Damon Cheng was born and raised in Essex and enjoys staying active through various forms of sport, including rock climbing and badminton. Damon regularly enjoys improving his skills and widening his knowledge on various aspects of esports ranging from graphic design to tournament organising. His favourite game to play is Dota 2.
What got you interested in studying esports?
Originally, the main game plan was to go to university to study maths but I wasn’t really feeling that I was going to enjoy it. The only thing I found interest in and still do is playing games. I went to ESL Birmingham at one point and I really enjoyed the event – just talking to a bunch of people. I just wanted to work in that industry because I just love playing games so much. And when the esports course got announced I was just right on it. I just jumped in and bailed on the maths and went straight for the course.
Which esports games do you most enjoy and why?
“I really enjoy match-based games. I like to start from the bottom and end at the top and just do that all over again. It’s like I don’t want to continue something for too long.”
Dota 2, OSU and Tetris. Dota 2 is an online battle arena game, it’s sort of like a chess game where you control one piece. But the rules are constantly changing and I really enjoy match-based games. I like to start from the bottom and end at the top and just do that all over again. It’s like I don’t want to continue something for too long. I just want to have the journey there and then I’m done, and I can do that over and over and that’s why I like it. I like OSU because the harder it gets, the more fun it is. It improves your coordination, your timing and reaction speed. Tetris is a puzzle game that I like to challenge my brain with. I like to keep my brain active so I like playing puzzle games. It just keeps your brain active and I can use it to real life.
I’d say I’m good with teamwork, problem solving and that I have great mechanical ability. Because the games I play are so team-based, for example, Dota 2. You can’t play the game alone otherwise you’ll just end up losing. So every match I play it’s always the same case – I have to speak to four other people. You have to be very vocal about the game. With my problem solving ability, I’d say Tetris helps a lot. It’s like a simplified version of real life almost.
At the moment I’m not sure what I’d like to go into because I’m exploring different varieties and fields in the Esports industry. So right now I’m doing graphic design, music production and tournament organising. So I think in the end I’d like to have some sort of security where I have a degree and it’ll help me get a job and work my way up.