Jack Freeman is a second-year esports student from the West Midlands. Inspired by advertisements for the League of Legends Championships, Jack entered the world of competitive gaming in 2014. He currently attends the University of Chichester where he is the President of the esports society and a member of their National Student Esports (NSE) team.
What got you interested in studying esports?
I guess it was basically back in 2014 when I was just starting to play League of Legends, I was basically just trying to get better at the game and on the client, it advertised the Championship and I thought okay maybe I can learn something from the professional players. This is when I started watching the world championship and from there I kept watching. I just love the storylines that go from KaBum esports helping Cloud 9 getting out of groups to Uzi, who was my favorite back then. Just completely stomped out all the competition up to the finals. Now as the president of the esports society at my university I am working to translate our society and make it more like the industry itself, for the competitive side. I’ve started working towards getting coaches and analysts for our teams, I’ve already got a psychologist and a personal trainer signed on to help support our teams.
“My top skill is analytics … looking at a game or a specific player and just figuring out what their tendencies are …”
Which esports games do you most enjoy?
Definitely League of Legends, it was the first game I started playing. I have a bit of a love, hate relationship with it but at the end of the day, I can either play with friends and have some fun or play competitively and just get that satisfaction that I have won the game. Not just playing with some friends but having that satisfaction that we, together, have outplayed the enemy team and it’s just that satisfaction at the end which is why I keep coming back to it.
What would you say are your top skills?
My top skill is analytics so it’s just looking at a game or a specific player and just figuring out what their tendencies are, what they will tend to do during a game to get to their objective and learning from that and then applying the strategy to either counter that or abuse the weaknesses of what they are doing.
What’s your dream job?
I think in the end I just want to be at the finals of a world championship. Way out there, like a big dream would be to be a player but realistically to be anywhere on the support staff just being a part of the League of Legends world championship finals, just being there, with the crowd working towards winning the whole thing would be the dream in the end.