Fred Schwefel is a 19-year-old gamer on the second year of the esports course at University of Chichester. From his bedroom in West London, Fred started off playing Call of Duty on his console, before moving to PC where he excelled at Overwatch.
What got you interested in studying esports?
For the last 4 years I have been playing in multiple different esports teams and organisations through many different games. But I could never, and still haven’t, found the game that I want to excel at. I’ve known for a long while that I want to be in the esports industry, but wasn’t quite sure what I would want to do, so I decided to join the course at University of Chichester to therefore show me the variety of different and important jobs that I could work at in the future
“My dream job? To commentate top tier
CSGO games …”
Which esports games do you enjoy the most?
The game which I definitely had the most fun playing was PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG). It was one of the first games that I had played at a high level and I can’t remember a time playing it that I got bored, or no longer enjoyed it. It united my love of First Person Shooters (FPS) and Solo games. Therefore making it a game that I found very easy to win. I do enjoy many other FPS games, such as: CSGO, Overwatch, Call of Duty and a new up and coming game Valorant. Although I mainly play FPS games, I have started playing League of Legends and luckily I have had the chance to have a coach helping along the way. One of my fellow classmates John (illumi) has helped me understand the game and its vast number of champions and their counters.
What would you say are your top skills?
My top skill for these games is my mechanical abilities. Due to my history of playing FPS games at a high level, I’ve spent multiple thousands of hours perfecting my aim and movement in certain games. Therefore making it quite easy for me to quickly get good at the new games we play. For instance within the first week of playing Valorant I went from one of the lowest rank Bronze 2 to Diamond 1. Proving that my skills in certain games are transferable.
What’s your dream job?
To commentate over top tier CSGO games. CSGO is one of my favourite games, and to be in a position where commentating over the best of the best would be an amazing job. Obviously it will take me a while to get there, but it’s an aspiration that hopefully I will be able to achieve.