Martin Tai (@zer0tai), is a 21 year old, originally from Hong Kong who moved to UK at the age of 2. Currently in his first year of the esports course at University of Chichester, Martin started playing competitively in high school with Call of Duty and FIFA before discovering his favourite game Overwatch in college.
What got you interested in studying esports?
Growing up I have always been a competitive person. I think that particularly stems from being of Asian descent, you kind of always have that competitive spirit because your parents are always trying to push you to do better. Going into gaming was exactly the same as that for me. I always felt like I wanted to be better than other people so I would practice 24/7 even if it was a small game that not many people knew about. Finding out about esports and seeing that you could make a living and a name out of it, seeing people that had teammates that they considered to be like family to them, it just looked like a dream to me. I just thought to myself that this was something I wanted to get into. Once I found the esports course here, I literally dropped all my plans. I was meant to go to London to study Games Art and Design but as soon as I found out that the University of Chichester offered esports as a course, I knew I had to be here and I’m so glad that I changed my mind. I didn’t want to be stuck in a course that I wasn’t 100% happy in for the next 3 years.
“I knew that I needed to take charge and be authoritative…”
Which esports games do you enjoy the most?
Overwatch is the game that I’d say I enjoy the most. Rainbow Six Siege is also another game I enjoy a lot, it’s very tactical and that’s what I like about it. I’ve also started to play For Honor too. It’s not really a big game but a lot of my friends play it too. Because of my competitive spirit though, I do try to branch out into different games and genres rather than just sticking with one.
What would you say are your top skills?
I think mostly leadership skills in terms of when we were made teams at uni, no one really knew each other. I was the one who was the most vocal and stepped up during practices which isn’t me at all because I can be very shy especially when I don’t know the people. In that situation, I knew that I needed to take charge and be authoritative. I’d say I have a lot of adaptabilities too. In esports, there are a lot of times when you are put under pressure and you’re in a team full of people who are just as heated as you are. Trying to keep your cool and keep the team together in situations like that can definitely be hard but I have the ability to do so. I also have a willingness to learn. I have a hunger and drive to achieve things that I think also spurs from my competitive tendencies.
What is your dream job?
Recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot and I’d love a career that I would enjoy for the rest of my life. I think I’d want to be either an esports pro player which I know would require a lot of work to achieve. If not, I’d be happy to work anywhere in the esports industry, even something like casting or the social media aspects. Anything to do with esports, I would be extremely happy with.