James Dingley (TwitchDingleyC) is an 18-year-old, who studies esports at the University of Chichester. Originally from Hong Kong, James has been an avid esports gamer since 2016. Some of his biggest achievements to date are commentating in regional finals and successfully coaching players to winning great amounts of money in gaming events.
What got you interested in studying esports?
Growing up I played a lot of Football and participated in a lot of regional sports events in Asia. Playing video games was just a bit of fun for me until I entered Sixth Form, where I got into coaching and commentating specifically in Fortnite. I enjoyed doing this and got a lot of positivity from my parents and friends. After I found out there was an esports course I was keen on doing it because of how fast pace the industry is growing, as well as how in-demand jobs are in esports.
“As a professional coach,
I am confident in creating new strategies”
Which esports games do you enjoy the most?
I’ve played a wide range of games but as for an esport title, Rocket League has been super entertaining to watch because it’s such a crazy mix of competition. Secondly, Rainbow Six Siege because of how intense and strategic it is. Last but not least, I’d say Fortnite, simply because of the Battle Royale genre and the fact they have competitions open to anyone in any region with a huge prize pool.
What would you say are your top skills?
As I am a professional coach, I am confident in creating new strategies, helping them improve mentality to perform better. I have commentated in front of hundreds of people and although it is online, it still takes a lot of courage. I would say I have entrepreneurial qualities as I started up my freelance coaching in South East Asia, later expanding to the Middle East and now it has been successfully running for 2 years.
What is your dream job?
Some jobs in the esports industry that interest me are marketing executive, team manager or an esports lawyer but that would take more years of experience.