Since 2008, the Frenchman Richard "shox" Papillon has been an integral part of the eSports scene. Since the beginning of 2016 shox is part of the G2 Esports CS: GO Rosters. In an interview with paysafecard, the team captain tells of his beginnings in the eSport and reveals how he prepares himself optimally for tournaments. The CS: GO player is known for his skill with pistols and his accuracy with guns. For more information about shox, go to his Twitter page and the G2 website.
What role do you play and why do you play that role?
I’m the in-game leader and the captain. I’m playing this role because I think I’ve got a lot of experience, more than other players on my team, and I’m the most able to organise everything.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a pro gamer like you?
Never surrender. You will pass through really hard period but always just play and if it’s real, your dream, just keep focusing on it and it will pay off.
How do you train and prepare for matches?
No I don’t do anything specifically, I just try to get a good sleep before any match to be sure that I’m not tired. Maybe get some energy drink or coffee if I’m getting tired before the game, but that’s it.
What are you playing, when you are not playing your primary game?
I used to play a lot of games like, almost every game: StarCraft, Warcraft, Age of Empires, World of Warcraft. I mean, every game you can have on your computer, I’ve almost played them all. But at the moment, since I’m the captain, I have way more things to do around here, so I don’t have much time to spend on other games.
What kind of activities are you pursuing in your free time?
When I’m not playing CS:GO, first I like to relax and do nothing. Spending time with my girlfriend, my family, my friends. That’s it. We are all year round sitting in front of the computer playing video games, so when I don’t I’m just trying to clear my mind as much as possible and not be near a computer whatever.
What would you do if you were not a pro gamer?
I think I would probably be an event organizer. That’s something I did when I was in school, four years ago. I really enjoyed it – not being at the event as a client, but organising everything to make it really good for the people who are coming.
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