Written by Jon Scarr
I recently caught up with professional Rocket League player for SetToDestroyX Joshua Wright aka Lemonpuppy. I had a chance to talk with him about what it is like to be a pro gamer.
WorldGaming: Hi Josh, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you get started in e-sports?
Lemonpuppy: Sure, and thanks for the interview! My name is Joshua Wright, but most people know me as Lemonpuppy. I live in the United States in the state of Michigan, and I am 16 years old. I got started in e-sports by watching members of the Optic Call of Duty Team in Black Ops.
WorldGaming: Did you ever consider competing in Call of Duty professionally?
Lemonpuppy: I tried to compete in Call of Duty myself, but I couldn’t achieve the highest level of gameplay. So, after five years of playing COD, I decided to move to Rocket League.
WorldGaming: Why did you choose Rocket League over other competitive games?
Lemonpuppy: Every game I ever played, I eventually got bored of it after a few months of playing it non stop. Though, when I played Rocket League that never happened. To me, the game always felt fresh and exciting to play. Once I realized that I could play at the top tier of this game and knew it was growing rapidly, I knew this was the game for me.
WorldGaming: That’s interesting. So can you tell me what your most memorable match in Rocket League is?
Lemonpuppy: The most memorable match I have ever played was when we beat Atelier in the final match to qualify into league play. League play is the most prestigious achievement in Rocket League and eight teams qualify each season. This win was the most mind blowing accomplishment I had ever achieved, I was so excited.
WorldGaming: Congrats on the win and qualifying, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. What do your friends and family think of your decision to get into competitive gaming?
Lemonpuppy: Thank you, my family is very supportive of me playing competitive gaming. Ever since I was young, all I ever wanted to do was to play video games. I have always spent all of my time playing video games, so my parents were not surprised that I decided to compete and pursue my career in e-sports.
My Friends are also supportive of me playing Rocket League professionally, but they also think it takes up too much of my time.
WorldGaming: Thanks again for chatting with us. Do you have any upcoming competitions that you will be competing in?
Lemonpuppy: I will be competing at the DreamHack Atlanta LAN with my team starting July 21st, we are very excited.
WorldGaming: Do you have any final words you want to say?
Lemonpuppy: You can come watch me on Twitch where I stream everyday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm EST, except for Saturday and if I have any competitions. You can also chat with me on Twitter.
Based in Toronto, Jon is a proud Canadian who loves all things gaming. He is a veteran of the video game and tech industry who has been in love with technology and gaming for over 20 years. Come say hi and join the conversation with Jon on Twitter.