Written by Jon Scarr
I chatted with professional Rocket League player Memory, who plays for SetToDestroyX . We talked about his everyday life and what it takes to make it in e-Sports.
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WorldGaming: Hi, it’s nice to be able to sit down and talk with you. Do you mind telling WorldGaming readers a little bit about yourself?
Memory: Thanks for talking with me. My name is Michael Moss, but I’m more commonly known under the alias Memory. I’m 15 years old and I have been playing Rocket League for about two years.
WorldGaming: How did you get your start in e-Sports?
Memory: My start into e-Sports stemmed from just one tournament that my friend asked to do. I had never really heard much about e-Sports outside of CoD.
WorldGaming: Can you tell us what a normal day in your life is like?
Memory: Sure! My day is just like any other kid’s day. I wake up, go to school, do my homework, and enjoy the free time doing what I like. That free time may be with my friends, with my family, or playing games (video games and normal sports). My Summers are about the same, but without school and much more free time.
WorldGaming: What was it about Rocket League that drew you in?
Memory: Rocket League strikes the perfect balance between player skill and team skill. You won’t do well if you only focus on team play, and you won’t do well if you only focus on individual play. It’s an insanely fun experience. I was playing soccer very competitively at the time when I found the game, and it was a match made in heaven.
WorldGaming: It really sounds like Rocket League is a perfect fit for you. How does your family feel about you playing Rocket League professionally?
Memory: It was hard at first, my family didn’t share the same enthusiasm as I did. Honestly, they didn’t understand the concept. Though, they were surprised to see money flowing in each time I won. It took many talks about balancing school, my social life, and the game. Once we worked all that out, they now support me 100%–it’s pretty cool.
WorldGaming: I’m really glad to hear that your family is behind you and supports you all the way. Do you have any advice for those out there reading this that have dreams of competing competitively such as yourself?
Memory: There is nothing stopping you. You may have a few hurdles (like school), but if you really want to play, you’ll find a way. Believe it or not, all competitive players have been in the same situation. With that being said, you need to balance everything.
You can’t play 24/7—it’s not healthy. Find a balance and you’ll strike gold, and just keep playing—Practice makes perfect.
WorldGaming: That’s some really great and empowering advice! On the flip side, if you weren’t playing competitively what would you be doing?
Memory: I love Rocket League! Regardless of if I’m competing or not. I’d still be enjoying it with friends, as I do now.
WorldGaming: Is there a single moment in your career that stands out in particular for you?
Memory: I’d have to say that the most memorable moment was a series between us, the #16 seed, and the #1 seed at the time, Iris. We managed to upset them and go on to beat one of the top eight seeded teams to qualify for RLCS league play. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed so loud in my life!
WorldGaming: Are there any upcoming competitions that you will participating in?
Memory: The team and I will be participating in Dreamhack Atlanta in July, and then in RLCS S4 this upcoming August. We’re very excited.
WorldGaming: Where can we find you on social media?
Memory: I try and steam as much as possible, but I don’t have a specific schedule. I’m on Twitch, you can watch me here , and I’m also 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.