Written By: Steve Vegvari
Nicolai “Snaski” Andersen is a Rocket League player from Denmark. Currently on the Fnatic roster, he plays alongside Maestro and Sikii. Snaski began his break in eSports when Rocket League first launched.
In 2017, Snaski and Fnatic powered through RLCS Season 4 EU and walked away with the first place title. Recently, the Fnatic team went to DreamHack: Leipzig.
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Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: My name is Nicolai Andersen, I am 21 years old and from Denmark. I’ve been playing video games all my life, and started playing Rocket League in august 2015. Shortly after, I started playing competitive Rocket League.
Q: How did you first get into eSports?
A: When I was a younger I would watch Counter-Strike 1.6, which amazed me. The fact that they could live from video games seemed incredible. Since then I was determined that one day that would be me.
Q: In your opinion, has eSports become a profession?
A: It is hard to tell to be honest. I think a lot of us thought of rocket league as work way before it blew up because we knew it had the potential it just needed the right push. I suppose when it finally got RLCS in early 2016 was when it became truly serious though.
Q: What is it about Rocket League that grabbed your attention?
A: At the very beginning it just seemed very funny to play with friends. I quickly realised that I learned quicker than the average person, and it started to become competitive for me. It had a pretty smooth transaction from fun to competitive which I believe is the main reason i stuck to it.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to see added into the game?
A: For awhile we’ve wanted team oriented items, but because of lack of consistency in RLCS it wasn’t really possible. Now that they have a consistent system and Psyonix know what teams/organizations will be competing awhile. Looking ahead, I really want in-game items for the RLCS teams/players. It really benefits everybody involved as it has been a highly requested thing from the fans.
Q: When playing competitively, do you have a designated role you play?
A: In Rocket League we rotate, so basically in the perfect world you should be able to do everything equally well. Since we don’t live in the perfect world then obviously we all have strength and weaknesses. You try as hard as possible to use every player to the best efficiency. Personally I am better defensively than offensively, so I am probably more likely to stay behind than my teammates are.
Q: Can you walk us through your experiences at DreamHack: Leipzig?
A: It wasn’t the best location for the venue in my opinion. There was very little food around the venue and it was only fast food, so getting proper nutrition was impossible. The tournament was very well run though. We had a poor performance but are still working hard to get back.
Q: What is an important tip you can give out to anyone looking to pursue eSports?
A: Respect is earned not given. Many seems to misunderstand this. You won’t get respected until you consistently show people you belong with the best.
Q: What can everyone expect to see from you in the coming months?
A: Publicly I am not so sure. We’re focusing very hard on our upcoming competitions in RLCS, and Gfinity Elite Series. After not performing to maximum capability for awhile it is really all we’re trying to fix.
Q: Where can people find you online?
Twitter.com/Snaski10, Facebook.com/Snaski10 and Instagram.com/snaski10.
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.