Perez’s family didn’t have a lot of money, he says. He lived with his parents and older brother in Naucalpan, a city on the outskirts of Mexico City that is considered to be one of the most dangerous areas in that country.
We didn’t used to have anything,” he says. “I remember that we used to sell a lot of things just to have money to eat, like [once] a week.”
Playing video games literally changed his life.
Now, as one of the world’s top gamers, Perez tells CNBC Make It that he’s been able to save roughly $500,000 from the income he’s made during his gaming career, including six-figure career winnings from gaming tournaments, income from eSports team T1 Sports & Entertainment and via his roughly 140,000 followers.
More recently, Perez has even found a new source of income as a star coach on the video game coaching platform Metafy.
Despite being only 20 years old, it’s taken Perez more than a decade to get to the point where amateur gamers will pay up to $100 an hour to try learning some of his skills. Perez kept entering more tournaments into his teenage years, entering local competitions that didn’t require him to spend money on travel, and occasionally winning modest amounts of money here and there. Mostly, he was winning smaller competitions, where the prize would only be around $200, he says.
But, even that amount was enough to help out his family financially. He could go to his family and say, “Yo, where do you want to go eat? Or, what do you want to eat?′ Or, we could even go buy a lot of things [we needed],” Perez says.
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