Esports has an estimated global audience of 200 million people, and this year it’s set to surpass $1bn in revenue according to a report by analytics company Newzoo.
Professional Esports organisation Fnatic has set up a new academy for students hoping to become the next top-earning gamer.
Thomas Willis is an academy player on the League of Legends team who says full-time gaming involves “a lot of hard work and sacrifice”.
“One of the things people say that annoys me the most is: ‘you’re really lucky to be able to do something that you like,'” Thomas told us.
“I usually actually end up working longer hours than they do.”
Listen to more about the rise of Esports on Radio 4.