Behind the scenes with 'Call of Duty' e-Sport athletes
E-Sports is a multi-million dollar industry. Thousands of people watch top players compete. Many of those fans showed up to watch players in person last week at the Call of Duty competition held at the Forum. But it's what goes on behind the scenes that is a mystery for many.
Many top players train like athletes.
"We were outside training alongside some of the people who were training for the Combine....going to the NBA drafts and stuff like that," said Call of Duty Luminosity Player Anthony Wheeler.
"You really try to practice a lot. You also want to keep your body healthy and mind strong. Because it's literally all mind and reaction time with your hands," says Call of Duty team FaZe player Dillon Price.
Players need to be the top of their physical game to be at the top of their virtual game.
One big adjustment .... forget fast food.
"If I'm cooking at home, I like to cook rice and chicken, I'm not really good at anything else so I make that. In the mornings, I like to eat greek yogurt," said Wheeler.
The stereotype is of gamers playing marathon sessions long into the night in their parents basement. But most of these eSports athletes, many with hundreds of thousands of social media followers, have a strict schedule.
"You need to make sure you're getting enough sleep every night - 8 hours a night at appropriate times because when you come to tournaments like this when you have a messed up schedule and are going to sleep at 4 am and waking up at 4pm it doesn't work out," said FaZe player Clay Eubanks.
It's a sacrifice that comes with rewards... If you win or have sponsors, you can make serious money.
"I'd say maybe 30-40 grand from the lower end, all the way up to 200-300 grand to the top end," said Wheeler.
At the Call of Duty World Championship last weekend at the Forum in Inglewood thousands bought tickets to watch teams compete for 2 million dollars.
Even if the teams don't win... there's value in getting recognized for doing something they love.
"I walk outside in public sometimes and I get stopped, it happened with me one time with my mom and she just started cryin," said Jeremy Astacio, a player with Team Luminosity.
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