Former snooker world champion Neil Robertson has spoken out about his video game habit, saying that getting hooked on World of Warcraft, League of Legends and FIFA has negative impacted his career since he won his UK Championship win in 2015.
The full story is on Eurosport, along with all of the quotes below and several more.
“I’ve been playing some videogames, and end up playing it through the night. One of them was League of Legends which is the most consuming game of all time”, he says.
“In fact, my partner Mille was talking to one of the designers of the game. She met him in Cambridge, and he said they are trying to make more games that don’t ruin people’s lives. Mille absolutely hates it. League of Legends is banned in my house. And rightly so. It is just awful.”
The Australian professional won the UK Championship in 2013 and 2015, and since then has been battling a League of Legends habit, in addition to getting serious about World of Warcraft.
Robertson mentioned multiple nights of playing until 6am, playing until just before he took his kids to school. Another session during the day after snooker practice, would last until it was time to pick his children up again.
“I was part of a raid team (in World of Warcraft), and we played a few nights a week. When we got out to China for a tournament, I was trying to make the raid slot," said Robertson. When I got out there, the connection was so bad that I couldn’t get access. I was furious for four or five days."
“All I was thinking about was getting back home for a connection from China. I lost my spot on the team, and all of a sudden that became more important than the snooker which is absolutely crazy.”
“I’m two months sober - if you like - from playing them”, he says. “My friend said to me: ‘you don’t get to choose the crack you are addicted to’. And the online ones I can’t touch because I just get too hooked on them.”