Meet Matthew Smith – South African World Championship Gamer

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Matthew ‘Feno’ Smith is one of South Africa’s top League of Legends players, who represented South Africa at the IESF World Championships in South Korea.

While the South African League of Legends team did not make it out of the group phase, they did notch up a win against Iran at the event.

MyGaming caught up with Smith to find out what he does for a living, how he funds his gaming habit, and what his gaming rig looks like.


Are you a full-time gamer, or do you have a day job?

I currently work and study.


How many hours per day do you practice competitive gaming?

It currently varies from 2 hours to 20 hours per week, depending on other commitments.


How much money per year do you make from gaming – through prize money, sponsorships, and team salary?

Nothing, other than being given the opportunity to go to the IESF World Championships in South Korea, and a few small perks.

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Is it possible to sustain yourself financially in South Africa as a full-time gamer?

No chance whatsoever. The current state of the gaming environment in South Africa cannot support professional gamers.


Which games do you like to play, apart from League of Legends?

I love a good game of Fifa with the lads.


Apart from gaming, what activities do you like?

Surfing and socializing.


Can you share details of your gaming rig?

  • Intel Core i7 CPU
  • GTX 740M graphics card
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • Basic Lenovo laptop keyboard with a Roccat Savu mouse
  • Standard Lenovo 17-inch laptop screen.

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