Esport Hall of Fame inductee Ksharp: It`s a great honor

The first American CS player in the ESL Hall of Fame presented by paysafecard loves Rocket League, Skadoodle and was surprise to learn of his own induction.

What was your reaction when you found out that you would be inducted into the ESL Hall of Fame presented by paysafecard?
I was very surprised.  I knew Heaton had been inducted and there are so many legends from those days that are deserving to be in the hall of fame. It was nothing I would have ever dreamed about even when I was competing back in the day, so for it to be happening now is kind of surreal.

You are the first American CS player to be inducted – how do you feel about that?
It’s something I’m very proud of.  I think I always tried to do my best to represent America in and out of the game and hopefully the fans feel I did an okay job. There are so many fantastic American players that I have no doubt will be in the Hall of Fame some day and I’m just happy to be among them.

What does being inducted into the ESL Hall of Fame presented by paysafecard mean to you?
I feel it’s a great honor and to know that I left a mark on Counter-Strike and esports.  Counter-strike is such a legendary game with so many great competitors across all the versions and years.  I have no doubt that there will be teammates and rivals who will be joining me in the years to come and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it all happen.

What have you been doing since you retired?
I’ve done quite a lot since I stopped actively competing but most recently I’ve had the chance to work on the business side of esports.  It’s been a lot of fun getting to stay involved in some capacity with Counter-Strike and gaming since it’s literally been in my life for almost 2 decades now. I’m an avid Hearthstone Arena player and dabble in Rocket League. I follow the pro scene in CS as much as I can and love rooting for my favorite players, f0rest and Skadoodle.
I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that Counter-Strike has given me throughout the years and I couldn’t be happier that it is still going strong as the best esport ever!

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring professional gamers of today: What would that be?
Find a game you really enjoy because it takes an incredible amount of time to become a pro at pretty much any game these days.  If you’re not having fun, it’s going to be almost impossible to become successful.

About the ESL Hall of Fame presented by paysafecard

The ESL Hall of Fame presented by paysafecard will honor competitors, contributors and great moments from the history of esport. Located in Cologne, Germany, it will induct several persons every year to honor their achievements during the rise of competitive gaming.


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