HeatoN, former Counter-Strike player, will write the first esports autobiography

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Esports already has a history despite only really being in the public eye for a good six or seven years now. The story of esports comes from as early as the late 80s, but the world of professional gamers and gaming celebrities is something a lot of us are still getting to grips with. One of those celebrities, and regarding as one of the first and biggest in Counter-Strike is Emil “HeatoN” Christensen who will be writing his own autobiography later this year.

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The book, titled “HeatoN: Playing with your life,” will follow the life of the now 33-year-old former player and his journey through esports. The book is set to come out in September and will shed light on the plights and triumphs of Sweden’s most popular CS player through his years as a player, coach, and manager in Ninjas in Pyjamas, as well as the lawsuit he faced in 2015 regarding accounting violations within the organization.

“There have been a lot more setbacks than success, honestly,” HeatoN told Swedish newspaper Sydsvenskan today. “Huge parts of my life have been difficult, but I think that is what’s shaped me as a person. People looking in often focus on my success, and I haven’t been all too keen to talk about my setbacks—but I’m laying it all out there now.”

The aim of the book, as explained by HeatoN, is to spread the word of esports especially to parents of young aspiring esports players. HeatoN began his professional career at the age of 17 in the early 2000s, a time where playing games was still considered a “waste of time.” The book is definitely going to be an interesting read, but it’s unconfirmed whether an English version will be printed as the title is – “HeatoN: Livet på Spel.”

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Last Updated: May 25, 2017

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Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • HvR

    Remember late 90’s being astounded when first guys were winning $100k prizes with CS.

    Unfortunately for us in the 3rd world prrr prrr ping ping modem was a no go speed wise and that telkom was charging you R0.85 for each minute you were playing

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