Neil Robertson, one of the greatest snooker players in the world, has opened up about an addiction to video games which he believes has affected his career.
The 2010 world champion and Australia’s greatest ever snooker player, Robertson was addicted to games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo 2, and League of Legends. Although he says he’s “two months sober…from playing them”, he admits the impact that video games have had on his life and career.
In the interview with Eurosport, Robertson explains how being part of a World of Warcraft raid group had him more interested in gaming than playing snooker.
“I was part of a raid team, 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. 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.”
He also believes fellow player Ding Janhui’s career was impacted by playing video games, as the pair used to play League of Legends together. “I think it is one of the reasons he had a poor season two or three years ago. We were both playing it non-stop, both glued to our laptops playing League of Legends” he said.
FIFA was another game Robertson felt hampered his career. He said: “The years I had the 100 centuries, I should probably had around 120 because I got addicted like hell to FIFA 14,”
He also had a word to say on children and video games, and how bad the combination can be for youngsters.
“It is really sad to see that there is no longer any kids playing at the park. Empty goals, empty basketball courts and empty snooker halls when you think about it.
“They’re all at home playing computer games. They’re designed like that for the kids and on a sidenote, I think it is important for parents to keep the Ipads away from kids if you want them to develop healthy life habits.”
Neil Robertson is quite possibly the first high-profile sportsman to admit an addiction to video games. Just how well received the news will be remains unclear, however it will almost certainly give negative views a higher platform.
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