When doing our research and writing our blogs, we often pull from sources outside of eSports. Citing Sport Psychology, or traditional sport comparisons. However, we find it incredibly important to also hear it from the players themselves. Not only does it help us confirm the methods we write about, but it also helps us gain different perspectives that we can share with you. Something we’ve wanted to do for a long time is reach out to Free Agent players, and help them get exposure. Making it in this industry can be difficult for people without large followings.
Free agent players can also come with a different perspective. Since they aren’t signed by a team, they have the potential to bring a lot of ‘hunger’ in the way they operate. They are incredibly fascinating, and unfortunately we usually only get to know about them after they have been signed. We miss all of that sweat that goes on behind the scenes.
So we interviewed ‘Wishes’. An 18 year old Smash Ultimate, and Fortnite player who resides in New Jersey. He is currently one of the best Smash Ultimate Players in New Jersey, and an active streamer. He had some incredible insight on the improvement mindset, tournament endurance and motivation. Check out this snippet below, and then listen to the whole interview!
Z: You can’t even go to a tournament a Smash Tournament these days without seeing a prefix before someone’s name (a sponsor title). But you aren’t sponsored right now? Is there a reason why?
W: I’ve had offers in the past. I want to be on a team that I’m proud to rep, and proud to rep their brand. I don’t really play for money, if I was playing for money I probably wouldn’t be playing Smash. I’m kind of just waiting for a tier 1 team or a team that I’m really proud to be on.
Z: A lot of people take the sponsorships for the travel cost. Do you feel like you’d be taking advantage of a team if you were to just do that. Given what your perspective?
W: I feel like I’d be just taking the money, and only that, and I don’t want to do that.
Z: You had a fairly illustrious Smash 4 career. All before the age of 18. Not many people probably know where you come from. Could you give us a look at your past, prior to smash 4 and during?
W: I started when the game first came out, a couple months after. I went to a couple of tournaments, but I wasn’t that good. But I kept at it. Around the time Corrin came out, I started to gain some success but it was just locally. I’d go to a few majors, but I wouldn’t do super well. I was still very young, so I played very shaky and my hands would shake and I just didn’t perform very well.
Z: What are some of the things that you do to stay fresh inside and outside the game? I noticed that you were recently tweeting about Chapter 2 of Fortnite.
W: I play training mode every day. I play a little bit of wifi, but I don’t take it too seriously. Just like daily training mode, keeping your inputs and stuff on point. Making sure you can move around properly. At the end of Smash 4, I ended up quitting because I wasn’t enjoying it. In Fortnite season 3,4,5 I was definitely considered pro. Though there wasn’t a ranked mode.
Z: One of the things that I talk about in regards to being a free agent, and then becoming sponsored, is that some of these players, in our mind, just kind of pop up. To use some examples, your Sargo will just pop up. Even you can just pop up. Often times people will be like “wow this person is amazing” and they don’t typically see what work is put in to get there, or the method used to get there. You’ve indicated that you basically just jumped into Smash 4, and then just jumped into Fortnite. What is your method for being able to cross platform play different games and do them successfully, but also maintaining your skill as you go? What is happening in the background that people can’t see?
W:One thing I think personally I’m just naturally talented at games and can figure them out. Which helps a lot. But I think it’s about the mindset to improve. If you actually want to get good at a game you just have to sit down and accept all the dumb stuff. Just grind it out, record your vods and look back at what you did wrong. Eventually as you keep doing that you end up making less and less mistakes, until you end up getting better.
Wishes streams over at www.twitch.tv/wish7s drop by and subscribe to him. He promotes positive vibes through all of his streams.
You can also follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/wish7s
He also produces quality content over on his youtube, you can find that HERE!