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Bucharest Romania it's 10 p.m. at Cloud9's training camp for 12 hours the team has been competing against a rival team playing Dota or defense of the ancients.
It's a fanatic battle game that's some describe as chess on steroids Cloud9 is EternaLEnVy, bOne7, FATA, MiSeRy a newest member BigDaddy who joined six months ago.
Being a new guy than there's added pressure but my team are great I think everybody is very funny everybody has a good sense of humour.
Family and friends call him Johan but to he's fans he's known by a different name.
This 21 year old Dane is a global superstar carrying the hopes and dreams of thousands of followers.
But he's no ordinary sports men. Big Daddy is one of a new breed a professional computer gamer. Just like sports athletes these guys all strive to be the best. Big Daddy's the new star player for top ranking team Cloud9 and they're about to compete in the biggest ever eSports tournament.
He is of those players that there is a burning desire to be a world champion.
There's an 18 million dollar prize pool at stake but that's not all for this new generation of e athletes staying on top is the toughest game there is.
It's very cut throat if you stop being the best just for a little while that can mean the end of your career.
Each team-mate plays as one hero chosen from a roster of over a hundred.
All have unique abilities so the right mix is crucial if they're to achieve their goal of destroying the enemy teams base.
Quick thinking lightning reaction times and teamwork are the keys to victory. It's so important for the 5 people to play the same strategy if 5 different people want to play five different strategies is gonna be very hard.
Big Daddy's been brought in the give Cloud9 a decisive edge at the International a tournament being held in Seattle in a few weeks time.
Johan is a very good addition for us I will individual skill is very very high I think there's a potential for the team to be the best.
Cloud9 is one of the most popular eSports teams and around the globe 134 million people now watch competitive gaming online with tournament prize winnings larger than in many traditional sporting events and a young growing fanbase in their world Big Daddy and his teammates are rock stars.
Team manager Conrad Johnson has been dealing with e athletes and their egos for the past 3 years.
What's driving big daddy right now is the chance to prove himself on the biggest stage of all the international but with just two weeks to go he's still learning to gel with his new teammates and it's not proving easy. - I want a perfect fight, I don’t want fucking any fight that is not perfect for us.
With only a week to go before they leave for Seattle the teammates have returned home for some rest but Big Daddy isn't out enjoying the sunshine.
I think this is a 24/7 job I think that's kind of how it is a lot of the best players they don't just take a week off. I've been playing computer games and gameboy ever since I was 1 years old I get all the emotions you can get from playing satisfaction, depression, anger, joy I'm kind of addicted I think when I was younger it might have you know gone over some things something maybe important such as school.
Despite being academically gifted Big Daddy dropped out when he was just 17 to become one of the industries first full time pro gamers.
There's still alot of people who wanted me to stay especially like my school counsellor, my parents yeah that was a ongoing struggle for a while especially my mum she still wanted me to have an education.
Big Daddy's parents divorced 3 years ago and his mum has come around to see him before he leaves for Seattle.
His family is now so supportive of his gaming career they've given him the living room the rest of the family has to stay out of my room I need some kind of calm and quiet like trying to get some restarting now by the way so sorry if if you're gonna feel ignored.
There is a little bit of Rain Man in Johan, yeah I think that's why he's so good.
Seattle home of the fifth international the biggest eSports tournaments in the world and Dota fever has hit 16 teams have travelled from around the world to compete for the 18 million dollar prize pool the games will be watched online by millions around the globe as well as thousands of fans in the arena.
Cloud9 owner Jack has flown in to see his team perform. I feel like this year that we actually have a shot of of winning this 18 million dollar prize pool I mean you win first, every single player is a millionaire they just need to get in there and play as a unit together.
And this is CDEC our next opponent. Cloud9's first match is against CDEC a little-known Chinese team who've come from nowhere it's the first time they've qualified for a top level tournament.
We prepare for almost a year for this if we win it's kind of a challenge and we will do our best to beat the Cloud9, yeah. It's 9:30 on the night before their first match Cloud9's final practice should be a time for fine tuning team tactics but they're still grappling with more fundamental issues.
We asked you, we're actually getting worst like there's no plan we need to fucking natural have a natural instinct to play as a team we need to have a natural instinct to group up against a good team were your fucking punished where you get fucking smashed and folded up like monkeys.
It’s the morning of Cloud9's game against unknown chinese opponents CDEC.
Cloud9 need to use their heroes to kill the enemy and destroy their base the first team to take over the map will win.
It's a strong start for Cloud9 but CDEC launch a counter attack. C9 can’t really deal with that level of aggression CDEC is rampaging through the Cloud9 side of the map. The team's strategy begins to fall apart.
10 days after crashing out of the international Cloud9 disbanded the entire team.
CDEC went on to take 2nd place and $2.9million.
Big Daddy has now formed his own team "Monkey Business"