From gamer to pro: Fabian ‘Febiven’ Diepstraten
Posted 2016-05-04 Lepertum
In this series, we set out to learn more about your favorite Fnatic members’ histories. What games did they play growing up? What did they spend their time on besides video games? In short, what did their lives look like before they became pros?
Hi Febiven, thanks for kicking off the series with us! You’ve been competing in the League of Legends scene for three years now and most people know you as Fnatic’s midlaner. What we don’t know, though, is how you got to that point. Can you tell us what the first game is that you remember playing and how old you were then?
I have been gaming ever since I was little. I remember playing Runescape around the age of 10. After that, I played World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and a lot of different Nintendo games.
Q Looking back, how important were those games for you? Was it the first step towards getting where you are now?
They weren’t really important for me. I was just playing for fun and it ended up with me becoming a professional gamer simply by playing a lot.
Q Did you have a favorite platform to play on and why? (In other words: PC or consoles?)
I always preferred to play on PC because I was really bad with controllers compared to how good I was when playing with a mouse and keyboard.
Q What other games did you play growing up (before LoL)? For a lot of gamers, there’s this one title or franchise that really stands out and brings up awesome feelings of nostalgia. Is there anything like that for you?
I played Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Runescape and a lot of Playstation. I also played Nintendo games like Sonic, Mario Kart, and others.
Q How did you get from playing those games to playing League of Legends?
I got introduced to League of Legends by a friend who I used to play a lot with back in the day.
Q What was your experience like trying to get into the League scene? Did you actively seek out open tournaments or was it something that just happened due to certain circumstances?
I climbed the ladder and I got recognised when I was part of the top 20. I was just waiting for offers when one day I got asked for a tournament and then I made a team with Voidle, Odoamne, Hjarnan, and K0u.
How did your life change once you realised you could be making a living by playing video games?
It didn't change a lot. I adapted well to this world and I’m really happy with how I handled things going into my career.
Knowing what you know now, is there anything you wish you handled differently?
No, not really.
Had you ever heard of esports and Fnatic before getting involved in competitive League?
Yes, I watched a lot of tournaments and gained my motivation to try and get higher in the rankings from doing that. Fnatic was “THE” team to play for. I got an opportunity from them and it clearly paid off.
Your parents are super supportive when it comes to your gaming career, was that also the case when you were younger? Not a lot of adults like seeing their kids play games for multiple hours a day.
Yes, my parents always let me do what I enjoyed. I played football, I played games and I was going to school. Then I became really good at gaming so they let me do what I'm good at and what I was having fun with. My parents gave me a lot of free time, which made it easier for me to get through this whole journey.
What about the rest of your family, any avid gamers there?
My brother also games a lot but he just plays for fun. The rest of my family not so much.
Where did school fit into your life? Finding the right balance between work and play is often tough, did you succeed?
I was a student who was slacking a lot because I got too addicted to gaming and I did quite poorly at school. I still passed my exams in the end, though. It was very close but my parents were happy.
Did you have any other hobbies besides gaming, sports maybe? We already saw you show off your skills at bubble football.
Yes, I really miss playing football because it was something I did for so long. I really like winning and outplaying people in everything that I do in life.
Lastly, where did your nickname come from? Does it have a cool backstory you’d like to share?
Febiven = Fabian + Riven. Fabiven didn’t sound that great so I changed the A to an E. The name originated from me playing Riven a lot on my road to getting a high ranking in League.
Thank you very much Febiven!
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