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From CS:GO to Dota events
Banks is still new to the workspace of MOBAs, as he was only part of the most recent WePlay! Esports tournaments. He was actively interested in participating in a Dota event. As he speculates, the pandemic worked out in his favour as some of the typical panel members could not attend the tournaments. While his usual surrounding, the world of CS:GO, has a different feeling, Banks felt warmly welcomed by the Dota community and also his colleagues.
Instantly, I felt like one of the guys. Chatting, talking about the game, having fun.
First ever DOTA2 event, hosting for @WePlayEsport! I said end of 2019 in an interview that I would love to work a DOTA event and I never expected it to happen so early...time to shine 🤩 https://t.co/Sr2ChXiHsh— James Banks 🇺🇦 (@BanKsEsports) April 20, 2020
"Esports is something that can be inclusive"
Everyone who works in esports has taken a different path. Banks' entry into the scene was quite difficult as he came from an incredibly dark place, growing up in poor circumstances. He was able to overcome all hurdles and fight his way from criminal surroundings to follow his passion for gaming. His hard work paid off: while he originally had to work his normal day-jobs to survive, he produced esports content in the evening until the morning for free as he was so eager to find a way into the scene.
I went from selling drugs to being a pro-player to trying to get some basic studies. (...) Esports, I just got so lucky with. I did whatever for nothing like writing, articles, interviews, anything to stay involved. And it paid off.
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