Life as an E-Sports Gamer Trainee in Seoul

Young Asian man in an orange jacket standing in a bustling city street at dusk, looking intently at the camera.

“I’ve been grinding hard as an e-sports gamer trainee, and let me tell you, it’s not all fun and games. I’m 22, from Shanghai but living in Seoul now, and my life revolves around training sessions, strategy meetings, and endless hours in front of a screen. It’s intense, and balancing everything can be tough. Some days, I feel like I’m on top of the world, and others, the pressure gets to me. My goal is to become one of the top players in the world, but the journey is full of obstacles. I have a few friends here who understand the struggle—like my buddy Kenji from Japan, who’s always down for a late-night ramen run after a long session. Speaking of food, my diet is all over the place. I try to stay healthy with lots of veggies and lean protein, but there are days when I just crave comfort food from back home. One dish I miss the most is xiaolongbao, those juicy soup dumplings that burst with flavor. Here in Seoul, I’ve found a place that makes them almost as good as the ones in Shanghai, and that’s where I go when I need a taste of home. On the other hand, gaming fuels like energy drinks and quick snacks are a big part of my routine—too much, probably, but they’re convenient. Balancing training and personal life is a constant challenge, but I’m lucky to have a supportive family and friends who get it. They know how much this means to me and keep me grounded. I also try to stay active outside of gaming by going for a run or hitting the gym when I can, but honestly, those moments are rare. At the end of the day, it’s all about staying focused on my goal and not losing sight of why I started. And if you ever get a chance, try the Korean twist on xiaolongbao here.”

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