an esports enthusiast from the Moselle shines on FIFA

For a few years now, Lucas Forte has been enjoying FIFA evenings with friends a little less. Nobody wants to play against him anymore. “It happens that a man provokes me and says that he is going to beat me. We’re playing and I’m planning four, five goals for him,” the 19-year-old laughs.

Four or five zeros is the union minimum you can expect if you dare to challenge a budding champion. Because Lucas Forte isn’t just this friend who is doing well on console. In fact, he is an ambitious professional FIFA player. “I started playing FIFA 12, so in 2012, I played with my uncle, remembers de Sarregueminois. When I was 15 I started watching videos of professional players. One day I happened to be playing an online match against a professional on FIFA 21 , and I held on very well.”

A profession of the future

Lucas Forte, another high school student, chose to bet on video games for his professional future. A decision that was poorly accepted at the time. “I was told to study, to find a real job. And then I started to be interviewed, to appear on TV and my family understood that it was serious. †

Today, his family members fully support him and the results are encouraging. At the end of 2021, he took part in the European Championships and the French Championships. “Some people wait five or ten years for this. Me, I lived it from my freshman year, I was very lucky. †

The young man is aware that the road will be long. “In France you only have a few dozen players who make a living from video games. But it is a job with a future. I am sure that being a professional gamer will develop like for youtubers or influencers. †

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“We are not locked up nerds”

Lucas Forte is aware of this: video game players still suffer from clichés, especially about the pace of life. However, his everyday life is on the antipodes. “We are not geeks who are locked at home, who get up after noon and play in the dark for 12 hours without seeing anyone. Me, I play an hour and a half a day. Sometimes I don’t even touch the console. I play whenever I want, otherwise I won’t get ahead. †

And the training is very serious. “I do a lot of video analysis of my own matches. I also do the sparring partner (Editor’s Note a training partner) for professional players. I think confronting the best allows you to progress and learn. †

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During competitions, the young man is very supervised. “Our team has followed us by a nutritionist and a coach, you need a physical and mental condition, like in a classic sport. Yes, esports is sport, no doubt about it. †