Nick Kyrgios, Australian professional tennis player and Wimbledon runner-up, reportedly had a severe video game addiction according to his mother Norlaila Kyrgios.
The report comes from The Sydney Morning Herald, where Kyrgios’ mother says, “He was happy to sit in his room and play video games all the time. His shoulder would hurt from how much he would play.
She continues: “In Beijing, we wanted him to walk with us on the Great Wall of China. Who wouldn’t, right? But Nick wouldn’t go. He was happy to sit in his room and order, that’s what worried me. However, she says the professional is “finally appreciating where he is.”
This is not the first time that a negative correlation between video games and sports has been established. Last year, Portuguese soccer coach Jose Mourinho called the popular multiplayer shooter Fortnite “a nightmare” for players. He said in a series of quick questions that “football players stay up all night playing this shit and the next day they have a game”.
However, the games have also proven useful in professional sports, at least when it comes to coverage. The BBC used Unreal Engine, which coincidentally is the engine Fortnite is built on, to make it look like live coverage was taking place in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics (which was delayed until 2021).
“A lot of people thought we were actually living from Tokyo, but because of the pandemic, the obvious travel restrictions and the uncertainty that comes with it all, we did things slightly differently,” the TV presenter said. Dan Walker. He explained that “everything is rendered from the same engine that produces Fortnite.”
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