Hoping to Become a Gaming “Legend”
When Daniel Biery graduates this May, he hopes to use his RMU degree to launch a long and successful career in actuarial science.
But lately he’s been busy battling enemy minions in Southeast Asia.
Biery, from Gaithersburg, Md., was recently in Singapore, where from November 22-25 his team competed against eight others from around the world in the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Singapore League of Legends video game competition.
League of Legends is a popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game that pits two teams of players known as “summoners” against each other as they try to destroy the other team’s base or “Nexus”. According to Forbes.com, League of Legends has “more daily players than Instagram has daily visitors” and attracts over 32 million players monthly. It is the most played video game in the world.
Biery’s team included four other members, all from California, whom he met online. The team, which was sponsored by absolutelegends.net, qualified for the Singapore competition by making the top two in a 32-team U.S. online competition. At the IEM Singapore competition, Daniel’s team again took 2nd place, earning it a $8,500 prize.
When he’s not honing his gamer skills, Biery, a beneficiary of RMU’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, participates in RMU’s Actuarial Science Club and serves as a tutor in the Center for Student Success.
Although he was excited about the competition and the opportunity to travel abroad, Biery admits that he was also a little nervous to be competing in front of so many people. During the Season 1 World Championships in Sweden in June 2011, over 1.6 million viewers watched the live streaming broadcast.
“I’m used to playing in the comfort of my dorm room,” he says. “This was the first time I played on stage in front of a thousand people and who knows how many watching online.”
Written by Valentine J. Brkich