Ex-Soldier Mark Ness earned $700,000 training ‘League of Legends’ players

This retired soldier makes a mint to teach phantom warriors how to fight on their PC.

Mark Ness, a former military intelligence sergeant, trains people on how to play the video game “League of Legends” – the most popular game played on a competitive level around the world.

While esports is gaining momentum – to even be seen as an Olympic event – the pool of coaches is still small, and the 33-year-old Virginia has seized the opportunity. It is estimated that he earned $700,000 last year.

“I’m an early video game coach, so I don’t have to fight to keep clients, that’s ridiculous,” said Ness, who served on tour in Afghanistan during his four-year military career. “If a fitness coach heard that, he’d be like, ‘That’s amazing,’ because this is a competitive industry and everyone on Instagram is a fitness influencer these days.”

Costing anywhere from $250 to $300 for 90-minute online sessions, Neace trains more than 1,000 clients a year—including 49 players in defensive tackle Kalia Davis; Glassdoor founder Robert Hohmann. and famous YouTuber and world-class player Richard Blevins, also known as Ninja.

Ness became obsessed with games in his dial-up internet days, when his father let him play Command and Conquer, a military strategy game. He got really good in the end, and no one bothered to try to beat him up.

During high school, Ness snuck into the Halo 2 competition at the University of Maine, as the team’s bellboy. They stomped on the competition and took first place, but Ness couldn’t collect his $100 prize when the judges found out he wasn’t actually a student there.

“It was such an amazing moment for me – to even get a chance to win some games,” he said. “I started thinking, ‘There must be something more I can do with this. “

Mark Ness
Neace charges anywhere from $250 to $300 for 90-minute online sessions.
Mark Ness
“One of the first video game coaches,” Ness says.
Andre Mages Photography

In 2010, when he was 21 years old, he joined the US Army. Serving in the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, his job mirrored the games he played — combing vast amounts of data and preparing combat soldiers on how best to carry out their mission — only with so much at stake. Although he never saw combat, his work directly affected the lives of his fellow soldiers.

“While I was on duty, there was a lack of sleep, a lot of stress and there was always this sense of responsibility – am I doing enough for these guys to make the right decisions on the battlefield?” He said.

Neace’s journey into becoming a successful gaming coach has been a 10-year career filled with financial hard times, many hours of YouTube creation and humility, especially when he and his wife had to move in with her parents.

Mark Ness
Game Coach’s success didn’t happen overnight – he’s dedicated 10 years to Youtube videos.
AFP via Getty Images

He felt like a dude in a fledgling garage squad who should have given up on his dreams years ago.

He said, “Even my parents were like, ‘When are you going to get a real job? ”

His wife encouraged him to start his own website as he initially paid $100 for a training session, and he quickly took off. Over time and with the constant influx of customers, he managed to triple his prices.

Marc Ness the player
Ness says his player training pool is very small – which allows him to thrive.
AFP via Getty Images/Christophe Archambault

Ness said he wouldn’t recommend people completely follow in his footsteps.

“I put all my chips in the middle on this thing, and it worked, but it wasn’t very easy to use,” he said.

#ExSoldier #Mark #Ness #earned #training #League #Legends #players

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.