Around here, we usually see cars as another weapon of mass destruction, but in recent years it has become another real world item living in the virtual world of gaming and esports. This has meant a proliferation of racing sims and competitive sim racers with a number of major esports and competitive events around the world.
Alleric Enslin is one of South Africa’s competitors in the scene and his team Virtualdrivers by TX3 is part of French organisation Team-LDLC. We got to know more about him recently.
Go ahead and introduce yourself.
My name is Alleric Enslin, I’m 19 and I’m a professional sim racer for Virtualdrivers by TX3 / Team-LDLC.
What’s you platform of choice? Why?
PC. I prefer PC as most simulation/racing games are only available on PC.
Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?
Yes, I played Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 when I was about 5 or 6 years old.
How long have you been gaming?
Around 13 years in total.
When do you think you’ll stop gaming?
Never. [Well, no-one ever takes into account that the zombie apocalypse is very likely to stop your gaming… – Undead Ed]
Are you a serious gamer? Or do you enjoy a laugh?
I’m a very serious gamer, but sometimes after a long day I prefer to just hop online with friends and just chill.
Singleplayer or multiplayer?
Is playing online important to you?
Yes, It’s basically all I do.
Yes, I race for a team called Virtualdrivers by TX3, which is Team-LDLC’s racing team. Virtualdrivers by TX3 is a professional esports team based in Europe and has been signed by Team-LDLC at the start of 2018. The goal is to take drivers of the team to the next level and to do sim racing full time. We are currently 2nd in the ForzaRC World Championship and have drivers on every platform and every competitive racing game you can think of.
Favourite game currently?
Raceroom Racing Experience.
Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming? What?
Yes, I like being creative with making videos and art in Photoshop.
You’re stranded on a desert island and a genie grants you five items. Name them:
A game: Trackmania 2
A CD: deadmau5 – “Where’s the drop?”
A movie or TV series: Star Wars (Series + Movies)
An organic life form: Doggo
Something edible or drinkable: Coffee
What’s the most embarrassing or worst game you’ve ever bought or received as a gift?
Shake your money simulator.
If you were a game designer, describe your ultimate game design.
Luckily my ultimate design is already becoming a reality and it is called Star Citizen.
The zombie apocalypse has happened. You’re facing down a ravenous zombie horde. What weapon do you grab?
Elon Musk’s Flamethrower.
In the aforementioned zombie apocalypse you humans are all toast. Become a turncoat and assist the superior zombies or stay with the soon to be wiped out human resistance?
Thanks for taking the time to answer our silly questions. What game are you off to play now that you’re done?
I’ll be doing some racing on Project Cars 2.
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