This week’s Profiled features local Call of Duty stalwart Lithium. In the last five years he has featured regularly in a variety of competitions and placed top three on more occasions than not. Since his days with Team Astra, he is now representing one of South Africa’s best known MGO’s Bravado Gaming.
We get to know the player a little better below.
Go ahead. Introduce yourself. Don’t be shy.
I am Dillon “Lithium” Charalambous, a competitive Call of Duty player based in South Africa!
What’s you platform of choice? Why?
My platform of choice is the PS4 because the community is by far bigger than any other console and it is the competitive platform for Call of Duty esports!
Can you remember the first time you ‘gamed’?
The first game I ever played was Crash Bandicoot on PS1 and I enjoyed it so much that I progressively started to put more time into gaming because It was fun.
How long have you been gaming?
I have been gaming online since 2012, playing either Forza Motorsport or Call of Duty.
When do you think you’ll stop gaming?
I’m currently studying on the side and the only time I would ever consider stopping gaming is if there were no competitive opportunities in South Africa or if the community died away.
Pretty sure that wont be happening anytime soon!
Would you call yourself a serious gamer? Or do you enjoy a laugh?
I am a serious gamer, I enjoy competing and whenever I am online I focus on Call of Duty. Myself and my team are aiming to become dominant in the WWII season and we also would like to play overseas if possible and make sure we are ready for any opportunities that rise up.
Singleplayer or multiplayer?
Multiplayer any day. I only play Call of Duty titles and I cannot recall the last time I played a single player match. I find multiplayer to be competitive and fun and that is why I only stick to competitive.
Is playing online important to you?
Yes it is because I can connect with the people I enjoy playing with (my team and a few friends) aswell as compete against other South African’s in the game that I enjoy playing.
Bravado Gaming is the most established and the most successful gaming organisation in South Africa, and we are sponsored by Alienware and Intel.
A clear definition would be:
Bravado Gaming serves home to some of the best local and international competitive gamers while simultaneously building a lifestyle gaming brand. It is our aim to help the progression of e-sports both locally and internationally by raising levels of competition and increasing public involvement and developing corporate opportunities.
I am the captain of the Call of Duty team and our goal is to be a dominant force and set a mark internationally in the future!
Tell us a little about your achievements in competitive Call of Duty locally.
2013: Winners of BO2 MSSA Nationals.
2014: Did not compete properly (only won some online tournaments for fun).
2015: Won all the major titles this year – EGE 2015, MGMS Online Qualifier One, MGMS LAN event and DGC.
2016: Winners of the Epic RSA LAN, Winners of the Astro Gaming Cup, Winners of MGMS Online Qualifier One, Winners of the CWL MAGCUP.
2017: Won a few small LANs including RUSH, came 3rd at MGMS and 2nd at VS Gaming Championships.
2018: Looking to make a mark.
Favourite game currently?
My favorite game currently is Gran Turismo Sport! It is by far the most realistic racing simulator to ever reach console gaming and the graphics are on another level. However, it is the off season for Call of Duty and when WWII releases, most of my time will be spent grinding that game.
Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming? What?
I enjoy fitness and pursue a fitness lifestyle and I also have a passion for cars.
You’re stranded on a desert island and a genie grants you five items. Name them:
A game: Call of Duty Black Ops 2.
A CD: Migos – Culture.
A movie or TV series: Billions.
Something drinkable: Sparkling water.
What’s the most embarrassing or worst game you’ve ever bought or received as a gift?
I have not played many games but the worst one in my opinion was Call of Duty Ghosts.
If you were a game designer, describe your ultimate game design.
My ultimate game design would form around the Black Ops franchise and basically implement more detail into it by including weapon trading and camo creation for players.
The zombie apocalypse has happened. You’re facing down a ravenous zombie horde (which may or may not include members of ZG in bikinis). What weapon do you grab?
I grab the Erad and gun those Zombies like I did in Infinite Warfare. [‘Those Zombies’?! That’s a little hurtful you know. – Undead Ed]
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?
I’ll stick to the human resistance with my Erad.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our silly questions. What game are you off to play now that you’re done?
I’m off to gym then Black Ops 3.
You can also find out more on Lithium’s thoughts on South Africa’s exclusion from Call of Duty World League (again) in an interview with Dexerto here.
You can find Dillon “Lithium” Charalambous via his social media links here:
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