Did you know that Diego Schwartzman has his own E-Sports team?
Off the court, the Argentine star spends a lot of time trying to improve Stone Movistar and give the team’s players the best opportunity to succeed. ATPTour.com caught up with Schwartzman to discuss that, how he views the E-Sports boom, the games he enjoys most and more.
What do you remember about growing up with video games?
Since I’m young, video games have improved a lot. I’m the generation that was already born with many video games and I think in the past 10, 15 years, the guys who made that happen have improved them in a crazy way. It’s so good.
What do you remember of some of the early games you played?
At the beginning we played Pro Evolution Soccer, it was the best. But now FIFA, it’s much better. I’m the guy who started with PlayStation, PlayStation 2 with football matches against people at home, friends, or playing at my friends’ houses. You have a good show on Netflix, a documentary about video games. High Score, it’s very good.
How much do you travel around with a console on Tour?
Right now, a little bit less. I’m not playing much. I have an E-Sports team, Stone Movistar, so I’m involved with that and trying to be a mentor. I’m not playing much, but I’m trying to help guys who want to be professionals in video games, I want to try to make that happen [for them].
How did you get involved with your team?
We started two-and-a-half years ago with the idea. We have a new league in Argentina playing a few different video games. In Argentina, it’s starting in a slow way. The guys who had the league came to us and asked if we wanted a spot there.
We started with my brother and a few more people trying to figure out if we wanted to do that and we started, in a slow way as well. Every month we’re improving, every month we’re trying to build the team. Right now we have a big team, a big place, big gaming house. Everything is so nice right now. …….