Jun 17, 2020Tyler ErzbergerESPN Esports CloseStaff writer for ESPN. com
Covered esports since 2011
Worked with biggest teams across titles like League of Legends and StarCraft IIFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintAs a 15-year-old in 2012, Braxton Pierce was already living the life millions dream of but few can actually obtain. Under the gamertag "swag," Pierce was a professional video game player in one of the world's largest esports, the first-person shooting game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. For tournaments, he would travel with his mother, older brother and other family members. His older competition towered over him physically, but he'd leave them broken and defeated in-game. He was a prodigy from a region of the world, North America, that wasn't known to produce much high-caliber talent in the world of Counter-Strike.
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