Biography – Koen Schobbers

Biography

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Koen Schobbers

Koen schobbers became a professional gamer, an esports athlete, in a racegame, though the road to this career wass a long one and started early. Koen was only one year old when a passion for speed shined through. Everything had to do with speed and competition: quickest crawler, first one to open the door for the nanny, quickest person running around... Shortly after he got in touch with go karts which made his world turn upside down. He was fast, didn't fear anything and trusted on the grip of the tires and himself. He wasn't good coping with losses and therefore analysed every corner till perfection. His passion for racing was quickly visible for his parents which made them make the following choice: not racing as a sport in reality, but racing virtually! Since the old Gameboy and PlayStation 1 became available Koen was playing racing games. No one could've predicted that this choice of his parents would impact his life this much.

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My Story

2006

First time playing Trackmania due to my dad

After 2 weeks of playing got asked by SeeSports to play for their team

2007

First contract with the professional esports organisation Begrip Gaming

2008

Winning the biggest online tournament with Begrip Gaming: Stadium Team Championship

Change of my in-game name from ”Koen” to ”Koenz” due to a special reason.

December: the Trackmania team stops playing for Begrip Gaming due to these circumstances

Remaining players go to the pro organisation Above-Gaming, later being Team YoYoTech

2009

Worst choice in my career: leave Team YoYoTech for team Raptor Gaming.

August: Raptor Gaming quit, remaining players went to 4Kings

2010

Februari: stopped playing Trackmania due to a lack of motivation.

Started playing again after my Higher General Secondary Education exams in June

Soon after started playing for pro organisation Team Infused

2011

June: Step down from Team Infused to Benelux pro team mCon esports due to my final year of pre-university education.

Winning my first ever LAN-party: The Party

Saddest moment in my career: losing out on the WC after winning the Dutch WC qualification because the organisation changed the rules

2012

Winning The Party LAN

Winning the Frag-0-Matic LAN

Winning The Reality LAN

Winning the Stadium Team Championship again as guest driver for Team Dignitas

2013

Contracted by Team Acer

Winning the ZrT Cup organized by Zerator

3rd at the Trackmania World Championship

Winning the ESL Premiership with Team Acer

Winner Frag-0-Matic LAN

2014

Ambassador of the Dutch Esports Association

Interviews in the media. Click here for the full overview

Winner The Party LAN

Winner Frag-0-Matic 16.0 LAN

Winner Frag-0-Matic 16.1 LAN

Winner The Reality LAN

9th at the Trackmania World Championship

2015

Interviews in the media. Click here for the full overview

Raised €1374,- for the Heart Foundation with a 24 hour livestream

Winner of the JoinTheForce Playstation 4 Cup

3rd place at Gamers Assembly France

Winner The Reality LAN

Winner Esportsfestival

Winner Black Label Esports Masters

9th at the Trackmania World Championship

Started playing Rocket League

2016

Winner of the Jonge 100 ”most promising youth till the age of 25”

First time speaking in public about gaming & esports.

Presenting the program Inside Esports on FOX-Sports

Became a founding member of the IeSF Athletes Commission

For all interviews and presentations this year: click here

Team Acer stops, management and all teams go to Team Expert

Became an Acer ambassador

7th at the Trackmania World Championship

Top 64 Rocket League Championship Series Europe

2017

Stopped playing Trackmania professionally, continued with Rocket League for mCon esports

First esports athlete with a special athlete status

For all interviews and presentations this year: click here

First official esports speaker in the Netherlands

Wrote the first version of the book ”The Gaming Child”

Winner The Reality LAN

2nd at the ESL Benelux Championship

Winner Kayzr Benelux Championship

2018

NOS Langs de Lijn esports expert

Collaboration with the KNMV: coach of the esports team

Ambassador of the Disabled Sports Fund

Start of my Medical Master gap year

Further development of the book ”The Gaming Child”(hyperlink naar ”more info book” pagina) with Anne van Kessel & Maven Publishing

For all interviews and presentations this year: click here

Manager of the mCon esports Rocket League team

Winner Frag-0-Matic Rocket League

Winner The Party Rocket League

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FOX-SPORTS

In 2014 Koen became an ambassador of the Dutch esports association, functioning as an example to the outside world. Not just as esports athlete, but also as someone that found balance between sleep, study, sports, social life and playing games. Shortly after this announcement he had an interview with the NOS about esports, an interview that led to a lot more media attention in the years that followed and can be seen by clicking here. The experience Koen got by speaking to media didn’t go unnoticed. Joost Roset, a producer with over 25 years of experience in media, appointed him early 2016 as the host of the new program Inside Esports on FOX-Sports and Twitch.tv. This year Koen also became a founding member of the athletes commission of the International Esports Federation (IESF), focussing on the rights, interests and welfare of athletes in esports and influencing the agenda and the choices of the board and the president of the IESF. Finally, through the IESF as advising body and his international mentor Charmaine Crooks, he has to do with the discussion surrounding esports and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

PREMASTER

Medical Student

As PreMaster Medical student in 2016, with the medical internships coming up in 2017, Koen knew he had to make a difficult choice between his two passions. His mother always told him that studying is #1, though he also wanted to continue his growing career in esports. Combining both worlds would be a very difficult task, so he searched for a solution. Through his medical network he got in touch with Prof. Dr. Schijven, a surgeon with a passion for serious games in healthcare and e-health. They came up with the idea of trying to give Koen a special study program as esports athlete in the Amsterdam Medical Center (AMC), normally only allowed for traditional professional athletes or exceptional situations. After 6 months the AMC announced that Koen would receive a special study program with the following message on twitter: ‘’Topgamer @koenznl is the first gamer to receive a special medical internship program. Therefore, he receives the same status as professional athletes #esports’’. He was the first esports athlete to receive a special study program in the Netherlands and he started his internships in September 2017.

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Since 2016 Koen also gives workshops to parents, teenagers and kids using his own stories, experiences and models to explain the world of esports and gaming. His most famous model is the ‘’G.F.O.R.C.E Gamer guide’’, a model that is used by parents and children to live a balanced lifestyle including gaming. It stands for Gaming, Friends, Obsession, Rest, Classes, and Exercise. This model has a lot of in-depth information and advice, answering many questions on how to cope with a gaming child and how a child can discipline himself and stay balanced. Due to the huge interest from parents, Koen decided to write a book in 2017 to make sure he’s able to help more people. The book will be developed even further in 2018 and 2019 so it can be published in the end of 2019/beginning of 2020. You can register now to receive a limited-edition short-version of the book with unique insights and advice in 2019. The book is written in cooperation with writer Anne van Kessel and will be published by Maven Publishing, publisher of bestseller Mindf*ck among other great bestsellers.

In 2017 Koen also started speaking in public a lot more often. In March he hosted the gaming stage of Dutch Comic Con, in June he gave a workshop in Paris during the Dojo Esports Conference about ‘’Esports Olympics’’ and he became the first registered speaker in esports at SportsSpeakers in July. To this day he’s still very active as a speaker and speaks (inter)nationally on big stages like The Next Web 2018. Speaking in public, in combination with his passion to inform people about esports and gaming, gave Koen the chance to speak for companies, schools, political parties and organizations, as well as giving workshops, think of campaigns and guide them in the world of esports.