As the Esports industry continues to take off around the world, young local Ethan Klobucar has been busy leading the Oddity ESports team into battle.
Esports sees organisations compete against one another in competitive video games. Tournaments with prize pools of millions of dollars are held throughout the year and are regularly streamed live online.
Ethan's association with E-Sports began with playing League of Legends (LoL), a multiplayer online strategy-action game where teams compete against one another using heroes from an ever-expanding roster.
After focusing on LoL from 2009 to 2012 Ethan was convinced to play a then-new game called PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS or "PUBG" as its more commonly known.
PUBG is a 'battle royale' game in the style of the massively popular Fortnite but played in a more realistic setting. It pits 16 teams against each other in a fight for survival inside a constantly shrinking play zone.
After maintaining a high ranking on the PUBG leaderboard along with a few friends, Ethan saw Oddity were looking for a PUBG team and the group decided to apply.
Ethan and his friends officially joined the organisation in May of this year, and despite a number of roster changes he remains the team's coach.
Ethan coached the squad to a fifth place finish in the recent ESL Pro Circuit qualifiers, gaining them entry into the Pro Circuit and a chance to compete for a trip to Sweden to face the top PUBG teams in the world.
He described competing in the qualifiers as 'nerve-wracking' but was very happy with the overall result.
"Winning a trip to compete in the GLL Grandslam in Sweden would be a dream come true," Ethan said.
"Obviously it's going to be super hard as we're new to the pro circuit. We'll have to find our footing against the best teams in Australia...at the moment we're aiming to secure a top 10 position to avoid relegation."
Ethan says the team will focus on gaining experience this season so they can make a push for the Global Championship - which features a prize pool of $2 million.
The Oddity Esports team consists of Tim 'Timmydee' Diamond, Jacob 'Czr' McCall, Deni 'Defiand' Fianda and Sheldon 'Epiphanic' Apearl with Ethan 'Enchii' Klobucar as Coach.
"As the coach I make sure the team is available for training and upcoming tournaments. I also help them out with game reviews, where we go over the night's games and look at what we can improve on," Ethan said.
"The team dynamic is pretty good, everyone gets along with each other."
If you want to follow the team online you can tune into their Twitch streams:
Ethan - twitch.tv/enchiii
Sheldon - twitch.tv/epiphanic
Deni - twitch.tv/defiand
Tim - twitch.tv/timmydeee