Former world champion Roberston lifts the lid on gaming demons that damaged his form and personal life
Former world snooker champion Neil Robertson has revealed how addiction to video games came close to wrecking his career.
Robertson says he used to play online games eight hours a day after becoming hooked on them – and his game and family life were ruined as a result.
The 2010 world champion ended up not sleeping as he logged on for his latest fix of games, and the Australian admits it was damaging his work and personal happiness.
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Robertson, now hoping to win this year’s World Championship after ditching gaming, said: “In the past, I’ve been staying up and playing it.
“Then all of a sudden, it is 6am, the birds are tweeting and I’m thinking: ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get up in a couple of hours to take my son Alexander to school. Then I’ve got to practice’.
“My partner Mille absolutely hates it. League of Legends is banned in my house. And rightly so. It is just awful.
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“If you are a single guy, and work in a normal job, you can get around it. But you can’t win professional snooker matches when you are tired.
“The years I had the 100 centuries, I should probably had around 120 because I got addicted like hell to FIFA 14.
“That really affected the second half of my season.
“I wouldn’t say I would have won a lot more tournaments if it wasn’t for video games, but I think I would have given myself more opportunities to go further in other events.”