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This time we bring you someone from "our own people" into the 7 Questions for topic, having chosen Gaspar "Hypno" Machado, one of the best eSports players ever, not only in Portugal but also worldwide. Just a few days from departing to the United States where he will collaborate with Epic Games regarding the upcoming Unreal Tournament installment, giving his feedback at the company's headquarters in North Carolina, here is what he has to say about that and other matters:

K1ck - After all these years among the elite in the games you played, why this break in the competitive gaming?

Hypno - The fact that Unreal Tournament got out of the competitive circuit, but also the increasing responsability that comes as you get older, made me stop for a few years, although I still keep showing my face around in the gaming world from time to time, as it was the case of the Quakelive Portuguese tournaments that I've played, the Clickfiel UT99 competition and more recently the trip to Paris for the ESWC Shootmania competition.

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K - Does Unreal Tournament means magic to you?

H - Unreal Tournament is more than magical to me as it is something that has been a part of me since I was 12 years old, allowing me to meet amazing people, some even close friends now. Everything I went through has been great, since the start when I was a "n00b" but always wanting to attend every LAN somewhere in the country, trying to climb the ladder in the electronic sports world. I can clearly say that a big part of the person I am today has been shaped around experiences that the UT and the Gaming community have provided me.

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K - What are you expecting regarding the trip to Epic Games in North Carolina? Beyond the reinforced prestige, what are you hoping to bring home from this journey?

H - My trip to Epic Games is, for sure, a dream coming true. Since a long time ago that I wanted to give direct input to Epic regarding UT, unfortunately it had never been possible before, but with the new UT and the community pressure towards the game having competitive features, as well as the exponential global growth of e-Sports, made it obvious that something like this was bound to happen. I sincerely hope that I can give my contribution to turn this game into the best of the series and have a wonderful experience that once again, gaming will allow me to keep.

 

K - Will we see the old Hypno back into the battlefields, after the Shootmania events in K1ck, or won't you be able to spare enough time to reach the level of quality that you always had?

H - My goal in this new Unreal Tournament is to at least be active in the early stages of the game. I have always thought that the beginning of each game is more thrilling, as it's the stage of it all that pleases me the most and I really like learning new games, so this time it won't be different. I'll admit that it will be difficult to do it this time, with my job and so on, and I think that I won't be able to keep up as time goes by, but I'll do my best to bring it all together :) My expections at this moment are being able to attend an international tournament and meeting some of the firends I have in many countries. After that, we will see how it goes. I usually don't like to be obsessed with winning or making predictions, probably a way of not disappointing myself, but it has always been the way I handle things in my life.

 K1ck Shootmania XLParty

K - Have you ever thought about having a permanent job in an organization (K1ck for instance :p), linked with eSports but not as a player?

H - Yes, for sure, but my participation in the organization of the ESWC2010 Portuguese qualifier, along with the first Conferência de Desportos Electrónicos ever made in the country, hasn't ended well due to some conflicts and differences of opinion, contributing to my lack of interest regarding future gaming related projects. Since then I have been active, more as a spectator and not completely shutting down from gaming, always paying attention to the stuff that interests me such as this new Unreal Tournament :) If an appealing offer comes from the eSports world I will seriously analyze it, but at the moment I have higher goals and demands due to the lack of time that my full-time job imposes. Would I change the job I have today for a profitable position connected to the eSports world? Yes, but it would have to be something rewarding and although eSports have greatly evolved throughout the years, I don't think it will be possible for me to do it.

 

K - Some final words?

H - I would like to thank everyone that still supports me, as it's kind of surreal to see so many people out there that know who I am, sending me inumerous facebook messages reliving some of my best Unreal Tournament moments, always astonishing me as it was so many years ago. I said it several times before and I'll say it again that the community respect and kindness, as well as the respect I got from my parents towards gaming, have undoubtedly been my precious achievements. Thank you all and as always, I will see you around ;)

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