The Story of Doublelift: Homeless to Pro Gamer

Tina Jo/Riot Games

Peter “Doublelift” Peng was not always considered to be one of North America’s top League of Legends players and a premier AD carry. Peng grew up as an introverted kid in Mission Viejo, California and his childhood did not consist of much besides him playing video games. He had a difficult relationship with his parents who did not approve of the amount of time he spent gaming and they often got into heated arguments.

Peng found out about League of Legends through his older brother and immediately fell in love with the game. Peng decided to reveal to his parents that pro gaming was something he wanted to seriously pursue after qualifying for the Dreamhack Riot Season 1 Championship in 2011. The tournament was being held in Sweden but as expected, Peng’s parents were very skeptical and did not want him taking part in the event. Peng’s older brother was eventually able to convince his parents to let him attend the competition and he ended up winning around $1400. When Peng was 17, he had a falling-out with his parents and they ended up telling him to leave the house, so he did. Peng brought just his wallet, computer, and bike with him and uploaded this post to Reddit from his friend’s house:

Hi I’m Doublelift, formerly of team EG, and today I became homeless from r/leagueoflegends

Peng was able to find a place to stay from that post which motivated him, even more, to do anything it took to accomplish his dream of becoming a pro gamer. Being out on his own forced him to break out of his shell and improve his people skills. Peng made money for rent by writing gaming guides, as he continued to work toward his goal of making it in professional gaming. After bouncing around between different teams, Doublelift was picked up by Counter Logic Gaming as their starting AD Carry, one of the most successful teams in North America. This move ended up being the big break of his professional career, and the rest is history.