An average day for an average teenager probably consists of going to school, doing homework and making sure all of their chores are complete in time for dinner – but not for Ian Wyatt. Squeeze in an extra two to three hours of playing Halo, discussing game strategy with his teammates, and making sure his flight is booked for the weekend’s upcoming LAN and you’ve got Red Bull’s newest addition, a top-tier Halo player on the pro circuit.
“I’m stoked to be a part of the Red Bull team,” says 16-year-old Ian. “I really feel like I’m at home with them and part of a family. This year has a lot in store and I can’t wait to see where things go.”
Ian, who is best known by his gamer tag “Enable,” is joining a roster that was populated by only one name for the last three years – three-time national champion, Dave “Walshy” Walsh (pictured with Ian at left). While they may play for different competitive gaming teams, their mutual support from Red Bull will play a big part in the progression of their skills.
“I’m excited to have Enable on the Red Bull team,” says Dave. “He’s a great player and brings a lot of potential.”
Ian may not have his driver’s licence yet, but that doesn’t mean he can’t cruise around in style. After spending the afternoon in detention last Thursday (his mum takes the blame for dropping him off late to school), his team welcome commenced as he was picked up and escorted around his hometown of Newark, Delaware in the Red Bull Racing Teams's very own street-legal NASCAR show car.
A vehicle that can be heard from a mile away and is typically only seen speeding around America’s race tracks, provided Ian with a high-profile joy ride around the US's first state and turned more than a few head as the girls track team chased the car out of the school’s parking lot.
In contrast to the flashy show car, Ian describes his game style as defensive and sneaky, using methods he’s developed since participating in his first competitive gaming tournament at the age of 12. “I like to get behind the other team and start trouble,” he says. “I try to stay alive as long as possible.”
It’s that technique and confidence that has helped progress his team to a current fourth-place MLG standing, but Ian is positive about their chances for placing first in the finals this weekend. “I think we’re going to take it home,” he states. “We’re a great team and I’m confident in our chances of winning in Dallas.”
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