The experience gave them an idea. They were both familiar with the growing industry of esports where gamers competed against each other in tournaments. What if they could use Scott’s video game skill and Putrino’s expertise in high-performance training as the basis for an esports team with other quadriplegic players? Scott sent out a message to other patients at Mount Sinai to gauge interest. “This was the big test, because we weren’t sure whether anyone would reply,” says Putrino. But they didn’t have to wait long to hear back. “People contacted us immediately and they were saying: ‘We want a piece of this.'”
In the first competitive tournament they played in there were 99 teams, and the Quad Gods were hoping to finish in the top half. They came fourth. They began playing in – and winning – more tournaments online, finding particular success with the popular fighting game Fortnite. As stories about their team spread among the gaming community, funding opportunities came their way. They received money to buy equipment and to launchhttps://www.bbc.com/news/stories-55811621
as a legitimate esports team. The New Jersey Nets basketball team donated a gaming space. The Quad Gods began looking around for a full-time coach. Their next goal is to place highly at a range of different esports World Championships next year. The Olympic Committee are strongly considering esports for the 2024 Olympics and, by securing a world ranking, the Quad Gods hope to qualify.