Robert 'Panda Tank' Botha, Playing Computer Games for a Living
Robert "Panda Tank" Botha lives with his parents, has an IT degree, is a professional computer game player and is Mindsport SA's 2012 player of the year.
Robert "Panda Tank" Botha has an IT degree from the University of Johannesburg, but did not go work in the IT industry.
Instead, he told his parents he would like to become a professional computer game player, and they supported his dream.
And so started his life of living with his parents, for financial reasons of course.
But for 2013, the Taiwanese company Cooler Master that specialises in computer coolers and also provides gaming accessories, are his sponsor.
Cooler Master pay him a salary to play computer games and represent their company at competitions.
They also send him overseas for computer game tournaments.
The salary Robert "Panda Tank" Botha earns as a professional computer gamer, compares well with a starting salary in the IT industry.
His parents cut out every magazine article about him, and show it to everybody they know.
Robert "PandaTank" Botha started competitive gaming by playing Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike:Source and DotA for various teams in South Africa.
He achieved some fame in the Fall of 2011, primarily through his play in minor online tournaments. With his successes PandaTank joined the MSSA affiliate club, PolarFluke, and started participating in Mind Sports South Africa's championships.
Through such affiliation, PandaTank was the first player in South Africa to be officially awarded Protea Colours for the game of StarCraft II. The award of Protea Colours is reserved by the South African government for all sportsmen/sportswomen who officially represent South Africa in international competition.
Thus PandaTank represented South Africa in the IeSF World Championships in both 2011 and 2012. In 2011 PandaTank exited the group stages but was knocked out in the Round of 8. In 2012 PandaTank exited the group stages in first place but was knocked out in the Round of 16 by Sen.
PandaTank was the first South African player to reach Grandmaster rankings in the start of 2012. He went on to represent South Africa at the WCS European National Combined after being one of the first four players to qualify for the event, knocking out monchi 2-1 in the first online qualifier. At the WCS event PandaTank finshed top 8.
He participated in ESWC 2012 2012 representing South Africa. In the group stages he defeated DIMAGA and psiarc to advance to the Round of 16. He defeated HaNfy in the round of 16 to proceed to the round of 8 where he was defeated 2-1 by Stephano
PandaTank was signed as a full time player to CMStorm in the beginning of 2013 and continues to play full time.