New research reveals Australia is a nation of gamers, with 7 in 10 (69%) Aussies aged 16 – 45 saying they have spent time gaming during the COVID-19 lockdown period and over half (52%) doing so to reduce stress or improve mental health (23%).

The research also finds more than 1.2 million Aussies are gaming for social connection during isolation.

In fact, as Australians on average clock up over 10.5 hours gaming a week, as many as 6 in 10 say they would consider a career in gaming. Surprisingly, only 19% know what steps they need to take to break into the industry and just 11% are aware of the full breadth of gaming careers available.

To address this, Lenovo is offering gamers a chance to win a trial of their dream career through the Lenovo Legion Gaming Epprenticeship. Lenovo Legion will equip an everyday gamer with the right technology and professional tips to develop their skills and highlight the professional opportunities in gaming.

The successful competition applicant will be paid $5,000 and receive the latest Legion equipment to hone their competitive gaming, streaming and game development skills. The successful applicant will receive a unique experience with three 1:1 training sessions to learn about some of the key aspects of the gaming industry, from streaming and content creation, to building games and honing their competitive gaming skills.

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Amongst the trainers will be well known Australian TV presenter, Twitch broadcaster, Author and video game critic Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen along with representatives from the University of Queensland Union Esports and radio Anchor, Founder and Managing Director of Game On AUS and General Manager of Pentanet.GG Esports, Pete Curulli.

Ben Williams, Gaming Business Development Manager for Australia and New Zealand, commented: “We know 60% of Aussies would consider a career in gaming but fewer than 2 in 10 know how to achieve this. With help from our experts, the Lenovo Legion Epprenticeship will shed some light on this diverse industry. We’re excited to help the successful applicant hone their skills and equip them with our stylishly savage Legion range.”

Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen, commented: “Like so many of us, lockdown has provided me with even more time to immerse myself in games and enjoy the benefits of social connection. To be able to help another passionate gamer learn the tools of the trade to achieve their dream job, just like I have been lucky enough to do, is such a privilege. I’m really looking forward to sharing the experience I have in breaking into the industry and putting the new Legion range through its paces along the way.”

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Lenovo Legion is looking for a passionate, knowledge-hungry gamer who is ready to bring their skills to the next level with tips from some of the biggest names out there. A gamer’s dream, this opportunity will team you up with established gaming icons to teach you the pillars of a successful career in gaming. To enter, hopeful applicants should head to LegionEpprentice.com.au to submit a short video detailing why you want to be the next Lenovo Legion Gaming Epprentice and demonstrating your passion for gaming.

Of Australia’s lockdown gamers, nearly all (95%) expect to still spend time gaming once restrictions end. However, with more time spent on-the–go, gamers expect they will have to sacrifice two hours of game play per week, spending approx. 8.5 hours gaming.

As Australian restrictions ease and the return to the office begins, gamers will need portable devices that are stylish for work but savage for play. The latest Generation of Lenovo Legion PCs powered by Intel core processors offer a solution for everyday computing and hardcore gaming with five new models to choose from, each device offering a unique blend of uncompromised engineering and industrial design.

 

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