At 79 years old, Abbe Borg, also known by his gaming handle, “DieHardBirdie”, is the oldest esports champion in the world. But before Lenovo recruited him to play at DreamHack 2017, he had never really heard about competitive gaming.
“I was in some commercials in Sweden,” he tells USA Today. “That’s how Lenovo found me. Their first question was if I was interested in playing games – esports games. And I said, ‘Alright. I’m curious. I’ll do it if they will.’”
The game was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – A first-person shooter which sees opposing teams of five players take turns attacking and defending, winning a point if they achieve their objective without being stopped, or if they eliminate all five of the opposing players. The first team to 16 points wins.
Borg earned his nickname, “DieHardBirdie”, while training with his teammates. He has a unique ability to mimic birds by whistling – a sound his opponents often hear when he takes aim.
Their team came to be called the Silver Snipers, and though they didn’t win in 2017, they garnered the affection of fans and eventually won the seniors tournament in DreamHack 2019.
But Borg hasn’t been idle since then.