In the world of esports, there are often untold stories of sacrifices, dreams deferred, and relentless dedication. One such story is that of Sanji’s father, Aaron “Vazoryo” Ram.

In an exclusive interview with ONE Esports, ECHO midlaner Alston “Sanji” Pabico shares the story of his journey in the esports scene and how his dad became a huge part of it.

Behind the scenes of the M4 World champion’s meteoric rise in the esports world is a tale of a father’s unwavering support, a dream deferred, and a bond that has only grown stronger over the years.

Sanji’s dad was on his way to going pro

Sanji's father, Vazoryo, exchanging jerseys with him
Credit: Vazoryo

Vazoryo’s journey in the world of gaming began long before he became a dad. He was a talented Dota player, known for his exceptional skills on the virtual battlefield. His prowess caught the eye of several esports teams, which would have opened his path to go pro. However, fate had other plans for him.

Just as he was on the cusp of pursuing his dreams, Vazoryo’s life took an unexpected turn. He learned that he was about to become a dad, and he faced a heart-wrenching decision. Should he chase his own dreams of esports glory or prioritize his newfound responsibilities as a father and partner? He made the selfless choice to embrace fatherhood, putting his gaming career on hold to be there for his family.

ECHO Sanji playing Mobile Legends with his dad
Credit: Aaron Vazoryo

Fast forward a few years, and Vazoryo’s influence on the gaming world would manifest in a remarkable way – through his son, Sanji. The boy’s journey into the world of gaming started at the tender age of five. It was his dad who introduced him to the world of PC gaming, taking him to local internet cafes, where they would spend hours playing games like Dota and Counter-Strike side by side. This shared experience forged a deep bond between father and son, as they teamed up against other local players in their hometown.

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Sanji fulfills his father’s esports dream

ECHO's Alston "Sanji" Pabico holding the M4 World Championship trophy
Credit: Moonton

Sanji’s early exposure to gaming ignited his passion for the medium. With his dad as his mentor and gaming partner, he honed his skills and gradually transitioned into the world of competitive gaming. It was in the amateur Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) scene that he made his mark, with his dad cheering him on every step of the way.

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However, the MLBB player’s journey in the amateur scene wasn’t without its challenges. He faced obstacles and setbacks, but his dad’s unwavering support provided the motivation he needed to keep pushing forward. Sanji’s dream of becoming a professional esports player was realized when he joined the ranks of ECHO.

Sanji’s journey with ECHO began as a relatively unknown player, but he quickly made a name for himself. To everyone’s surprise, he was fielded in MPL PH Season 10 and subsequently led his team to victory in the M4 World Championship. Vazoryo watched with pride as his son achieved greatness in the esports world.

ECHO Alston "Sanji" Pabico talking about who is the best midlaner at MPL PH Season 12
Screenshot by Jules Elona/ONE Esports

The ECHO midlaner has consistently expressed his gratitude and admiration for his dad’s role in his gaming career. Vazoryo’s support and encouragement have been instrumental in his son’s success. The ECHO midlaner credits his dad for instilling the values of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in him.

Vazoryo, in turn, continues to be a pillar of support for his son. He reminds his son to always give his best and to remain consistent in his efforts, both on and off the Land of Dawn. Gaming has not only been a source of passion and competition for this father-son duo but also a means of bonding and strengthening their relationship.

Today, as Sanji basks in the glory of a successful esports career, he continues to play PC games with his dad, just as they did when he was a child. Gaming has not only been a professional pursuit for them but also a cherished form of father-son bonding that transcends the digital realm.

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The story of Vazoryo and Sanji is a testament to the power of familial support, sacrifice, and the enduring bond between a father and his child. As the pro player’s star continues to rise in the esports world, his dad stands proudly by his side, a reminder that some dreams, though deferred, can find new life and purpose in the success of the next generation.

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