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A head of the game

After growing up in the US, Mexican-born Rafael Campos Valdez ran into visa issues when he finished university in 2009 and had to leave his family behind. But his love of gaming helped him make a new home in the UK

I was born in 1987 in Mexico to working-class parents. Neither of them finished primary school, which was fairly usual for the type of town they were from. We moved to Houston, Texas, when I was about three years old, with my twin, my two older brothers and an adopted younger brother.

I learnt Spanish and English at school, and grew up in a neighbourhood where 95 per cent of people were from ethnic minority backgrounds. My parents did typical Hispanic immigrant manual labour: building work, gardening, cleaning hotel rooms. They instilled in me and my siblings the idea that they had made a sacrifice so that we could have better opportunities, so I made sure to do well in school — I was in the top 10 per cent of my graduating class.

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