Gaming is everywhere and it definitely isn't just for your average Jane or Joe. There are dozens of top celebrities that are actually gamers and proud of it. Some even become slightly addicted to gaming, while others build their own gaming PCs. We take a look at seven celebrities that you probably didn't know are actually gamers.
Best known as an actor, ex-football player, American's Got Talent host, and his role in the hilarious Old Spice advertisements, Terrence Alan Crews is a full-blown PC gamer. He first got into gaming to bond with his son according to an interview with PC Gamer. Gamers might know Mr Crews as the voice of Doomfist in Overwatch or as the star of Crackdown 3. However, you probably didn't know that a few years ago, he even built his own monster gaming PC. Then, NVIDIA stepped in to build an Old Spice gaming PC for Mr Crews.
Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill, best known for his role as Superman in the DC Cinematic Universe, and Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's The Witcher, use gaming as an escape from the outside world. He is an avid gamer and for his role of Geralt of Rivia, he even played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt "two and a half times" to completion. He loves playing games like Total War: Warhammer II and Skyrim. Henry Cavill sits at home playing games for "ridiculous amounts of hours" according to an interview with GQ Magazine. He reportedly even missed the first call from Zack Snyder telling him he got the part of Superman...
You might know Mila Kunis from her role as Jackie on That 70's Show, or you might have met her in World of Warcraft without knowing it. Mila had a bit of a World of Warcraft addition back in the day but she managed to finally stop herself. She enjoys playing less addictive games, including those from the Call of Duty franchise.
The former South African Springbok player, Ryan Kankowski, is an avid gamer. According to an interview with Forbes Africa, he once played games for 20 hours without taking a break. He has a special love for Dota 2 and he even trains with Energy Esports, a top MGO in South Africa. Sam "Techgirl" Wright had a chat with Ryan Kankowski at rAge 2016, South Africa's biggest gaming and geek expo. Check it out below.
Olivia Munn, who you probably know from her appearance as Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse or the brilliant Newsroom television show, simply loves gaming. She enjoys playing Guitar Hero games and shooters from the Call of Duty and Halo franchises. Furthermore, she plays Assassin's Creed games. Olivia started playing video games at the age of eight.
Mark Sinclair, also known as Fast and the Furious star Vin Diesel, isn't just an actor. In fact, he isn't just a gamer either, as he went the extra mile to create his own game development studio, Tigon Studios. The studio went on to create a few excellent games, including the highly-rated Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butchers Bay. Development was suspended for a few years but in 2013, Vin Diesel reactivated the company to work on the third Chronicles of Riddick game.
South African born tech billionaire, current CEO of Tesla as well as SpaceX, Elon Musk, isn't just all about electric cars and launching rockets into space. Musk also loves playing games and watching esports tournaments. Some of his favourite games are Overwatch, Kerbal Space Program, the Fallout series and several others. He also has high hopes for the future of esports.
The celebrities who are gamers in this article is just our top picks and there are dozens more out there. Some honourable mentions include Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Zac Efron, Zachary Levi, Ice-T and many others. The bottom line is, gaming is for everyone, no matter your social status or how famous you are.