I’m A Baller - Chapter 42
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Wang Yan went through his list of classmates but didn’t find anyone he deemed suitable.
There was a jock in the neighboring class who was capable of eating a lot, but they weren’t well-acquainted with each other.
He had no choice but to pass on the idea of asking his schoolmates.
See, the problem was that Wang Yan couldn’t ask people who weren’t close to him, but he couldn’t exactly ask people who were close to him, either. It would be too much of a hassle having to explain where all that money came from.
After thinking long and hard, he had a sudden flash of inspiration.
The people who published eating videos on Bilibili seemed to be able to eat a lot!
Now that Wang Yan had an idea, he could barely keep still. He quickly called for a cab and headed to his rental apartment, where he picked up his Alienware laptop.
Doing a quick search on Bilibili, he managed to dig out loads of eating videos featuring big eaters.
Wang Yan randomly clicked on a video of a petite-looking Japanese girl who was attempting to finish a pile of burgers.
Halfway through the video, he was practically gaping at the screen.
‘Damn. Who would believe that a girl who barely weighed 90 pounds would be able to finish more than 60 burgers in a sitting?’
At any rate, Wang Yan was having difficulty believing what he was seeing. He was only convinced after scrolling through the barrage of comments and repeatedly reading them.
That was exactly the kind of eater he was looking for!
However, Japan was too far away and he didn’t speak Japanese, so that was out of question. Hence, Wang Yan started looking for big eaters locally instead.
Unfortunately, eating competitions were mostly held in Japan and America, uncommon locally.
As for eating broadcasts, they were still lagging behind other countries. There was currently only one program online with 70-odd episodes called “Huaxia Eating Broadcast is Here!”
Wang Yan looked at a few more videos and realized that each episode focused on a certain food voted by the netizens. There weren’t really any super big eaters.
Or at least, he hadn’t come across any on the same level as the Japanese girl, even after perusing ten episodes.
The girl in the first episode finished seven bowls of noodles in five minutes, and the girl in episode nine ate about five pounds worth of food and was one of the better eaters, but she was nothing compared to the super big eaters who were able to gobble down 15 to 17 pounds of food.
There was no room for comparison…
Wang Yan wished he could fly to Japan right away to gather the top seven contestants of the eating competition, then organize a crab-eating competition of his own.
But too bad for him, it was virtually impossible, since he had no means of contacting them.
He decided to settle for the next best option. After finding the organizer of “Huaxia Eating Broadcast is Here!” on Weibo, he sent a direct message to someone called “Meiren Dingzhi miki.”
“I would like to organize a large-scale eating broadcast with you. To be precise, it would be a king crab eating competition, and I will be sponsoring the crabs. If you are interested, please contact me at 138-943-8*48.”
The unusual cell phone number belonged to Wang Yan. Though it grated on the ears, it was extremely easy to remember.
After sending the private message, Wang Yan didn’t waste any time waiting.
He found a news article online about the 5.17 Food Festival and suddenly had an idea.
As the organizer of the food festival, surely they would have access to the contact information of many big eaters?
He would get in touch with them tomorrow as a back-up plan!
All that was left was to wait, since there wasn’t much else Wang Yan could do.
Had there been a suitable public platform for promoting directly to big eaters, Wang Yan wouldn’t have minded spending tens of thousands on setting up a page exclusively for promotion, then waiting for people to come forward and sign up.
But since that wasn’t feasible, Wang Yan didn’t want to brood on it anymore. He rubbed his palms in glee as he got ready to use his Alienware laptop properly for the first time.
A gaming laptop!
A fifteen-inch Alienware laptop!
After purchasing the laptop, he had yet to play a single game on it. Unbelievable.
He was going to get started!
The most popular game of 2020 had to be none other than League of Legends.
Because of the college entrance exams, Wang Yan hadn’t been playing for the past year or so. As such, he was no longer familiar with the rankings, and was kind of disoriented when he started picking up the game again.
Xiaoxueseng, Ertongjie, and Tuoersuo were way too good for him and his team, and his screen practically exploded.
In his frustration, Wang Yan pressed Alt+F4 in a bid to exit the game.
‘I may not be good at the game, but I have money!’
The lousy game didn’t favor Chinese players at all. It was time to switch, switch, switch!
He started searching online which online games had the most girls.
Based on the search results, Wang Yan then started looking for games in which players spent a lot of money.
He happened to come across a ranking for gamers who were big spenders and clicked on the link to check it out.
Number ten on the list was QQ Xiyou, ID: song, perfume. The estimated amount of money spent on the game was fifteen million.
Looking at just one of those rankings was enough to stun Wang Yan.
‘F*cking hell! Seriously?
What was in these rich people’s heads?
Spending fifteen million on a game?!
After taking a look at the top three, he was at a loss for words.
LLLLLLLL, Taifen, and King had spent billions on their games.
Wang Yan seriously suspected that those people had been hired by the gaming companies, but then he came across news articles describing how 8L had forced SNDA to change the level restrictions.
Someone hired by the company couldn’t possibly challenge their own company, and intentionally disrupt the game balance. Therefore, it meant that as early as ten years ago, 8L had already been spending a billion on the game.
What a baller!
His spending had to be real, give or take some. It was no wonder then, that the Chinese gaming market was worth hundreds of billions each year!
Wang Yan had completely forgotten how he himself was a baller among ballers.
Instead, he decided to give up on games completely.
‘Why play games?!
‘You know what they say, riding a hobby saps one’s will to make progress!’
He ought to be studying hard instead!
As for the two percent Crit Reward… Sigh, it was too good to waste, wasn’t it?
Never mind, never mind then. He would continue playing League.
Wang Yan was left with no choice but to eat his words. Launching his League of Legends game again, he made a top-up of 10,000 dollars.
He was no good at team fighting, farming, or gang killing.
How about skins then?
He decided to try his luck with the lucky draws.
[Congratulations, you have just received a Guan Yu skin.]
[Congratulations, you have just received a Mantis skin.]
After a few hundred draws, just as Wang Yan was about to lose his patience, something vastly different finally appeared.
[Congratulations on activating a Chance Reward. You have just received a Li Qinglong (real-life) skin.]
He had just received a Crit Reward?
How timely. It had appeared just as he was grumbling. The few hundred draws hadn’t gone to waste after all!
Wang Yan was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to check out the explanation.
1. High Jumps: Jump height increased by a foot (effect disappears when you change skins)
2. Dragon Leg: Your legs will be re-sculpted, your calves and thighs will become perfectly proportioned, and your leg muscles will be shaped impeccably (permanent effect)
Damn, that was awesome!
Although his overall height wouldn’t increase, and the change in proportions applied only to the legs, that alone would greatly enhance Wang Yan’s physical appearance.
Wang Yan’s calves weren’t quite straight, and his legs and thighs were about the same length. Although his legs didn’t exactly look awful, they didn’t look too great, either.
Wang Yan had never paid much attention to them in the past. After all, men shouldn’t spend that much time looking in the mirror and feeling bad about themselves.
But then again, who minded improving their physical appearance?
Wang Yan excitedly put on the skin and watched as his legs wiggled and reshaped, as if they were made of plastic.
His calves became long and straight, and both his thigh and calf muscles had become toned and defined. When he applied a little force, he could feel a surge of energy underneath his skin.
Wang Yan could tell that his lines were beautiful even if he had never learned how to draw, and he wasn’t sure whether it was an illusion, but his legs felt stronger than ever.
Wang Yan subconsciously lifted his leg and extended it. To his shock, he ended up kicking as high as his forehead.
It appeared that he had acquired yet another amazing skill!
Wang Yan’s eyes widened in wonderment as he managed to execute a split with little effort. He could feel how cool the floor was as his legs made contact with it.
It was a strange sensation, and he didn’t know what to make of this latest development.
Splits were wonderful when executed by girls because there was much do with them.
But what good would it be for a guy?On second thoughts, though, it was pretty cool to be able to replicate Blind Monk Li Qing’s classic move, “the dragon wags its tail,” in real life…