If you had parents who kept hammering the mantra that playing games wouldn’t get you anywhere, then do make sure to show them this video. It tells of Aussie Matt Simmons, who went from fervent Gran Turismo player to real racing driver, all thanks to the game.

Matt won the NISMO PlayStation GT Academy 2015 International series, which saw the world’s hottest Gran Turismo players compete for the chance to become a professional driver with Nissan Motorsport.

Since winning, Matt has represented Australia driving for Nissan at two Blancpain Endurance seasons in Europe, which is one of the largest GT series in the world.

Want to know more? Listen to the man himself tell his story in the video below.

Meanwhile, there isn’t long to wait now – PS4 exclusive Gran Turismo Sport is out on October 18.

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