Over the past few years, the professional gaming scene bloomed to new heights. Large sums of prize money offered from lavish tournaments. An example of this was Valve’s DOTA 2 “The International” tournament, sixteen of the best DOTA teams were invited to compete and the champions would gain over a Million dollars. However, what is the definition of a professional gamer? According to the dictionary a professional is a person who participates in a specified activity as a main occupation rather than a pastime (Collins English Dictionary, 2014). Thus, professional gaming is not a good career choice. From my eyes, as casual gamer, professional gaming is bad career choice because of a short career life, unstable income and demanding training.
The first reason why professional gaming is a bad career choice is due to its short career life. For professional gamers it’s common that they retire about the age of twenty-five. This is because their reflexes start to slow down compared to the younger players. For instance, Yao ‘Zhao’ who was a professional DOTA player, retired at the mere age of 24. His gaming career was just over five years. This shows that a professional gamer has an average career life of five to six years. This isn’t enough as for other professional jobs have an average career life of twenty to thirty years under their belt before calling it day on the job.
The second reason why professional gaming is a bad career choice is cause of its unstable income. Professional gamers have two major sources of income, one being tournament prize money and the other being sponsors. For some teams they also sell products to gain some extra income but that’s mainly for the big teams. For larger more successful teams they have a larger tournament prize pool and bigger sponsors to back them in their endeavors. For example, Alliance who are the champions of ‘The International” tournament are sponsored by Razer gaming supplies and Monster energy drinks However, the focus isn’t on the successful teams. Not all players are fortunate; some teams don’t have any sponsors and don’t make it far in the professional leagues or tournaments. So where does their income come from? How do they support their gaming career? Maybe they can do a part time job but their professional job is supposed to be their main income. This poses a lot of problems for struggling players and normally they will retire early but their retirement will go unnoticed in the eyes of the professional scene.
Lastly, the demanding training for a professional gamer is also makes it a bad career. A casual player can probably spend about three to four hours at the most playing a game. Professional gamers spend vast hours...