The Harsh Realities of Life as a Pro Gamer

Esports and competitive pro gaming are becoming a reality for an elite tier of video gamers in the United States and globally. The world-wide audience for these digital sports are around 134 million, according to recent reports by Superdata. Prize pools are climbing to as much as $3 million in some leagues. If you cannot find meaning in the macro universe, why not find it the virtual micro universe of gaming. Some of these young competitors follow a rigorous regime, more akin with Olympian athletes. Practicing around 7 hours a day to hone the skills that will give them the edge.

The Harsh Realities of Life as a Pro Gamer

What are the ultimate career prospects for the elite pro gamer? Is it flying drones for the US military over war lords in Africa and ISIS targets in the Middle East? Video gamers using their once childlike skills to rain targeted terror down upon state sanctioned enemies? The world is a fast-changing place; and the realms of fantasy and reality intermingle at the digital end of the spectrum. There is, even, an athletics program at RMU in Illinois, which revolves around competitive video games. Military recruiters for the various arms of the US government would doubtless be sniffing around that joint.

Overindulgence in Indoor Pursuits

Is staring intently at a screen and pushing buttons ferociously a stressful activity? Do these young gamers have to manage health risks, as part of their pathway to success and pixilated glory? How do they maintain appearances? Are they too pasty faced and puffy from their overindulgence in these indoor pursuits?  I have seen the future and it is young human beings in darkened rooms peering into screens. Some of these determined young men are receiving sponsorship from companies associated with their pro gaming competitions.

Gamers Are Burning Out

Other relatively youthful gamers are burning out from the intensity of the activity, without taking home a million-dollar payload. Grandmaster by the age of 13 and on the scrap heap before turning 20, is fast becoming a familiar narrative and timeline. The super duper prize money is still only available for a tiny number of elites in the pro gaming field. The pot of gold at the end of the digital rainbow, is still, mainly, a myth for most. Gamers who have hung up the death stare and arthritic fingers report that it is like returning to an earthly dimension after a prolonged altered state.