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Life After eSports: What Happens when an eSports Player Retires?

Let’s see a show of hands: how many of you wanted to play video games professionally when you were young? I can’t actually see you raising your hands, but I’m betting there’s a lot of you. Many have gone on to play games professionally as the field has become more lucrative. There’s a Gamestop in every town, sometimes two or three Gamestops, after all. The concept of eSports has been around since Doom tournaments became a thing, but in recent years services like Twitch and Youtube have really changed the game by making it easier to stream tournaments and view events.

In other words, television no longer has the monopoly on entertainment, and I have to say that I’m pretty happy about that. The problem is that not ALL of the jobs in the industry are great. The job of a video game tester, for example, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you sit around and play video games all day, but you don’t have much control over WHAT you play. I mean it could be some crappy mobile game that’s going to give you PTSD. Look at the Android market and remember that someone had to TEST all of that crap at some point. Do you really want to make a career out of that?

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