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Riot wants to help eSports players plan for old age, otherwise known as mid-twenties

Getting old for esports

ESports is a young person’s game. While retiring fairly young is common in sports generally, it’s even more pronounced in eSports, with mid-20s being the average for retiring from professionally playing League of Legends, for example. 

But Riot’s trying to prepare pro players for a career once they hit that age bracket. 

"The career life cycle depends on the player," Jason Yeh, head of EU eSports at Riot told Polygon. And he notes that some players have gone on to work elsewhere in the industry, becoming designers on the game’s they know so well. 

Riot wants to teach pro gamers to have longer careers by working on their brand and learning interview techniques along with media training. Yeh says that these skills will be useful both while they continue to play eSports, and for their careers afterwards. 

Yeh likens it to something the NFL does. "We're influenced a lot by real world sports here," he says. "The NFL has a 'Rookie Symposium,' for example. It's basically an orientation program which is similar to what we're doing."

Cheers, Polygon.

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Incinerate | Rather Ripped's picture
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If Riot actually said something like this, then they are just furthering making eSports a joke. How do you even "retire" from video games? As long as you like video games any age is appropriate.

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They don't retire from video games, they retire from playing them professionally. It's a job. It's no more ridiculous than a developer retiring, or a journalist.

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You would classify this as an article?

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Shriven's picture
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Hmm I think you are missing the point.

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Soxekaj's picture
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Did you actually read the article?

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Gnug315's picture
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You retire from professional play for these reasons, among others:

- Your reflexes get worse. Experience/skill can make up for some of that, but not always enough.

- Your drive to compete lessens / you lose interest / you find more "worthwhile" things to spend your time on.

- You are no longer able to dedicate yourself 24/7 to the game due to family commitments and other real life factors

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