Esports isn’t my wife or child

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

There is a fan phenomenon in esports where fans get irrationally angry when a prominent figure leaves/switches games or doesn’t devote every second of every moment to practice. Incontrol practiced around eight hours a day but had massive Reddit hate threads flaming him for playing other video games. Some hardcore StarCraft II fans in particular seem to lose their minds when someone is seen playing other games than SC2. More recently, Monte and Doa moved on from League of Legends to Overwatch after a dispute with Riot Games on various fronts. Fans react like angry exes and flame the people leaving, saying the departing personalities will never be happy or successful again, or they never cared about the scene in the first place. Fans go so far as to think if you aren’t taking terrible deals and smiling about it, then you are hurting the scene or never loved it as much as you said.

Stop being ridiculous. Esports can be a lot of things: a hobby, a passion and a job. But it isn’t my wife or my child. I don’t think anyone has any obligation to give up all of their opportunities and happiness to satisfy the emotional mood swings of fans. It’s also just as ridiculous to say they never loved the game because they moved on. They can still enjoy games in their private time.

 

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers. You can reach him at Stephen@Slingshotesports.com

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