‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast
Taimou had an outburst on Twitter over the weekend. It was about his burnout with the game of Overwatch and his struggles with motivation, depression and his loss of interest in the game. These are serious issues, but when he wrote that at this point he might rather work at McDonald’s than continue playing Overwatch, I was reminded of EternaLEnVy.
Prior to becoming a Dota 2 pro, EternaLEnVy was a student at Toronto University. He then went on to a Team Liquid forum and posted he was going to become a pro. He was roundly mocked and told not to throw his life away. Later, he became one of the most renowned Dota 2 players in the world. But during his tenure as a pro, he revealed that he sometimes went to school. Not because he wanted to get a degree or anything, but only to remind him of the terrible days as a student.
While it’s a funny story, it does have a bit of a point. There have been many pro esports players throughout history that have done their studies while being a top level esports player or had another job. By doing that, the player was forced away from the game for a designated period of time. There are certain players who focus everything they have on the game to their own detriment. Some games like League of Legends sort of create this burnout atmosphere. Taimou seems like one of those players. For Taimou, I think it’s time he took a break from the game after this season of Apex and think about how he wants to balance his life going forward. Maybe work a part time shift at McDonald’s to get some of that motivation to continue playing as a pro like EternaLEnVy.