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Diehard sports fans can tell you the ups and downs of their teams, who was swapped in and out, and when they last won a major tournament. However, due to the money earned and the skill required, it doesn’t take much for hateful shouts at the TV or from the stands. E-Sports works in much the same way, and we’re just as quick to condemn them.
In a game like League of Legends, where emotions run high, it’s easy to lose control and lash out. Whether you’re a seasoned vet or a player just trying to get better, at some time or another, you’ve likely raged. NintendudeX, a professional LoL player for Team Dynamic, recently learned firsthand the toll that it can take on you, not only as a player, but also as a person.
While no stranger to rage himself, even earning an Urban Dictionary entry about his behavior, one must keep in mind that until recently, he was still in high school. E-Sports fans can be pretty fickle, loving you when you’re riding high, but hating you when you’re not your best. During a losing streak, he happened to look over at his stream chat, and began to crack.
It’s hard to believe that at his age, a game could raise his blood pressure while causing extreme anxiety. However, the practice schedule, tournaments, scrims, streaming, and everything in between, such as the DDoSing, would be rough on anyone. Also keep in mind that he’s fairly new to the competitive team, so he probably hasn’t learned how to deal with these reactions.
I suppose the point of all of this is that we’re sometimes a little too hard on our favorite teams. In the process, we could be breaking them physically and mentally as well. Would we want to be treated that way ourselves?
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