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Fear opens up about old age in esports

Fear wrote a blog post detailing his thoughts about old age and how the world of Dota 2 sees it.

Fear is lovingly known as “Old man” Fear. It is due to the fact he is one of the very few Dota 2 players who are still playing the game professionally while in their 30s. Many players retire by this age, sometimes before, and take the job of a caster, analyst or a coach. This is also true for the rest of the games in esports.

In a blog he wrote on Twitlonger, Fear has opened up about what he thinks about this trend:

"As of right now, a lot of players, fans, and organizations treat players in their late 20's to be an older player reaching retirement. With that being said, being a professional player in esports, compared to any other sport, is a terrible investment of your future--even if you are successful. I see a lot of players lose confidence and retire because of this predetermined misconception set by the community. I am 30 years old and approaching 31, so I know this feeling well. People on Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, and even in my pubs seem to share this sentiment. So why is it in traditional sports there are superstars in their 30's?"  

He then goes on to refer to LeBron James, Steph Curry and Tom Brady. According to him, one of the reasons is that to be a professional esports player, you have to start playing a game while you are young. And a lot of video games don’t last for a long time.  

"It’s only natural that most players are only good at a certain game, and as that game dies, so does the future of those that played it.
"I couldn’t imagine myself picking up LoL and expect to go pro."

But luckily, Dota 2 has survived the test of time. Yet, the career expectancy of players is still almost a decade long, before they reach their 30s. Fear ascribes this as just a trend which has been long going on in esports without any real reasons. He also writes that as far as waning reflexes are concerned, he still outdid younger players like Sumail.

"I don’t feel that I, or any other player who grew up playing Dota, is too old to play Dota professionally because they’re in their late 20s. I have heard the argument that your reflexes in video games goes down as you get older, but I would play reaction time tests with younger players like Sumail all the time and still school them with an 11 year age gap."  

Concluding the blog, he writes that more older players should take charge and continue playing, as it would be good for esports in general.

Do you think that Fear has a point? Let us know in the comments.


MN | Rudraaksh

MN | Rudraaksh

Rudraaksh is a dentist by trade but a gamer by heart. He’s written for adventure sports website and volunteered for a Germany based newsletter, but is currently taking the esports scene by storm.

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