Some of our local Dota 2 public figures claps back on a misleading article about esports and its health risks to players. Find out what they had to say now!
After an article about the health risks of esports went viral, the whole community went ballistic. As much as we want esports to be recognized, the negativity portrayed in the article was a little bit over the top. Despite the good intentions of the article, it sounded accusing.
The article dissected the physical health risks of esports. With the special mention of the ongoing The International 2019 at Shanghai, China. According to the article, players “pay the physical price with deteriorating eyesight, digestive problems and wrist, and hand damage”. Despite the $33.5 million prize pool money on the line.
They accounted a few testimonies from players. Particularly Evgenii “Blizzy” Ree from Natus Vincere. There’s no denying the fact that the article has good intentions. Especially with shedding light on such kind of issue. However, it was written in a problematic perspective that sounded accusing to esports. Which attracted the attention of local Dota 2 personalities like Tier One Entertainment’s CEO, Tryke Gutierrez.
Outdated negative publicity
“Quit harping on our industry.” Those are the words of Tryke Gutierrez in his shared post. The CEO of Tier One Entertainment has always been vocal on his thoughts and opinions about issues concerning esports. Especially issues that seem to reprimand it for a lot of things in society. Lack of direction in life, gun violence, education problems and now health risks. Never did it end.
But Tryke believes that esports has more to offer. More than what the general public sees from the sidelines. And he couldn’t careless nor ignore such kind of clobber since he’s been proving all the haters from day 1. Together with his Tier One family, they’ve been showing that there’s a flourishing career in esports.
Support from other Dota 2 public figures
On the other hand, a few local Dota 2 personalities chimed in with Tryke. This includes Bianca “Biancake” Yao and Aries “Kalbs” Ang Alejandro who stated their opposition to the article’s perspective. According to them, every sport has physical health risks to consider. That goes to both physical sports and esports. But esports doesn’t have that severe health risks to start with. Unlike physical sports like football and basketball where there can be painful permanent damage.
I'm not going to share for obvious reasons, but I saw a genuine mainstream headline this morning titled:
"Gamers risk health for big prize in esports event"
Listen up mainstream press:
YOU'RE FUCKING CLUELESS.
— Redeye (@PaulChaloner) August 23, 2019
Even international Dota 2 personality, Paul “RedEye” Chaloner expressed his disappointment to the article.
True, there’s the risk of poor eyesight and wrist and hand damage. But players know that. They’ve entered the industry knowing what they can experience. And their managements make sure that they’re taken care of. Because just like your NBA superstars, they are the assets of the company.
Esports never left the vision of scrutinizing eyes. Even if it’s flourishing for the past few years and continuing its growth, there have always been naysayers. But we all have to agree to disagree, just like these people. They’ve seen and experienced the ups and downs of Dota 2, of esports.
Point is, all sports have physical health risks. And nitpicking esports alone in such a problematic tone sounds accusing to the community. No matter how good the intentions are, the negative connotation presented can be misleading.
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