Gaming has grown ever since its inception in the ’90s. The industry has expanded a lot, and video game competitions are a real part of it now. Changing a hobby into a profitable way of earning money allowed tons of people to play video games for a living – be it streaming gameplay live, making content around video games, or simply playing games professionally. Naturally, this does not come without a catch – turning your hobby into a career means you need to fight off with others in a hyper-competitive world that has the most lucrative prizes for winners, and absolutely nothing for losers.

The bright stadiums housing the expos or tournaments are home to some of the best talent known in the gaming industry. Yes, it’s a house for no one but the best, and the ranked ladder is quite a steep one, to say the least. Like all worlds, gaming is no stranger to nefarious practices including nepotism, which means there will be people denying slots for the real talented folk by simply calling in a favor or two from higher-ups. If you’re not successful, you’re no one – years of trophies get washed away in mere months if your performance is not up to the mark. If that itself wasn’t enough, the crowd’s choices of their champions are extremely fleeting and change every now and then.

These issues may deter the strongest of minds to falter at points. No one expects these mental obstacles to overlap one’s life when one enters the industry. Add the difficulty of discussing mental health issues with the general public, who still consider it to be a taboo. Health issues, both mental and physical, need to be tackled at the earliest. Professional teams hiring esports athletes and streamers always have doctors on board to tend to every need of the players – a player who is morally down doesn’t win trophies for the team (this should essentially be something to look out for all players – do take professional help if your mental health is faltering). One such website that can help you is BetterHelp, go check them out.

All players, as such, should be taking care of their mental health and not only professional athletes. This ensures the industry stays clear from stains that the mainstream media may want to pin on to it. Deaths due to lack of suicide awareness are pinned on gaming – we have seen multiple occurrences of this. Help is always one phone call – or in the age of the Internet – one click away, so there should never be any hesitation to seek it.

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