Geeks everywhere want to know what it's like to be a pro gamer, harboring their own dreams of killing Zerg for a living. But the realities of pro gaming would dampen anyone’s drive to pursue such a career. The lifestyle of professional gamers might seem appealing, until you know what exactly that entails: a minimum of 10 hours a day playing a single game, every day, with no guarantee of making any money from it.
There’s a huge difference between being a casual gamer and a professional gamer. The life of an e-athlete is not cushy by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, it can be downright grueling. Lack of sleep, drug abuse, sexual harassment — there are a lot of messed up things about playing video games professionally that just come with the territory. Let’s take a deep dive into the dark lives of pro gamers, and put to bed this notion of gaming as a cushy dream job.
It's A Short Career
Say Goodbye To A Social Life... And SleepPhoto: Skreened
There's Gambling That Makes Pete Rose Look Innocent
Drug Abuse Is Rampant
Sexual Harassment Is The Industry StandardPhoto: PiMP.TV
Pro Gamers Are Often Crammed Into Over-Capacity Living SituationsPhoto: Spencer Usharty/YouTube