Passing on the Gaming Legacy: Is It a Good Idea to Let Your Children Use Your Gaming Username?

Published 03/21/2023, 7:45 AM EDT

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Inheritance is something that has been present in the world for as long as one could remember. Let it be from the times of kings when their children were crowned prince and princess to the modern era, where billionaires hand over their assets to their kids.

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But, is this aspect applicable to everything? To be more clear, can a parent give their children their gamer tag when they start playing games? Does inheritance happen in the world of Esports? This is a complex idea that has many subjective opinions.

Inheriting gaming usernames from parents has its pros and cons

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We all use unique tags while gaming. This name is what defines one in the gaming circle. The fandom is built around it. The names Scump, Ninja, s1mple, TenZ, PewDiePie, and many more are prominent examples of popular usernames.

These have become a part of their own identity. So would it be the right decision to let the children take these usernames?

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Let it be a famous Esports star or even an occasional gamer, should their children be able to use the same username that their parents used. We have witnessed many people using these in recent times. Like how Cristiano Ronaldo’s son is known as Ronaldo Jr.

If the parent feels like it is the right thing to do, then surely their children can use their usernames. But it gets more problematized and complex if they are popular stars.

The usernames that they use not only identify the individual but their talent as well. We surely have heard many people associating professional players’ names with the exponential skill that they show in the game. Even when a regular gamer makes the play of their life, we compare them to these popular talented players.

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For example, if someone hits an insane flick in Valorant, their friends or teammates associate that moment with TenZ, calling it his ‘TenZ moment’. So, you can see that the username itself becomes a mark of talent.

Thus, this very factor causes confusion regarding giving usernames to children. Yes, in the terms of inheritance, it is totally valid, but in the view of the public, this aspect is very subjective.

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If the child does not possess the gaming skill set to meet the legacy that their parent’s username holds, they will probably be met with tons of criticism from the fans. This will cause some sort of distress as well for the children.

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Moreover, the question of nepotism, which has been the talk of various industries, will also come to play. Advocates against nepotism will find problems regarding the child taking their parent’s username. This even creates more scrutiny for both the parents and the children.

Though giving the username of the parent to their child seems like a very simple task, it has several complex folds hidden beneath. Especially if the parent is a popular icon in their respective game. Even if the child performs well, some critics will still find a way to condemn them.

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This does not mean one should not give their usernames or gamer tags to their children. It is totally dependent on the parent and child. For professional gamers, the main factor that is essential while handing over the usernames is to prepare themselves to face the many criticisms that may come their way.

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Written by:

Aravind Menon

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Aravind Menon is an eSports content writer at EssentiallySports. With a graduate degree in English Honours and post graduate degree in Literary and Cultural Studies, writing has always been a passion for Aravind. He has a keen interest in sports and occasionally enjoys watching sporting events.
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