‘Passion Is Literally Everything’- Shroud Believes Gamers Can Only Play Competitive Till a Certain Age

Published 08/02/2021, 9:10 AM EDT


Everyone in the gaming community has wondered till what age should pro gamers be allowed to compete. And while the answer to the question might be subjective, everyone has their own opinion. And one of the most prominent figures in gaming, Shroud, thinks pro players should be able to play at a competitive level till they’re 50.

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What Shroud said has surprised a lot of people, as common belief suggests a gamer’s career enters the twilight stage as they cross the 30-year mark.

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Shroud believes passion is everything

Shroud has been involved in the gaming industry for a long time now. And having been a pro player, he understands what it takes to play games on a competitive level. From his perspective, much of what drives gamers to play competitively is the passion to get better at video games and win. “Passion is literally everything,” he emphasizes.

And Shroud, being the veteran he is, acknowledges that with age, reaction time increases. And he has taken that into account as well. He believes the only reason someone would quit professionally playing video games early is because adult life is too distracting. People change as time passes and they grow older. Their priorities change. And with these changes, they lose the passion to play professionally.

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He acknowledges that if someone started playing professionally late in their life, they would probably struggle to play at a high level when they’re 50. “If you were starting early, say 16/17 playing professionally and you played professionally until you were 50, you’re still going to be playing at a high level,” he drives the point home.

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Shroud’s take on the matter might have surprised some of his viewers. But most people seem to agree that passion is the most important thing if you’re considering playing video games competitively till you’re 50.

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Soumyadyuti Ghosh

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An eSports writer at EssentiallySports, Soumyadyuti Ghosh is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Management. Before becoming an eSports writer for EssentiallySports, he worked as a freelance content writer, editor, and proofreader and primarily worked on projects revolving around insurance, travel, and gadgets. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things eSports, a rather unhealthy obsession with playing video games, and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the gaming industry make him a video game aficionado.

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