It's time to say goodbye. - Page 7
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I don't think you made a bad call, though. You were (are) young enough to take a significant risk with something that you were passionate about. I mean for the mere investment of a calendar year or less being full-time, you were able to determine that this is not your path. People toil and stagnate for years in many professions before they make such a call. So I think you got out at the right time for yourself.
There's really only 2 ways for players to "make it big:" being among the best in the world, or being a marketable likeable (or controversial) figure. With the latter, you don't even have to be good at the game. I need not mention examples. So what that leaves is a sea of people who may or may not have low salaries at all, missing winnings money, and struggle just to break into tournaments, since there are thousands and thousands of people with your exact goals and determination. I can understand the appeal. Getting paid to play a video game. What a life! Stephano almost makes 100k on salary alone. (Major) tournament winnings can last a good while if you get them. And if you are good enough, the sponsor/streaming revenue goes up because you are a more desired product. But there is such a small percentage that qualify for any high payouts, particularly foreigners.
Thanks for talking about actual issues, particularly the naivete and weakness of players having no life experience and no support of a union. I completely agree.
You're lucky to have such supporting parents. I want you to know I know all to well how you feel. My parents helped me out during a really tough period, and although I am grateful, all I usually feel is guilt. Having such good and helpful parents but not performing near my personal expectations (or even theirs perhaps) was quite a burden.
I have nothing but respect for you ever since bw days. I remember the time you had no honor and chose P in scbw. But i still respected you b/c you didn't just make carriers.
On a serious note, I will always remember and cherish our games. It probably didn't mean much to you but to me as an upcoming player I always saw you as an awesome player. (you and morrow for some reason really stuck with me, then later bratok)
I'm very sad about this but i wish you a ton of luck in the future. You're an accomplished player in both games, and I really belive you could do whatever you want in life and be successful.