“Why, back in my day, we walked uphill in the snow to our computer to play ARAMs and WE LIKED IT!”
OK, so ex-League of Legends players probably aren’t that crotchety. But with the typical retired professional player being only in his mid-20s, Riot Games wants to try and help gently ease their aging superstars into retirement, as well as how to manage themselves during their peak years and grow their brand.
As reported by Polygon, Riot is “creating regular summits that aim to teach pro gamers how to maintain their personal brand.” Said head of EU e-sports Jason Yeh, “The NFL has a ‘Rookie Symposium,’ for example. It’s basically an orientation program which is similar to what we’re doing.”
It’s a noble goal for those washed-up 20-somethings who just can’t time their ultimates like they could when they were 17. May we all age so gracefully.
By Jason Winter