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Author(s): Hong, Hee Jung
Hong, Seung Han
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Title: Esports Players’ Transition out of Esports: Is There Life After Esports?
Citation: Hong HJ & Hong SH (2023) Esports Players’ Transition out of Esports: Is There Life After Esports?. In: , 03.01.2023-06.01.2023. HICSS.
Issue Date: 3-Jan-2023
Date Deposited: 1-Nov-2023
Conference Dates: 2023-01-03 - 2023-01-06
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore retired/retiring esports players’ experience of transitioning out of esports. To provide in-depth insights into esports players’ transition experiences that may contribute to young players being better prepared for their own transitions, a qualitative approach was applied and four retired professional esports players in South Korea were interviewed. Thematic analysis was applied, and four themes were identified: Pressure and Uncertainty; Lack of Pre-Retirement Planning; Need for Mentorship; Need for Realism about Talent. The findings highlight that esports players experience pressure and struggle with job/finance insecurity during their careers, and that this contributes significantly to their retirement decisions. Lack of pre-retirement planning causes them to be ill-prepared for their life after esports. The study provides empirical evidence which should encourage the industry and stakeholders to establish structured systems to support esports players’ transitions out of esports.
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