It can be somewhat perplexing that professional gamers retire in their 20s. Why not just go on until you are thirty? Some would ask. After all, this would mean a longer career, and more income. However, professionals gamers tend to retire in their 20s, opposed to professional game developers who don’t, this is for the same reason professional athletes retire ate this same period as well; slower reaction times, injuries, and for income savings.
Professional gaming, just like athletics, is largely about physical coordination. The level of physical coordination tends to peak in the 20s, and then starts to decline with age. In numerous occasions, by the time a professional gamer has reached the age of 28 or 29, there is usually a young teenager whose physical coordination is a few seconds, or milliseconds faster than his. Consequently, the older are replaced by the young, and the cycle continues.
The second reason professional gamers retire in their 20s is income related. As an athlete grows older and gets closer to 30 than 20, it becomes more difficult for them to make money out of wining tournaments. This is because of the younger breed who are usually younger, faster, more agile, and generally better than them at this stage in their life.
Keeping in mind that competitions are often an expensive agenda, what with the handsome sums needed to cater for all the travel and entry fees, it becomes more logical; and more cost effective, for these gamers to retire and focus their energy and money elsewhere.
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Thirdly, the human body can only take so much, especially considering the strain that these professional gamers put their bodies through. More often than not, professional gamers may develop a series of temporal or permanent injuries that force them to cut short their (already declining) careers. Repetitive stress injuries are especially notorious among professional gamers as they get older.
Generally, as players reach their mid-20s, their reaction times diminish considerably, and in many occasions, the mechanics of the game change and become harder for them. Those who chose to fight eventually get tired of professional gaming soon enough. Tasked with the decision to proceed with gaming when its costs outweigh the benefits, it is usually safer and wiser for these professionals to diversify, get into coaching, or pursue other interests.