Stop for a second and imagine that you’re a college student who just happens to be pretty good at Hearthstone. You have to focus on your studies, but at the same time, you find the time for competitive gaming because you really love it. Your skill and hard work finally pays off. You qualify for the finals of a big tournament, which also includes an all expenses paid trip to the LAN. Only one obstacle remains – your parents – they aren’t fans of your hobby, not even remotely. You bite the bullet and share the news with them. Their response is negative; you can’t attend this tournament, not unless you plan on moving out and supporting yourself through college. Sounds like a tough situation, right? Well it’s exactly what Hearthstone player Marcus “BOXception” Kwak has had to face.
Marcus, a relatively new Hearthstone player, managed to qualify for ESL Legendary Series season 2 finals where he could play for a share of $25 000. He shared his story in a rather lengthy post on Reddit. Here’s an extract detailing the response of his parents (via Daily Dot):
My parents do not approve of gaming and I have gotten into a lot of trouble because of it in the past. I was so scared to what they would say I did not tell them right away. I knew I had to tell my parents eventually so yesterday on Memorial Day I told my mom at first. She was first were concerned but then supported me saying good luck telling your dad. I told my dad and it was an immediate no and I got into a lot of trouble.
The decision that came down was I either give up my spot and not play in the LAN and stay under the support of my family, or I go and play but pack my things and leave home and I get all support cut off from my parents. I am a college student and I during the summer I have nowhere to go live except for home. And I also do not have enough money to support myself for the rest of my life while paying for school to finish it. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life. Do I give up my childhood dream of playing at a huge gaming event in front of thousands of online viewers, or do I give up my entire life spent in order to go to college and pursue a dream that had no certain future.
That’s kind of heart breaking. I don’t see why Marcus couldn’t attend the event. I mean, it would require zero financial contribution from his parents, would only take a few days of his time, and he would have the chance to make some money in the process. Unless the event coincided with some big university exams or something along those lines, I don’t see what the big deal is or why his parents would present him with such a hectic ultimatum.
Reddit users felt the same and showed their support, offering up advice and sharing their own experiences. Marcus has now revaluated the situation:
Thank you all so much for the support. I did not expect this much feedback and stories shared from all of you. I will take everything into consideration, but in the end I do only have 1 more year left, so might as well finish it all the way through then decide what comes next. But don’t worry the dream is not completely dead and is currently put on hold. Thank you all again.
I think that’s fair. At least this way he can get his education done and dusted, and maybe then he can find a way to support himself and manage his gaming dream. I hope it all works out for him.
What are your thoughts? Should Marcus have pursued his dream now, or is he right in waiting it out?
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Last Updated: May 28, 2015