Hearthstone Player Gives Up Pro Dreams Because Of Parents

Hearthstone Player Gives Up Pro Dreams Because Of Parents

Sometimes parents really don't understand.

This serious bummer of a tale comes from Marcus "BOXception" Kwak (via the Daily Dot), a college student who qualified for the ESL Legendary Series season two finals. The next stop on his sweet ride? California, where he'd have the chance to vie for his cut of a $US25,000 prize purse. Oh, and the trip out there was all-expenses-paid.

The situation that played out, however, was much akin to words once spoken by a great modern poet: "I got in one little [large Hearthstone tournament] and my [dad] got scared, [he] said you're [not] moving with [anybody] in a town called [here]." Or, as Kwak explained on Reddit:

"I knew I had to tell my parents eventually so yesterday on Memorial Day I told my mum at first. She was first 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."

Many Hearthstone players — including pros like Nihilum captain Jakub "Lothar" Szygulski — advised Kwak to keep at it, but Kwak, while thankful, has already decided to put his Hearthstone dreams on the backburner. For now.

"I will take everything into consideration," he wrote, "but in the end I do only have 1 more year [of college] 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."

Kwak is hardly the first eSports hopeful to find his present as the best player on the block butting heads with his future doing Proper Adult Job 116-B. It's an increasingly common clash for young pros, especially in a world that's yet to put eSports on the same pedestal as physical sports. While promising athletes can get full rides through college and (let's face it) easy degree paths that let them focus on their sport of choice, eSports players often have to juggle while handling the figurative chainsaw that is a lack of understanding from family and friends. It's pretty discouraging, to say the least.

With any luck, time, hard work, and widespread recognition will change these things. For now, though, there is no easy way, no low road — only uphill battles.


    My parents did this to me. I wanted to go to hong kong and try to be a stunt man in action films.

    After weeks of every night lectures "people just don't do that" rah rah rah, I capitulated, did a degree and got a job at a teleco.

    I still regret it and that was 15 years ago. Your late teens, early 20s you don't have a mortgage, kids or career to worry about. It's the time to take risks and follow your dreams. It's a mistake to listen to those who grew up in a different time, who have different worries and priorities.

      Early 20s? Is that the new phrase for people between 20 and 40?

        I'm in that 20-40 age bracket you speak of and I have a mortgage, kids and career to worry about.

          Same here minus the kids. Getting married at the end of the year and plan on kids fairly soon after (year or 2) but I'll still be in that age bracket.

        Haha no! In my book early 20s is 20 to 23!

      Solid advice.

      I don't know if I am fortunate or unfortunate that I have never really had any dreams or aspirations for a career path or even to travel. I have a good job that pays well, but I wouldn't say I'm ecstatic to work every day. Neither would I say that I am disheartened by the thought.

      That said, I think with my future children, I will try to remember what you just said.

        Thanks man. It took me a long time but i quit my job. I now work part time job while I'm doing a diploma of film production. I wish i did it years ago but better late than never. I'm lucky my wife believes in me. And has a good job.

    All expenses paid trip and they said no? That's pretty shitty parenting.

    I don't know, I kinda have to side with the parents. You have a choice between finishing your schooling and have a chance at getting a job and career, or leaving to maybe win some prize money.

      He had a chance to make a career out of gaming, it's small chance and would of been hard, but it was there for him to take. Unless there is more to the storey, parents made a dick move.

        Let the kid go!

        Luckily for me I had cool parents who helped pay for me to go and study Music Production 10 years ago. In hindsight it was a complete waste of time and money in regards to a qualification, but I enjoyed my time there, made some life long friends and learnt some important life lessons.

        All of that could have happened to this kid, but now he'll never know.

      I didn't get the impression the options were mutually exclusive. The tournament isn't running during exam time as far as I can see and it's only two weeks at worst. Taking a short break from university to attend a tournament is hardly going to get him expelled or fail his courses.

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