CoD’s most famous player talks financial security – “Of course I insured my hands”

Scump is probably the most famous Call of Duty player. In a podcast he now spoke about financial security and revealed that he had his hands insured.

Who is the person you are talking about?

  • Seth “Scump” Abner (27) played the franchise’s various titles professionally.
  • In 2016 he won an award for “E-Sports Console Player of the Year”
  • He’s won a total of $1.18 million in prize money playing Call of Duty (via esportsearnings)
  • In 2017, he became the world champion in CoD: Infinite Warfare and won the 2017 CWL Championship with the team at OpTic Gaming (via Liquipedia).
  • Scump has 1.38 million followers on Twitch and regularly streams to around 10,000 viewers
  • In January 2023, Scump announced that he was retiring as a professional CoD player. Most recently, the 27-year-old played for Team Envy.

Why is Scump talking about his financial security? The eSportsman was a guest on the 109th episode of The OpTic Podcast, where he spoke to H3CZ, President of OpTic Gaming, and gamers “Shotzzy” and “Huke” on the topic of health.

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First, they talk about the benefits of soaking your hands in ice-cold water. Then Scump says a lot of CoD players don’t really pay attention to their physical health. They then talk about manicures and pedicures, followed by financial security in the event of an injury.

You can watch the podcast episode with Scump here. We also gave you a timestamp a few minutes before the conversation about hand insurance.

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Episode 109 of the OpTic Podcast with Scump

Of course I insured my hands

What does Scump say about his financial security? While Scump and H3CZ admire each other’s fingernails, HECZ calls Scump’s hands “multimillion dollar hands” and says that now that Scump is retired, he can do whatever he wants with his hands.

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Moments later, he points to someone off frame and says, “Can you take a note to make sure we insure those hands over there?” H3CZ points in the direction of Shotzzy and Huke.

Shotzzy, puzzled by the OpTic President’s instruction, then asks Scump if he insured his hands. Scump confidently affirms this and advises the other players to do the same:

Of course I insured my hands. […] You should definitely get your hands insured. […] Purely hypothetically, what if you go down the stairs and take a wrong step? Boom, the wrist’s gone. […] You can recover from it, but you’re out all year. how do you get paid You know what I mean? [… ] That’s why you need to cover all your bases.

In addition to Scump gameplay, the CoD community on Twitch offers other special features… Like players in a rat costume.

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What about the health of e-athletes? In recent years, the health of esports players has become an increasingly important topic. During the podcast episode, Scump also talks about the problems that arise when you sit in front of the PC for eight hours at a time.

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The physical condition of esports players was already an issue in 2020 when LoL player Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao had to retire at the age of 23 due to health reasons.

In September 2022, the Twitch streamer Nickmercs then attracted attention with some statements about the physical health of CoD players. He said that performing certain micro-movements and fine motor skills would damage the body and that players with CoD Warzone would stop because the risk of injury was too great.

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