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Danny’s decision – Esportmaniacos

On this occasion the rumor mill did not lie. Any fan who watched the playoff matchup of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) between Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid could see that something was not going as it could. The current champion and the most expensive project in the history of the North American League of Legends between the ropes, fighting life or death for the last place in World’s representing your region. After the intense 3-2 in favor of the EG, Kyle Sakamaki «Danny» said enough.

Danny did not fool any fans in that series. His face and his performance on Summoner’s Rift were all a reflection of his mental exhaustion. For this very reason, the marksman has decided that he will not play Evil Geniuses in the LCS Finals. Personal goodbye to the match against 100 Thieves to reach the final or the hypothetical fight for the title against Cloud9. Taking into account his 18 years, we could fall into the trivialization of not expecting mental health problems to affect him, but we already know that this does not understand neither age nor the type of people involved.

The best thing about the situation was that Evil Geniuses understood their player and announced the situation with class. Nicole LaPointe, CEO of the club, did it through a release official posted on his own Twitter. The organization and the supporters understood that Danny needed time, so both parties responded appropriately. Better to get away to be able to take care of yourself than not to play for playing feeling bad about yourself or for being able to be a weight for others. Prioritize recovery to, in the best case, reach World’s healthy. Luckily the whole process was a priori exemplary.

However, Danny’s decision -like those of all those affected when they do something like this- goes further. Currently, mental health is no longer a taboo and is becoming increasingly prominent in relation to its importance, but in that campaEsports Extrasthe moment in which the victim says ‘enough’ goes unnoticed. “But what if I hurt the team?” or “What if what I do will have consequences for my job?” are questions that the player of Evil Geniuses could have asked perfectly. Each case is different, but it is important to have the will to take the step. Much more so when those affected are young or in a vulnerable situation.

The shooter has been lucky enough to find himself in an ideal context to prioritize himself, something that cannot always be said in electronic sports. Because in other organizations like TSM it would not be so clear if he could have done the same. In the worst case, it would not be the first or the last time that an employee in the esports industry ends up being fired for wanting to prioritize his mental health. And whoever says esports, also refers to the rest of the sectors. Especially years ago, when mental health was not so sensitive. Danny’s decision must be put in context and considered an example: putting ourselves first is not necessary, it is an obligation to move forward.

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