Not many people consider eSports players to be actual “athletes,” but the Philadelphia 76ers beg to differ. The 76ers train their NBA players to the highest degree to stay competitive in the league. However, after becoming a trendsetter with their interest in eSports, the 76ers are making great strides to ensure only the best talent thrives within Team Dignitas, their latest procured eSports team. No matter what sport is being played, the 76ers aren’t messing around.
The biggest difference Dignitas face is the leadership change. Coaching for the eSports athletes is leading a healthier approach to the fatigue inducing gaming rigor. So many hours are devoted by the players to be the best, so there is room to change focus towards an array of different games, but at the cost of hours lost. It would be like LeBron suddenly becoming a tight-end in the NFL. Coaches help keep the players on track, while abstaining from the clichéd habits of many gamers (energy drinks and junk food.) Also, much like truck drivers, eSports athletes may turn to illegal ways to keep their energy and production up. The 76ers grant professional guidance to make sure all their athletes stay healthy.
To make sure the gamers are performing to their standards, they have access to all the facilities the 76ers players have. This includes doctors, nutritionists, and psychologists so the athletes are running at peak performance. This is crucial to the industry of eSports because the biggest challenge the athletes face is burnout. So many grind for thousands of hours, playing the same game over and over. This creates a need for psychologists to help them stay focused and invested in their niche game.
The eSports industry is booming, as the 76ers are the first of several NBA teams investing in this market. It’s time to start taking these athletes seriously because they’re moving forward without anyone’s skepticism.