During the last couple of years, the schedule in the eSports competition has been hectic. Over the recent period, we are witnessing more and more players taking a break from the competition to get much need time off and to relax during a given period without professional video gaming.
Because of that, more and more teams and individuals from the eSports industry are emphasizing the importance of the mental health of their players and in general. As a consequence, many teams have been attempting to provide their players with the best possible conditions to keep them relaxed and fit in this regard.
Immortals and the Mental Health Issue
During the previous years, several teams attempted to deal with this issue in their own ways. They were more or less successful in these attempts. Among those teams are Immortals who took the handling of this issue to a whole new level. In order to prevent burnout in the team, Immortals have reset their entire schedule.
The new schedule for the players includes day starting earlier while the scrims (practice matches) start at 10 a.m., and the player’s day lasts until 5 p.m. With that kind of a change, players still have a lot of time to spend away from the computers and the practice. This has provided players the opportunity to have enough time each day for other activities besides gaming. One possible consequence of this change might be the prolonged lasting of players’ careers.
With this kind of a schedule, players will have evenings for themselves, to spend them as they want and in the company of their friends and family. Before the introduction of the new schedule, this was not the case, and the players were bound to computers and the team house during the evenings as well.
Robert Yip, Immortals‘ coach, has confirmed that the change of the schedule that Immortals introduced had a lot of positive effects. He indicated that with this schedule, players will be able to focus on some other things rather than just video gaming. In that kind of situations, players will be able to use their talents more which can lead the team towards better results.
For Immortals, supporting their players is much more important than the regular and strict practice time. The officials of this organization consider that with this kind of schedule and by providing more time for the players to focus on other things, the organizations will have much better results in a long run.
Players have also reacted positively to this change, and Immortals’ William ‘Stunt’ Chen and Cody Sun have said that waking up early has been a challenge. However, all this is for the long-term benefit of the team. All the players have indicated that it will take them a few weeks to adjust to the new schedule and all of them have said that they hope that the new program will improve their game and bring better results for the team.
The issue of mental health has been on the margin for many years. However, it seems that the situation is changing and this issue is getting more and more media time which is long overdue. Immortals are not the first eSports organization to tackle this problem but they are the ones who did the most so far, and we can only hope that other teams will start to implement similar measures very soon.