This article was originally published on GameSpot’s sister site onGamers.com, which was dedicated to esports coverage. “The League Championship Series is a professional sports league, with players who compete for most of the year, live with their teams and travel extensively. All this adds up to a full-time job and commitment that requires significant sacrifice and lot of maturity. That’s why we believe that 17 is the appropriate minimum age for a pro player.” -Riot’s 2014 Season 4 FAQOne of the remarkable facets of esports is that the medium of competition, with matches taking place inside a virtual environment inside a computer, means that this is a competitive discipline or sport which truly can transcend societal limitations. If someone can perform to a high level then they can be a professional and earn a degree of respect, regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or income level. Battles that must be fought on those fronts in other sports, where societal labels have held back potentially great athletes, become almost moot in the world of esports. It’s merely about whether the person has game or not inside the server.In that sense it’s worth considering the impact of age restrictions on esports and… Read full this story
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