League of Legends’ popularity has risen greatly over the years and it is Riot’s policy to keep pushing its game forward. Not only through the game itself, but through its players as well. One of Riot’s best ways to promote their players is through player spotlights and documentaries and “Legends Rising” is one such new documentary. Sadly, it only reveals the immense tragedy behind professional eSports stars.
“Legends Rising Episode 1” is the first part of a documentary that wants to show the lives of League of Legends’ most extraordinary players. Thus, the spotlight in this first episode has been taken by the two famous names “Faker” and “Bjergsen”. If you are familiar with League, then you are also familiar with these two players. Faker is a Korean player, while Bjergsen is Danish.
Bjorgsen and Faker are two wonders in the game and it is not hard for any human being to watch a YouTube video and see how ahead of their competition they are. They both play very difficult champions in the game and they are both the superstars of their continents. When you think League of Legends South Koreea, you think Faker. When you think Europe or North America, you think Bjergsen.
But while these players are exceptional in the game, the people behind the monitor do not seem to be the superstars all teenagers want to be. On the contrary, the people seem like broken relics who seem to have traded their lives for a profession that is going to end at the age of 25. This is, in the end, what League of Legends has managed to offer these teenagers: 18 hours of gaming every day in exchange for their souls.
It is not difficult to notice how these two “Legends” have been shaped by an uninteresting or frustrating childhood and sought their refuge within a popular video game. Faker is the kind of person who is unable to smile during his birthday and spends his time either on the computer or on his smartphone. Bjergsen’s childhood involved a lot of “bad things” so he “looked for every opportunity”.
Sadly, these teenagers’ opportunity has come with a broken game that promises fame and drains the very life out of you. This is League of Legends’ pride. This is what the world of eSports ultimately has to offer.
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