Earlier this week, GIbiz put out a piece on the Shanghai Dragons, the Overwatch League e-sports team representing China. In a letter to fans, the team appears to have inadvertently revealed that it’s grotesquely overworked; in bragging that the team has the “most intensive training scheme among all the teams,” the team manager admitted that the group trains 12 hours a day, six days a week. That’s 72 hours a week.
As GIbiz points out, not only does this “seem to fly in the face of Blizzard’s goals for a sustainable league that supports its players,” it also doesn’t seem to actually be working, as the Dragons haven’t won a single game in 32 matchups. It’s almost as if hustle/crunch culture exhausts and drains people rather than beefs them up!
Most of us are never going to be, or even aspire to be, professional e-sports gamers to the degree that someone will pay us thousands of dollars per year to train and play. But I bet most of us do aspire to be decent or even great at the games we invest the most time in. So for this week’s Leaderboard, I thought it would be fun to explore just how much time you think you need to put in to be a great player of the typical MMORPG?
How much time should you put in to become a great player in the typical MMO?
- More than 50 hours a week, or significantly more than a full-time job (2%, 4 Votes)
- Between 35 and 45 hours a week, about as much as a full-time job (5%, 9 Votes)
- Between 20 and 30 hours a week, about as much as a part-time job (12%, 22 Votes)
- Under 20 hours a week, less than a part-time job (7%, 12 Votes)
- The amount of time doesn't matter as long as you play some every day (5%, 9 Votes)
- The amount of time doesn't matter as long as you're training the right skills under the right conditions (25%, 45 Votes)
- The amount of time doesn't matter because becoming truly great is innate rather than taught or practiced (5%, 9 Votes)
- I don't particularly aspire to become a great player in the typical MMORPG (24%, 43 Votes)
- It's not possible to become a great player in the typical MMORPG (3%, 6 Votes)
- Something else - tell us in the comments (3%, 5 Votes)
- Don't know / no response / elf butts / view tally (8%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 154