This week, I got into a small tiff with a King of Fighters pro who was asking the fighting game community for basically a handout. I don’t know what sparked me to open my big mouth yet again, but something about asking for money during Christmas time so someone could travel to a tournament when you’re a professional gamer got me all worked up. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t help but call that particular person out and give him my opinion.
In my humble and yet professional opinion, asking for handouts is something that I’m totally against professional players from doing. Not only can this be abused, it makes the scene just look bad because you play to also get money. If you can’t support yourself for the next tournament because you lack the funding, then you should really consider your options as professional player.
[fancy_link link=”https://twitter.com/balaLuisito/status/272602969420206080″ textColor=”#ffffff” target=”blank”]https://twitter.com/balaLuisito/status/272602969420206080[/fancy_link] $500 Request!
You see, the more you tap the fans for cash, the higher risk you put the entire scene on top of those fans trust in the community. You should instead try to find other means of funding either through actually getting a damn job or others avenues like friends or family and not specifically the fans. This is not to say the community should not help each other though. Professional or not, we are all part of the same community. Sometimes help is needed in order to get from point-to-point, especially in instances where a player is promised a room and got nothing when he got on the ground. That makes perfect sense, give the man a bed to sleep on and hope he does well in the tournament. But be wary, that’s not a free ride to keep tapping people for favors like funding your trip around the world when you should be looking out for yourself, especially when we–as fans–hold you up like gods.
In the end, professionals should be professionals and fans should be fans. We all play a part in the bigger picture. Professionals are entertaining us with their awesome levels of skills where fans are helping feed those professionals through actions like simply watching them on streams, buying the brands those professionals use and of course, following them wherever they go like little eStalkers.
No where in the contact does it specify that I’m your personal sponsor where I have to shell out $500 to get you to your next tournament. I’m sorry, but I simply don’t have that kind of cash nor can I adopt another mouth to feed. Please consider actually being a professional and do what any professional would do–adapt to win.