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Is the Future of Esports in Youth or Experience?

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Every major sporting event around the world poses the same question – stick with an older, more experienced player, or go with the young shining talent? If anything, the most recent Super Bowl has shown just how much value an experienced player holds as Tom Brady captures another ring whilst over the age of 40 – particularly in a game where physicality is so important, it is a very impressive feat. But esports has typically been targeted towards the younger players with many games having a much young average age, some even floating around an average team age of just 22. Given how much impact an experienced player can have, is the future for esports found in youth players, or in the experienced veteran?

One of the most famous League of Legends athletes, Lee “Faker” Sangh-hyeok, a 24-year old League of Legends player from Korea and often regarded as the best player in the world had recently stated that he believes over time the average age of players within the game will go up, although not really expanding in the thoughts many believe this is simply to do with how experience will be so impactful over changing game states throughout time – but it has also been shown time over that bringing in youth too early can lead to injury and problems with burnout leading many to have to retire early or sit on the side lines whilst experienced players take their slots again.

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There’s also a secondary effect that many big players bring with experience, as esports betting has become a growing factor for the scene and team popularity remains so important, signing the big, experienced players who have a history of winning has already been proven to be a huge draw, with a growing number of operators representing esports here at too pulling in the big numbers has become more important.

There are drawbacks too, however, to keeping experienced players – the youth have a history of being somewhat exploited with shorter contracts or cheaper salaries and expanding the youth talent pool is much cheaper than bringing on the experienced veterans who have a history of big wins underneath them and the price tags that come with them.

Ultimately only time will tell which is which – or whether or not it’s a combination of both, at least in the shorter term it seems as if there’s much more value being placed in youth as veteran players begin to retire, if change does come with the average team age, it may not be for some time yet as many of the best are still very much in their youth.