There are plenty of people who are incredible gamers, but very few have the talent to go pro. Marcus “BOXception” Kwak qualified for the ESL Legendary Series season 2 finals, but his parents (his father mostly) did not approve. When told about the all expenses paid trip to California and the chance to compete against other Hearthstone players for $25K, he was told “no” flat out.
Kwak explained on Reddit:
“I knew I had to tell my parents eventually so yesterday on Memorial Day I told my mom at first. She was first concerned but then supported me saying good luck telling your dad. I told my dad and it was an immediate no and I got into a lot of trouble.”
“The decision that came down was I either give up my spot and not play in the LAN and stay under the support of my family, or I go and play but pack my things and leave home and I get all support cut off from my parents. I am a college student and I during the summer I have nowhere to go live except for home. And I also do not have enough money to support myself for the rest of my life while paying for school to finish it. It was one of the hardest decisions of my life.”
With only one year left, he was left with a choice and he opted to withdraw from the tournament:
“I will take everything into consideration,” he wrote, “but in the end I do only have 1 more year [of college] left, so might as well finish it all the way through then decide what comes next. But don’t worry the dream is not completely dead and is currently put on hold. Thank you all.”
So it’s done. He won’t be playing, but he did receive incredible support from other gamers, some who have similar disapproving families. Nihilum captain Jakub “Lothar” Szygulski and Steven “Calitrlolz” Kim from Team 8 were among those who offered their support to Kwak. Hopefully, once he graduates, he’ll earn himself another chance.
Still, what would you have done in this situation?
(via Daily Dot)