Career transitions of esports athletes : a proposal for a research framework / Markus Salo

Salo, Markus

Esports has boomed, the number of esport athletes has grown rapidly, and many teenagers aspire to a have career in esports. However, esports athletes’ careers involve many problems, such as career-entry difficulties, straining life habits, burnout, premature retirement, and post-career dilemmas. Despite a growing research interest in esports, a void of knowledge exists regarding esports athletes’ career aspects. To address the gap in research, this paper aims to take an initial step by proposing a framework for esports athletes’ career transitions. The framework combines two approaches from sport psychology and sport literature. The framework can help esports athletes, coaches, and other stakeholders have and maintain long-lasting and healthy careers.

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