The gaming and esports industry has ballooned in recent years with literally billions of people gaming daily. For a large portion of those people, gaming is more of a lifestyle than it is a hobby. And as with any lifestyle, health and wellness play big roles. Historically, the gaming industry hasn’t seemed as concerned with health and wellness—or at least, it hasn’t been publicly advertised to do so. But all that’s changing.
Health and wellness in gaming
Considering what it means to have a gaming lifestyle—or even to game consistently as a hobby—it’s very important for gamers to take care of themselves and to know what it is they should watch for and focus on that’s specific to gaming. Things like long hours in front of a screen emitting lots of artificial blue light, hours seated and potentially with poor posture or non-ergonomically positioned devices and furniture, and lots and lots of repetitive motion for your hands, wrists, arms, and shoulders. Oh, and don’t forget the tension that inevitably comes with high-stress games. That list alone has enough factors that affect our physical and mental health and well-being, and those are just the basics.
How Ritual Motion supports gamer health
Ritual Motion was in fact borne out of a desire to help ease gamers’ hand and wrist pain. One of our founders, Dana, saw his kids playing video games all the time and noticed that they consistently had soreness. So, he set out to create compression gloves, which ultimately became our Gaming Skins. But it quickly became about much more than just hand and wrist support. Ritual Motion is now a broad community with efforts and initiatives supporting all aspects of gamers’ physical and mental health, including more gear like blue light gaming glasses, dietary products like spirulina-based SNACK clusters, and Ritual Motion multi-vitamins specifically engineered to support gamers’ needs. Add to all that nonprofit fundraising tournaments to support community causes, surveys and reports on gamer health, a whole lineup of content covering the full range of gamer health issues, and more.
Other organizations supporting gamer health and wellness
But we’re not the only organization supporting gamer health and wellness! There are several other health champions in the industry doing awesome things—and we think you should know about them too.
SCUF is a household name in the gaming world, known for building some of the best controllers on the market. Gamers of all levels love SCUF controllers, and they’re certainly favored by the pros. One reason is that SCUF controllers are built to specification, customized for your hands and your needs in order to “increase hand use and improve gameplay” by reducing extra and painful movements. To do this and optimize functionality, they’ve homed in on four key areas of a controller: the back-control functions and handles, the trigger control mechanisms, the thumbstick control area, and the side-mounted configurable Sax™ button placements. Their patented paddle control system and trigger control mechanism specifically help cut down on hand injuries.
HyperX is a company dedicated to creating quality peripheral gaming gear—and they definitely deliver. One of the top, award-winning gear companies and a go-to for pro gamers and esports athletes all over, HyperX makes everything from headsets, keyboards, and mice, to gaming microSD cards and memory drives. All of their products rank among the best for comfort, performance, ease of use, and reliability. On top of that, their mission is based on inclusion. They’re a company for everyone, as they state, “No matter who you are, or what you play, WE’RE ALL GAMERS.” We think that’s a pretty healthy way to be.
With an acute awareness around the mental health and wellbeing of their employees, Jagex have established themselves as a leading voice within gaming and esports for the promotion of these vital wellness pillars.
Via the power of their community Jagex have been able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health causes, all aimed at making a real difference to people’s lives. Their endeavors haven’t gone unnoticed either with the business being recognized by GamesIndustry.biz as the winner of its CSR Award for 2018.
Part of being a thought leader in any industry is about setting the barriers for greatness. Gen G esports did just that when under the stewardship of Martin Kim they established their health and wellness program for their esports players. Partnering with LA Fitness and Simple Habit, Martin and the team at Gen G set out to write the handbook for how pro esports players should train and live to be the best.
Which gaming companies supporting gamer health and wellness do you like?