Razer today launches the “Champions Start from Within” esports wellness program, which seeks to promote healthy and sustainable gaming habits in the highly demanding and intense competitive gaming industry. The collaboration with Ritual Motion, health experts, and esports players will contain videos, articles, contacts, and events. Esports athletes, both professionals and amateurs, can refer to these easily accessible resources and “level up” their game through physical and mental wellness.
It’s no secret that the global esports revenue has significantly increased. Accorsing to Newzoo, the industry is predicted to see a year-on-year growth of +14.5%, to be valued at USD1,084 million in 2021. Enticed by the glory of fame and the increasing tournament prizes, athletes often neglect their mental and physical wellbeing. As a result, the average age of retirement for an esports athlete is around 25 years old. In addition, physical injuries and mental stress caused by irregular schedules and diets are cited as main reasons for retirement.
“The esports scene is dynamic and fast-paced, and that’s what makes it so exciting and engaging – but the industry hasn’t placed a lot of emphasis on physical and mental health, so many athletes are often unaware of how to care for their minds and bodies for a longer-lasting career,” said Flo Gutierrez, Director of Global Esports at Razer. “We want to ensure that players and teams at all levels of competition are given adequate support, so we sat down with leading experts in the field and designed this program for them.”
Together with the community, Razer has lined up multiple events and activations to help educate aspiring athletes. Content and discussions will include experts in esports health and wellness such as Dr. Jordan Tsai, Esports Physical Therapist at Respawn Therapy; Crystal Mills, a former pediatric trauma surgical technologist who is currently the VP of Content at Ritual Motion; Dr. Drew Schwartz, Chiropractic Physician at For The Wellness; and professional esports athletes from Team Razer. In addition to content and panel discussions, the campaign will also unlock one-on-one access to Razer’s partner experts through an appointment system where gamers can set up meetings with physical therapists, doctors, and other professionals that are tailored to their individual needs.
Several webinars and wellness workshops will also provide support to the community. A dedicated Razer Wellness Webinar slated for November 2021 will feature experts in the esports wellness industry and a Ritual Motion Webinar will provide tips and tricks for healthier gaming.
Ritual Motion’s mission to raise awareness and help educate players and parents on the mental and physical risks is a continued goal. In addition to Razer’s wellness campaign, Ritual Motion is also hosting its first-ever Ritual Motion Health and Wellness Summit on November 11. It’s a growing conversation that is starting to spread in the community.
“It is commendable that Razer, a leader in esports and the gaming industry, is stepping up to help shape the future of esports, and prepare and protect future esports generations,” says Liz Murphy, Chief Marketing Officer of Ritual Motion. “We are proud to be part of this commitment, to shed light on how an athlete can and should care for their health and body in this relentless pursuit for championship.”
For more information, visit Champions Start from Within.