Record SwordArt deal is great ammunition for spending more time gaming


To those who don’t play them, conventional thinking is that video games are a colossal waste of time. Think of the things you could be doing instead of sitting in front of the computer playing PUBG, Overwatch, and League of Legends 21.5 hours a day. The short list includes learning to play guitar, perfecting your French cooking skills, or teaching your dog how to walk down to the food co-op on its hind legs. You could also spend an hour two ruminating over how SwordArt has just cashed in big time.

The Taiwanese esports athlete known to his former gym teacher as Hu Shuo-Chieh is headed to North America as the newest member of Team SoloMid. What’s really notable, however, is how team owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh lured him to this side of the pond.

There’s an old saying that money can’t buy you happiness. But what it can buy you is one of the greatest League of Legends players in the world.

SwordArt signed a two-year deal with TSM for an incredible US$6 million. Yes, you read that correctly. The gamer will be paid more than most National Hockey League players. Not to mention more than you and everyone you know will make over the course of the next two decades and possibly lifetime.

The US$6 million deal is a record-breaking figure in League of Legends history.

In announcing the deal on Twitter, TSM proudly hailed SwordArt as a six-time regional champion, and a 2020 Worlds finalist. It added the following: “We’ve faced him on the rift before, but now it’s time for him to lead us to victory.”

The 23-year-old is coming to a team that’s just lost rostered players Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng to retirement.

SwordArt a small investment

In an interview with the Washington Post, Dihn called the deal a “really small investment a decade down the road.”

And speaking of small investments that might pay off down the road, given the money that just transpired here, it might be a good time to up your gaming time per day from 21.5 hours to 23. You can sleep when you’re dead. And, if all the hard work pays off SwordArt-style, have the last laugh every time someone tells you that video games are a waste of time. Because SwordArt has just cashed in big time.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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