Strawberry Farming Proves an Irresistible Lure Away from Gaming for Ex-Overwatch Pro Dafran

Sometimes there's such a thing as having too much times on your hands

At what point does too much of a good thing become a curse instead of a blessing? And when it does, do you continue to gorge yourself or take steps towards a more balanced life?

That question is relevant today with news from Denmark’s Daniel “Dafran” Francesca that he’s done being one of the world’s most recognized ESports streamers.

You may know the 26-year-old as a former Overwatch pro who rose to prominence in 2017, as competitive play for the game started to become a serious thing.

In recent months, he joined the likes of Jay “Sinatraa” Won and Ryan “Freakazoid“ Abadir in the ranks of players who’ve left the games that made them famous for a fresh start in Riot Games’ new, much-hyped first-person shooter VALORANT.

In the first half of this year, Dafran has had more time than usual to improve his already formidable gaming skills. One of the few great things about the COVID-19 pandemic is that no one has to feel guilty about sitting in front of a screen all day instead of going for a walk or hanging out with friends at the coffee shop.

But, despite that, he’s evidently had enough of VALORANT, ESports, and being chained to a computer. In a statement to his fans on TwitLonger, Dafran announced he’s quitting streaming.

That’s perhaps no surprise. Dafran has at times had a difficult relationship with gaming. In 2017 he was suspended from Blizzard-sanctioned competitive events for throwing games. He later explained that he was attempting to get out of pro Overwatch because it was making him bored and depressed.

With his TwitLonger post, Dafran said that he’s decided to walk away from streaming for a career in “farming.”. Yes, you’ve read that right.

Here’s the statement, headlined “The new chapter!”:

My friends! From the bottom of my heart, thanks for all the incredible years and unforgettable memorys.

It is time for a new chapter in my life.

I am going to be starting on an education, that has to do with growing fruits, vegetables and etc.

The biggest 2 reasons of why I am doing this:

  1. We only have 1 life to live, do what makes you happy
  2. I have already spent 1/3 of my life infront of the computer

I am not going to stream regularly anymore. This is not the end completely though, I will still stream for fun but rarely

The news won’t come as a complete shock to anyone who’s followed every second of his career. In May, while playing Overwatch on Twitch, he mused about retiring and starting a new life as a strawberry-farm owner, asking, “Can you imagine waking up to that every day? Oh my God, that would be fucking amazing.”

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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