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A student attends an esports management class at the Sichuan Film and Television University in Chengdu, China, in 2017.   © Reuters
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Life after esports: What happens when pro gamers hang up the joystick?

Lack of education and skills often makes finding a new career a challenge

SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

TOKYO -- The average retirement age for esports professionals, so the industry saying goes, is 25. That is when a gamer's reflexes begin to decline -- fatal for professional players of fast-paced genres like first-person shooting games. So what happens to a pro gamer when it is time to hang up the joystick? 

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