eSports player retires aged 23

Why did one of China's most famous eSports players retire at the age of 23?
23 June 2020

Interview with 

Leigh Milner & Chris Berrow, Naked Gaming Podcast


A gamer at a computer


Can gaming harm your health?

Chris Berrow - Now here's one for you, Leigh. I think you'll find this quite interesting. China's most famous e-sports player. Jian Zi-Hao has officially retired from gaming at the age of 23. He says it's because of ill health. He's known as "Uzi" online as in the gun.

Leigh - How can you retire? At the age of 23?

Chris - He said that gaming was actually making him ill.

Leigh - You could eat rubbish, play games and then go for a run.

Chris - This is interesting because in November, in China, they actually banned gaming for under eighteens, from 10 at night to 8 in the morning. So you actually cannot game between those times. 

Leigh - It's an interesting issue, isn't it? Because we know some people who play games all the time, they don't leave their bedrooms. And I think it is about kind of getting that balance of kind of enjoying gaming. Um, but I say that, but some people I've met people who are very, very competitive and, and they win thousands of pounds through it. So you can see why they're so dedicated to it. But it's also, you've got to get out there. You've got to have that kind of balance.


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