When it comes to choosing your career or your significant other, which would you choose? For pro gamer Alex “Xpecial” Chu, it’s a no-brainer: the games!
Chu told Business Insider:
“There is this theory that once you get a girlfriend, you start playing worse.
“It wasn’t true for every player, but we saw it with many players where they just got worse over time.”
Perhaps there’s truth in Chu’s theory? For centuries, pro boxers have been known to abstain from sexual activity during training, as they claim sleeping with their women makes them as vicious as sheeps come fight night. But is it the same for gamers?
According to Business Insider, Chu, among other pro gamers, formulated their “girlfriends-are- bad-for-gaming” theory based on the career of a gamer who once played for Counter Logic Gaming.
Back in 2011, this unnamed pro was at the top of his game, but once he started dating a girl he met via gaming, his ambition dropped and so did his performance. No longer gaming for Counter Logic, this former pro now streams his gaming on the website Twitch.
Whether it be lower testosterone levels or divided attention, professionals seem to understand and live by the old adage, “Where your heart is, there your treasure lies as well.” For most, their heart is at home, but for die-hard conquerors like Chu, nothing comes in between him and winning the $1 million World Championship with his budding gang, Team Liquid.
“This is a harsh thing to say [to a girlfriend], but it would be like, ‘I love you, but I can’t love you more than I love League of Legends.
I’m married to League of Legends essentially. I can’t do both. Girls will have to wait until later.”
As any motivated competitor would understand, nothing promises an edge over the opponent like preparation and training, and with Chu, every minute is accounted for. Chu and his team spend 14 hours a day honing their craft, almost doubling the standard work day. No wonder he doesn’t have a girlfriend — he doesn’t have time for one.
Should Chu give his future girl the devotion he’s given gaming, he’ll make one heck of a boyfriend.