The end of TI7 does, for me, not only mark the end of the Dota 2 year. It also marks the end of my stint as Editor in Chief for LiquidDota. After close to 3 years of running the site its time for me to step down and let someone else take over. There isn't a single reason for me stepping down, but rather a lot of small ones. The two biggest of these small reasons are a lack of inspiration and that I feel like I've reached the age where I need to make a career choice. Being EiC of LiquidDota isn't going to become a full time gig anytime soon and even if it did I don't think I could make enough money to do what I want to do in life. It was in no way an easy descision. I think the site has been doing better and better under my care, and stepping away from something that you've invested this much time in is extremely hard.
During my years here we've changed a lot of things behind the scenes and I'd like to thank everyone that's been staff on the site. I won't name names because I don't want to forget anyone, but thank you all so much. No matter if you were with me for just a few months or if you've been with me for the entire journey. I've always had a staff that isn't afraid to challange my opinions and assumptions. And I treasure that, even if I don't always agree/follow your advice. I truely feel like I've grown as a person while working with you all. Unfortunately I haven't been able to get as close to everyone as I would've liked to. You guys rock and never cease to amaze me. Please keep on doing that with tehh4ck3r at the helm.
While I said I didn't want to name anyone I'm going to name one person: Plexa. He, and Nazgul, took a huge chance in me back when. In my first blog I described how I came to be EiC (last four paragraphs). I was a guy who had done some work for Liquipedia for a short period in time. That's it. I had never talked to Plexa before this and I don't know what came over him but I'll be forever greatful for the opportunity. It's been a hell of a ride and that you didn't fire me after 2 months is beyond me!
So here I am. About the click the "Yes"-button to close Dota 2. I won't stop playing the game and I won't leave the site. But in a way this feels like the end. Since I was in my early teens I've wanted to work in esports, but in esports today you need to be multi-talented. You need to be the complete package. And I'm not. So instead of chasing a dream that I will probably never fullfill I will set my sights on other goals and succeed there. I want to be clear: I don't see this as a failure, I gave it a shot and reached as high as I could.
So this is where I'm supposed to end the blog by saying something profound, right? Well I don't really have anything like that to share right now. Instead I'm gonna ask all my readers to be nice. One of the biggest reasons why I love esports is how accessible the players are. They stream on twitch, they interact with fans on twitter and other social media. That'd never happen in traditional sports. But instead of embracing this we, as a community, are driving the players away. Sure I might've called players terrible in a private chat but seeing the negativity in threads all around the internet really makes me understand why more and more players choose not to interact with the community as much as they used to. So be nice. You might not be the biggest problem, but think of what you say and realize that the players are human beings too.
So again: thank you to everyone who helped me get here in any way, shape, or form. I could never express my gratitude in words.