OpTic Scump Claims He Has Hands Insured For Competitive Call of Duty
Ex-Call of Duty League (still feels weird saying ex) superstar Seth "Scump" Abner has revealed that for the last three years of his career, he had his hands insured in case of a threatening injury that would have ruled him out of competing.
Having career-threatening injuries is not an uncommon problem in esports. Even though it might not appear to be as physical as mainstream sports, injuries to esports athletes' hands, wrists, and eyes can quite often end careers early.
For elite athletes, protecting their body parts is necessary. Just as the likes of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have insured their legs, Scump had his hands protected with cash.
Scump Reveals His Hands Are Insured In Case Of Injury
Over in Call of Duty, we've already seen injuries happen with Thomas "Zoomaa" Paparatto, who was forced into early retirement because of a recurring hand injury, while Indervir "iLLeY" Dhaliwal sat out most of last season with a similar issue.
Talking on a recent podcast, Scump revealed to his former teammates that his hands are insured, and implored them to do the same.
"Of course, I have my hands insured," he began. "You should definitely get your insured too. Hypothetically, what if you're walking down the stairs, one bad step and boom your wrist is gone and you're out for the season, how are you getting paid? You have to cover your bases."
He also reflected on the iLLeY situation, adding, "Look at iLLeY. We hate to see a real-life example, especially when it hurts the team, but it's a perfect example. [The injury] came out of nowhere and it came on quickly. He's all good now, but imagine if he wasn't."
Scump Implored Ex-CDL Teammates To Perform Hand Nutrition
After detailing the hand insurance, the retired pro advised both Cuyler "Huke" Garland and Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro to start caring for their hands to prolong speed and competitiveness.
Methods such as ice baths to reduce inflammation and swelling after long events, massages, and weekly corrections should all be implemented to help them stay on top of their game and prevent cramps as their careers expand.
Other elite esports professionals such as Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok also have their hands insured, with the League of Legends dynamo having a whopping KR₩1 Billion ($833,600) buyout if anything was to threaten his career.