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    After a wave of industry layoffs, careers in esports are looking less viable than ever

    Jacob Wolf is one of the world’s most decorated esports journalists. After getting hired as ESPN’s youngest-ever staff writer in 2016, he solidified his reputation by breaking earth-shaking stories, achieving the honor of Journalist of the Year at the 2018 Esports Awards. In any conversation about the top journalists in the space, Jacob Wolf’s name belongs in the mix.

    And yet Wolf has decided to exit the esports industry in favor of greener pastures. Monday was his first day in his new role as a solutions engineer for the newsletter platform Beehiiv. In the fallout of the gaming industries’ recent series of layoffs, Wolf is among a wave of industry workers who no longer view esports as a viable career path.

    “I still think gaming, as a whole, has a broader future,” Wolf said. “But I think there are some more nuanced issues with esports that make it very difficult to have sustainable revenue — which means it’s hard to have a sustainable career.”

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