Dominican Juan “Dimeri” Hernandez, the Latin American League of Legends (LLA) New Year’s Award winner, has confirmed that “players” in his country lack the confidence to succeed in the video game.
Dominicans lack confidence in themselves to succeed as professionals in League of Legends. The majority, and justifiably so, are pessimistic because we live in a country where there is a lot of poverty and less opportunity. They do not want to risk their future and prefer to study.
The 19-year-old Forest considered that another factor slowing down the Dominicans’ access to the LLA, the ultimate in League of Legends region competition, was parents’ lack of understanding.
“Many very good players who intend to be professionals, have stopped playing League of Legends because their parents did not approve, and they did not see it as real business,” he said.
Dimitri revealed that in his case, he spoke with his parents and explained that a good LLA player can earn between $40,000 and $50,000 per tournament and that if he signs with a US team the figure will rise to $400,000.
“From the moment I told them about it, they stopped seeing it as a game and saw it as something similar to a sport like basketball, baseball, or football,” he recalls.
The XTEN Esports player in the last Clausura of 2021 from the LLA described the Dominican “player” in League of Legends as “disrespectful and has a lot of ego”.
Hernandez admitted that Riot Games, the creator of League of Legends, had forgotten about the Dominican Republic by leaving it without a second division like Mexico or Argentina.
The Dominican Republic would have been one of the major countries in exporting talent to LLA had they had a league from the start. The players said they quit playing because they couldn’t find a way to survive the match.
Since this year, Riot Games has been promoting the Tempest League, a second category that includes Central American and Caribbean nations.
“With the storm you will see a lot of players. The league is still very low-key compared to the rest because it is new and some are three years old, but there is a lot of talent behind it.
Dimitri said that among his plans in 2022 were to leave XTEN, as he did not feel comfortable, sign with a high-quality team at LLA or immigrate to the United States with a second-tier team.
If I stay in LLA, my goal is to be a two-time champion and be the best Latin player. I want to go to the World Cup and represent the region.