[translation]iG’s VP telling the story of Baolan’s one day FA
iG’s vice president Mintyblue told the story about why Baolan decideds to leave and why he was back for another three years after one night, link is: https://www.weibo.com/1652761775/H52JH2wVu
A lot of people were probably surprised by Baolan’s post yesterday. It was a surprise for us and the org too. The signing process was always kept in secret previous times, due to the special occasion this time, after talking to little Bao, I’m gonna tell the story this time, of how it went down.
All the contract renewings of the league players in our org, Boss Wang personally participated a large portion of it. Baolan’s pay and benefits were settled down by Boss Wang himself, so when he posted that weibo yesterday, we were all caught off guard.
I was informed by Xiaoluo(team manager) that Baolan posted his leave on weibo. Later afternoon, everyone in the team was surrounding him, comforting and encouraging him, expressing their concern and hoping he’d stay, talking from their own perspectives. I feel like little Bao has something he didn’t express well in his post, so I asked Wang Sicong to join me to have a face to face conversation with little Bao in the evening.
That night, Baolan opened him up to us, speaking from deep of his heart, and expressed his goal in his career.
Baolan has always thought that for a player, the most important thing is result. In his life as a pro player, he often sees a portion of fans don’t give him recognition. He thought after the team won Worlds, the discrimination against him would go away. But recently he saw nothing is changing, which made him very disappointed, so he thought maybe a different environment would help.
After hearing all these, Boss Wang engaged in a long conversation with him. Boss Wang told him, a person can never be appreciated by everyone, no matter how great you are doing. A lot of times we don’t need to give a crap about what those who know nothing about what’s going are saying, the most important part is do your own thing. He also told Baolan how important he values him and appreciates him, ever since he started to play MOBA games, he realized this is a team game, everyone matters. Baolan is an important part of the team. If he left, it’s not only a huge loss to our org, it’s also a regret and missing to us who’ve just won. Boss Wang appreciates him a lot.
After figuring out what little Bao was thinking about in his mind, the atmosphere of our conversation turned lighter. We talked all night, little Bao slowly opened the knot in his heart. He asks Boss Wang at the end: “Boss, do you see me as an important part of the team? If you say yes, I can sign right now.” Boss says of course, and he always is. After hearing this, Baolan instantly says he’s willing to renew his contract with the team, and for three more years.
Boss actually told me before, Baolan was a delight and very decisive during his talk of renewing contract, this is the professionalism in him. One detail struck me the most is that Baolan didn’t talk about money the whole time yesterday, this is something I’ve never seen in contract negotiation. On contrary, the word popped up multiply times in our conversation is appreciation, he wants to get appreciation from his teammates, his org, his boss, his fans. He told me he’s ok with mediocre pay, he’s not gonna starve to death in today’s society, appreciation and recognition is what he pursues the most in his pro life. So hereby I want those who’s making little Bao’s life miserable can understand his mind process, don’t say some baseless things to hurt sensitive Baolan. Also I want to say to those click-bait-writing so called self-media outlets: you’re the trash among trash, literally.
Little Bao told me on our way back that originally he wanted to go is because he didn’t find appreciation, he wants to be appreciated, he tried really hard, but after won the championship, he feels like he’s still not getting what he want. After today, he’s certain that his teammates, staffs in the org and the boss himself all appreciated him, so he choose to sign for another three years, he wants to spend his whole pro life in iG. This is word by word what little Bao said, I’m very moved, I also know what this meant, I hope our org can accompany him on his very bight future in pro gaming, hope he can wear iG his whole pro life.
I think sometimes people don’t understand how words can hurt people, and how toxic it is to live a life without appreciation. Think twice before you talk.