However, we consider the above-named problems to be character forming (what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger!).
But there are advantages too!
South Africa has a wonderful piece of legislation called the Sports and Recreation Act, number 110 of 1998.
This Act makes government recognition of sports and sporting bodies almost automatic as long as the criteria are met.
Thus in South Africa, the national association called Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) came into being in order to fight for accreditation for various types of gaming. Obviously there was resistance from the status quo, but through dogged perseverance over a six-year period, the establishment finally caved in and gave the recognition that was being requested.
That of course meant that MSSA was dragged in to all the political issues of the time. The issues were obviously to do with apartheid and the abolishment of the same. It should be noted that MSSA was even present at the meeting featured in the film 'INVICTUS' wherein President Nelson Mandela had to personally intervene in order to allow the national rugby federation to keep the 'Springbok' logo.
Thus eSports in South Africa enjoys the full benefits of being a fully accredited sport as much as what rugby, swimming, football, and tennis are considered to be.
And, there are many benefits to being seen as a fully accredited sport.
So while there are few competitions that can support sustainable prize money, gamers are offered a huge incentive to win awards that will give them the opportunity of studying further. Thus the MSSA is able to create systems that lead to more than just gaming, but to careers that can ensure the long-term sustainability of gaming in South Africa.
The formal accreditation also allows MSSA to unlock access to the National Lottery.
The lottery funding thus is a huge benefit for those clubs that are doing things within the legal framework, while those clubs that barely pay lip service to what is legal cannot, and do not, get a 'look-in'. Of course anyone in the gaming industry is well aware that it is those who are the least compliant who are often the most vocal.
But without doubt, the most important development is the actual formation of MSSA itself. Through having a democratic institution to which the member clubs are affiliated, each and every gamer is able to have a say on what is done, how it is done, and who does it.
It is only through such a type of association that the gamer really can make him/herself heard in a forum in which decisions are taken. It is through this type of structure that the gamer can take control over their own futures and help push gaming in the direction that they want to see it go.