EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Nick Faldo, and Aaron Judge are among the many elite skilled athletes who’ve benefitted from working with a sports activities psychologist. Now some esports stars are catching onto the concept.

Canadian gross sales agent Syndicado has acquired worldwide rights to The Gamer, a documentary that revolves round Verneri “Bona” Junkala, a proficient 17-year-old CS:GO e-athlete whose aim is to be the very best in Finland. Bona all the time is available in second place in Counterstrike, nonetheless, till he begins working with world’s greatest esports psychologist, Mia. The movie directed by Finnish administrators Petri Luukkainen and Jesse Jokinen makes its world premiere on Sunday on the prestigious CPH:DOX pageant in Copenhagen, screening in Nordic:DOX competitors.

The classes with Mia set Junkala “on a path to self-discovery to not solely develop into a greater participant, however a greater individual,” in accordance with an outline of the movie. “Unexpectedly, one other participant and previous nemesis from the previous, involves take his place within the crew. The mentorship between the psychologist and Bona is in the important thing position, whereas he should work out steadiness the conflicts, burden of strain and his personal goals earlier than his skilled contract runs out.”

“We have been within the difficult mixture of self-reflection and efficiency orientation,” the administrators say of their movie. “In aggressive gaming, every little thing is penetrated by the expectations of success and what a participant is ready to produce to his crew and sponsors. What type of self-value can these younger players obtain or maintenance on this aggressive and money-driven atmosphere? Through Bona, we needed to seize the youth’s zeitgeist right here, an age of performance-driven self-help.”

The Gamer is produced by Liisa Karpo and Marianne Mäkelä for Finnish manufacturing firm napafilms in co-production with Erik Winker, Martin Roelly and Ümit Uludag for CORSO Film (Germany).

At CPH:DOX, Syndicado can be dealing with gross sales for Jesse McLean’s Dox:Award competitors entry Light Needs, concerning the inside life of houseplants, and Greta Stocklassa’s Blix not Bombs, within the working for the F:act Award, about diplomat and UN weapons inspector Hans Blix, for which Syndicado is also govt producer.

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