How to Quit Playing Video Games Right Now

I’m Cam.

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You might know who I am, you might not. Either way that doesn’t really matter.

What matters to you right now is what I have done and how it can help you.

I quit playing video games four years ago and haven’t touched one since. That’s 1,700+ days and counting!

Today I live life with purpose. I travel all around the world working from my laptop, I have a great group of friends, I’ve fallen in love and most of all, I’m happy.

But it hasn’t always been this way.

My life used to be a complete mess.

What I am about to show you is the exact step-by-step system I used to quit playing video games and start living a life I’m proud of.

The system is called Respawn.

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

You started gaming around 11 years old. StarCraft had just come out.

  • It was a fun way to spend time with friends and family.
  • It was a nice break from your schoolwork.
  • It pulled you in. If you’re like me, you joined a clan. Mine was called Shadow Knights.
  • You really loved playing video games, so you played more and more.
  • It was your passion. One game led to another. There was never a reason to stop.

Things at school weren’t going so well:

  • You found it hard to make friends and felt like an outcast.
  • You procrastinated on your homework and chose to game instead.
  • You were up late gaming and started to fall asleep in class.
  • You didn’t fit in. You got bullied and escaped online.

Gaming made you feel confident about yourself.

Your life had purpose. You were a gamer!

You started skipping class. Maybe you even drop out of school all together. School sucked anyways!

Nobody thinks they’ll become a high school dropout, living in their parents basement playing video games 16 hours a day.

But that’s exactly what happens.

You’re playing more and more and life is beginning to spiral out of control.

You notice your friends are getting ahead in life. They’re going off to college. They’re having fun. They’re dating and hooking up with girls.

Meanwhile, you’re falling behind. You’ve wasted another year.

You know you have so much more potential if you only had the motivation.

Things would be different if you quit…

But that’s scary.

If you quit you’d just be bored and lonely. You don’t want to lose all of your friends.

One day you decide enough is enough. You can’t continue to live your life this way.

I have decided that enough is enough. I’m sick of being home and wasting my life.

The truth is… this is my story. This was my life before I quit playing video games.

In October 2008 I decided to quit playing video games and went cold turkey.

At first I didn’t know what else to do. I didn’t enjoy other activities or have any goals, but over time that changed.

It wasn’t easy and I even relapsed once but I can sit here now and honestly say that my life has been transformed.

Here are a few highlights of what I’ve accomplished since I quit gaming:

  • I have my own business and work from my laptop anywhere in the world.
  • I’ve traveled to 22 countries, many of which I traveled to on my own, solo.
  • I’ve had the honor of giving two TEDx talks, a dream of mine! (200,000+ views!)
  • I learned how to DJ, it became a passion and I even performed in Prague.
  • I’ve fallen in love twice.
  • I’m surrounded by a great group of friends who inspire me. (When I first quit my only friends were fellow gamers who held me back.)
Friends and I out for dinner in NYC. Me DJing in Prague.

Left: Dinner with friends in NYC. Right: DJing in Prague.

More importantly, I’m happier than I’ve ever been, I’m proud of who I am and I wake up excited to be alive and live my life to the fullest.

I want you to know this is not to brag or impress you.

It’s to show you what’s possible.

There is a simple, repeatable method to overcome your gaming problem and start living a life you’re proud of.

And that’s what I’m going to show you today.

I promise that everything you hear, read or watch from me is 100% true.

I only speak from my own experience and strongly believe that before you take anyone’s advice you should decide whether they are someone who is living the type of life you want or not.

You are here because you are genuinely looking for help with your gaming problem.

Maybe you’ve tried to overcome it on your own or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you’re here because you want real results.

And that’s what I’m about.

Respawn is the culmination of not only my journey learning through trial and error but also the last four years of answering questions from gamers just like you.

When I finally had enough, I looked online for information and instead of help, I found a bunch of shitty advice like “study more” or “hang out with your friends.” As if any of that would actually work.

So in May 2011 I shared my story and the lessons I learned in an article called How to Quit Playing Video Games FOREVER.

And the article blew up! The response was truly incredible! (It has 1,538 comments to date.)

This made me realize there are so many more of us out there who are struggling with this problem. We are not alone.

And these comments are merely from the article itself. Things have only grown since my TEDx talk, Escaping Video Game Addiction (90,000+ views) and appearances on FOX, CW, and TV Asia.

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Time and time again I heard the same story: I want to quit playing video games, but I don’t know how. I want to but I can’t.

It’s common for people to debate whether you should play or not or whether games are good or bad. I don’t really care about those questions.

If you want to game, go ahead and game. I’m not here to tell you how to live your life.

But if you want to quit, and you can’t, you deserve support and resources to do so.

Nobody else seemed to be doing it so I launched Game Quitters for all of us.

I could have never imagined this would happen but what I want you to know is that I’ve spent thousands of hours interacting with gamers just like you and learning from their experiences too.

It isn’t easy to quit video games, especially if you don’t know the steps to take:

It’s not always easy to quit and you need to know a few key steps. In fact, I’ve identified five steps you need to take right now to quit playing games successfully:

  1. You need to know how to breakthrough the psychology that keeps you gaming.
  2. You need to know how to fill the void and avoid being bored.
  3. You need to know how to stop wasting your time and be more productive.
  4. You need to know how to deal with the urges and cravings that cause a relapse.
  5. You need to know the key mindsets to ensure your recovery is a success.

And I’ve put these five steps into an easy-to-read guide for you.

The guide is called Respawn.

It’s been five days since I stopped playing video games completely and I never intend to go back! It can be super hard at times, so Respawn and your videos are proving to be invaluable for guiding me in the right direction. – Jay M.

Reading Respawn was the best decision I have made in my life, honestly. – David

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Fundamentals
  • Chapter 2. Power Off
  • Chapter 3. Power On
  • Chapter 4. Fill the Void
  • Chapter 5. Control Your Time
  • Chapter 6. Control Your Body
  • Chapter 7. Conquer Your Mind
  • Chapter 8. Beyond Respawn

Respawn

Fourth edition: Revised November 2015
  • 76 page PDF
  • 20 Worksheets
  • Email Support
New Section
Beat Your Urges and Cravings

A new section on how to beat your urges and cravings to avoid a relapse. Includes: triggers to watch out for and bonus cheatsheet.

New!

Respawn Video Course

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Video 1

How to Quit Playing Video Games in 5 Minutes

Length 7:07

Learn the proven framework for how to quit playing video games forever and the four main reasons why you play.

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Video 2

Prepare for Success

Length 9:54

As you begin your journey to quit playing video games I have important recommendations to help you succeed and avoid a relapse.

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Video 3

Breakthrough the Barrier that Keeps You Gaming

Length 8:12

Learn how gaming influences your psychology through cognitive biases and breakthrough the barrier by completing step one of our system.

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Video 4

The New You

Length 7:30

When you remove games from your life, you also remove a major source of your identity. Learn what you need to do about it.

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Video 5

How to Avoid Boredom and Find New Hobbies

Length 11:21

Now that you’ve quit gaming, I don’t want you to sit around and be bored all day long. Avoid that in step two of our system.

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Video 6

How to Stop Wasting Your Time and Be More Productive

Length 14:41

Gaming was a way for you to escape and procrastinate on living the type of life you wanted. Step three will give you strategies to change that.

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Video 7

How to Increase Your Energy and Improve Your Mood

Length 10:26

When you quit playing video games you will experience a shift in how you feel. Step four is important to overcome that.

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Video 8

Beat Your Urges and Cravings to Avoid a Relapse

Length 8:49

Your brain loves gaming and after you quit you will experience urges and cravings to play. Here’s how to avoid a relapse.

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Video 9

How to Succeed Today… and Tomorrow

Length 12:25

Tactics are great but without the proper mindsets none of it will matter. Step five will teach you the mindsets you need to succeed in your recovery.

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Video 10

What to Expect

Length 13:16

After you quit there are seven things to expect, along with other common obstacles you will run into. This lesson will prepare you ahead of time.

To recap, here is exactly what you will learn:

  • The proven five step system to quit playing video games right now
  • How to breakthrough the psychological barriers that keep you gaming
  • How to fill the void by finding new hobbies
  • The three types of activities you need to avoid boredom
  • How to (finally) stop wasting your time and be more productive
  • How to overcome changes to your physiology like depression and anxiety
  • How to beat your urges and cravings to avoid a relapse
  • The key mindsets you need to successfully complete your 90 day detox
  • What to expect after you quit gaming, including common obstacles you will run into
  • How to take control of your life back and start living your life to the fullest
  • And so much more. This is my best work.

Respawn is the ultimate guide to quit playing video games, right now.

Cam your guide is really really helpful and your site is amazing. Thanks!!! – Bryan

Bonus #1: Respawn Workbook

20 actionable worksheets to implement what you learn (PDF)

Easy to follow exercises

Beautifully designed

Free!

Bonus #2: Private community

Access to the private community for extra support

Meet likeminded people

Make new friends

Free!

Bonus #3: Priority Email Support

Have a question? Get an answer from me personally

1 on 1 attention

Answer within 24 hours

Free!

PLUS, learn from these Game Quitters:

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MEET CAM HEATHMAN:

aka Otter Point

  • Before: Gamed 8+ hours a day
  • Today: Signed music producer and DJ
  • Tags: Finding passion, Music Production
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MEET BRIAN MARK:

Founder of Aesthetic Nation

  • Before: Procrastinating on the couch
  • Today: Professional body builder
  • I didn’t even know what I wanted. I lacked purpose.

  • Tags: Finding purpose, Goals, Health & Fitness
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MEET MATT CHOW:

Founder, AddictionFix

  • Before: Isolated, desire of friendship
  • Today: Confident, making connections
  • I just wasted an entire four hours after work, when I could have gone out on a date. I did this for a year!

  • Tags: Social Skills, Making Connections

These case studies and more, available to you for free:

  • Calvin Johanssen (Filmmaker) on building new habits and accomplishing goals
  • John King on overcoming gaming in college, starting his own business and traveling
  • Chris Glavich on quitting games, overcoming fear and launching your own business
  • Clayon Elliott on overcoming addiction, finding new friends and developing courage
  • Patrick Bukala on life after gaming, travel and entrepreneurship
  • Ed Trigger on finding new passions using projects after you quit gaming

I checked out Respawn last night, really great advice in there, I’ll definitely be using the steps. It’s good to find something like this that doesn’t sound too preachy or judgmental. – Christopher

My mission with Game Quitters is to create the ultimate platform for those who want to quit playing video games and live their life to the fullest. And when I say I want it to be the ultimate platform, I really mean it.

You have a second chance. Will you take it?

How much longer are you going to continue to game? How many more relapses will it take for you to truly commit to the process?

I’m sick of playing video games. I’m burnt out. Maybe that’s just what happens when you literally don’t know what it’s like to NOT live without them. – Ryan

I know it’s not easy, I’ve been there. The fact that it’s not easy is exactly why I work full-time on building Game Quitters to be the ultimate platform for gamers just like you.

I want you to have the best support possible.

Game Quitters is the legacy I want to leave the world.

Is Respawn free?

No. And here’s why: because I value myself and the work I do. This is important work and I dedicate my full-time efforts to it. Right now it’s 6pm on a Saturday, and I’m at a coffee shop in Boulder, Colorado working on Game Quitters to be the best it can be.

“Invest in as much of yourself as you can, you are your own biggest asset by far.” – Warren Buffett

“Invest in as much of yourself as you can, you are your own biggest asset by far.” – Warren Buffett

The more time I have to invest in Game Quitters, the more it can grow and the greater impact it can have. I’m excited to grow the team here at Game Quitters in the future.

My mission goes far behind just helping you quit playing video games. I want to help you live a meaningful life, and one of the first steps you need to take to do that is to start valuing who you are.

One way to value who you are is to invest in yourself.

The last few years I’ve invested thousands of dollars in myself. I’ve read 68 books, I’ve attended 15+ events and conferences and I’m even working with a coach right now for $10,000.

If you want to get better results in your life, you need to start investing in your success.

The truth is: you were committed to gaming. Not just in the thousands of hours you played but also in the thousands of dollars you spent purchasing games, consoles and building your “ultimate gaming rig.”

Here are just a handful of examples:

$2000 (college student), not including the $ for games.

I’ve spent $200 in the past month on this game trying to get better players.

Spent about $3500 plus in in-app purchases on a single game.

With the severance money they gave me I spent over $2000 of it on a brand spankin’ new, top of the line, dream gaming machine.

I have spent over $6000 on video games and related items, to the point where I couldn’t afford an Easter egg to give my girlfriend on Easter.

So let’s be real, you’ve spent a lot of money on gaming. If you can afford to spend all of that money on gaming, you can easily afford Respawn.

The truth is, if I gave you Respawn for free, you wouldn’t take it seriously. That’s just human psychology. By investing in Respawn you are investing in your success.

“I’ve spend hundreds of dollars over the years in video games. The least I could do is shell out a few bucks for some good guides on how to stop, which I did.”

Game Quitters is about more than making money. Yes, your purchase does support my ability to work on building Game Quitters full-time, and to continue producing all of the free content I provide like my YouTube videos and articles online.

By supporting Game Quitters you improve our ability to reach more gamers just like you, who are out there right now struggling in silence. By purchasing Respawn, you improve our ability to provide more support to help them succeed in their recovery.

This movement is bigger than all of us.

Together we get to make a difference.

The value of what you’re doing cannot be described in dollars. – Jay

Here’s how it works:

Below you will find two different packages to choose from, Basic and Elite. Once you choose the package that suits you best, you will click the “Buy Now” button and the page will be redirected to Paypal. Paypal is secure and accepts both credit and debit cards. You do not need a Paypal account to make the purchase.

Once your payment is complete, you will be redirected to the member registration page to choose a username and password for your account. You will then be redirected to the Members Lounge where you have immediate access to Respawn, including the bonuses you have selected.

90daymoneybackAll of this comes with a full 90 days money back guarantee.

If you’re not happy with Respawn all you have to do is send me an email and I will refund you immediately. No questions asked for 90 days.

Game Quitters is about more than making money, so if for any reason at all you aren’t happy with Respawn, please email me and I will give you your money back. And I will give you the full length of the detox, 90 days, to do it.

I do this work because I genuinely care about what you’re going through, because I actually know what you’re going through.

I went through it too.

So I want to recognize you for taking this step for yourself. I know it’s not easy and the thought of your life without games is scary.

But the fact that you are reading this page right now shows how much courage you have to acknowledge you have a problem and need help to solve it.

You are not alone and we can do it together. I have your back.

This have been the longest time I’ve been off games since high school! I’m getting enormous value/dollar ratio from buying Respawn and I know many other people have benefited from this website and its programs. – LilChen

Choose your package below and Respawn will be available to you immediately:

Respawn Elite: Videos + eBook

  • 10 video lessons (MP4)
  • 1 hour and 47 minutes total length
  • Audio files (MP3) & Transcripts (PDF)
  • Fourth edition ebook (76 page PDF)
  • Respawn Workbook (PDF)
  • Access to private community
  • Priority email support
  • 10 expert interviews (MP3)
  • Full money back guarantee

$47

Join 759 others who have quit gaming with Respawn

Respawn Basic: eBook Only

Fourth edition ebook (76 page PDF) with the new, extremely important section on Beating Your Urges and Cravings to Avoid a Relapse.

Respawn Workbook (PDF)

Access to private community

Full money back guarantee

$27

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Frequently Asked Questions:

[Serious] Is this a scam?

I know as a gamer you are naturally skeptical, especially when it comes to anything that proclaims to help you live a better life.

I get it. You may have been ripped off before or purchased something that promised the world and didn’t deliver.

For many of you, this experience likely happened in the “PUA” community. As gamers you’re naturally more intelligent, and you were drawn to the PUA community because you wanted to improve your dating life.

I get it because I did the same. That community appeals to our analytical mind.

Now, I don’t know you or what your experience has been, whether you were ripped off in the PUA community or disappointed in some other way, but I want to make it very clear, I am not here to scam you.

“But anybody can say that.”

Of course, that’s true. What I can show you is the action I’ve taken the last four years.

If you want to see whether I genuinely care about helping people with this issue or not, I’d encourage you to read the comments section of “How to Quit Playing Video Games FOREVER,” the original article I wrote on this subject back in May 2011.

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Responding to emails and comments in Thailand!

I have replied to every comment over the last four years, three years of which Game Quitters did not exist and I had no product to offer anybody.

Yes, that’s three years of responding to comments for free.

I would also encourage you to read the 1,134 posts (to date) I’ve shared on the Game Quitters Forum. or read my post history on the subreddit, StopGaming, where I do my best to respond to 80% of new threads.

Is Respawn a scam? Absolutely not. I can let my actions speak for me here.

Responding to comments takes a lot of my time and energy, but I do this work because I genuinely care to help people (you) with this issue. By purchasing Respawn, you support my ability to continue to do this work while also improving our ability to reach more gamers just like you.

We believe in transparency and share monthly progress reports (including exact revenues and expenses) here.

I’m not here to promise you the world. One thing I’ve learned over the last four years of not gaming is that you get out of life what you put in. If you purchase Respawn and then sit on your couch all day, it’s not going to change your life.

But I have also seen, not only in my life but in the lives of guys just like you who have purchased Respawn, that if you follow the steps I outline, they really do work. The testimonials you see throughout this page were not solicited, they are authentic voices of those who have gone through the program.

What I can promise you is this: You will learn a proven step-by-step system to quit playing video games, including the psychology behind why you play, how to fill the void with new activities, how to be more productive and how to avoid a relapse.

You will also learn what to expect after you quit gaming and how to not only survive your 90 day detox, but how to thrive during it and much more. The Workbook is there to help you with exercises intentionally designed to ensure you know exactly how to implement what you learn.

I have your back and so does the rest of the community.

Respawn comes with a full “no questions asked” 90 days money back guarantee. If for any reason whatsoever you are not happy with Respawn, simply email me within 90 days and I will refund your money immediately.

I want my life to have purpose. I want it to have drive. And I’m ready to take it back. I’m ready to implement these things that I’ve wanted to do for so long back into my life to grow into the strongest, happiest version of myself. Grinding out the Terran ladder, planting virtual bombs, and slaying demons over and over isn’t what’s going to get me there. – Ryan

Choose your package below and Respawn will be available to you immediately.

Join 759 others who have quit gaming with Respawn:

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  • 10 video lessons
  • Priority email support
  • Fourth edition ebook
  • Respawn Workbook
  • 10 expert interviews
  • Access to private community
  • Full money back guarantee
  • $27

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Elite

  • 10 video lessons
  • Priority email support
  • Fourth edition ebook
  • Respawn Workbook
  • 10 expert interviews
  • Access to private community
  • Full money back guarantee
  • $47

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