The Gaming industry has evolved substantially over the past few decades, moving from a pass-time to a fully-fledged career option for pro gamers. By 2017, Esports had a prize pool of over $110 million and is projected to hit the $1.5 billion mark by the close of 2020 (Source: Esports earnings)
So what does Pro gaming entail? How do you get to join the elite squad of gamers using all the best equipment and sitting on the secret lab chair throne gaming chairs? It won’t be easy, obviously, but perhaps these few steps will help you figure out where to start.
Like any sport, mastering video games will require lots of practice. It will take up a lot of your time, and it will perhaps ruin your social life. No matter. Once you get the hang of it, and you get into the big league, then it will all be worth it.
Note that it is not just about playing 12 hours a day, it’s about finding people who are better at whichever game you are good at, and playing against them. You will lose, most times, that’s where persistence comes in. The more you lose, the more you learn, and the more you adapt.
Be Target Specific
Acknowledge the fact that you can’t be good at every game you play. So pick one, or two if you’re big on adventure. Focusing your efforts will help you find a niche. Bear in mind that this is a hyper-competitive field, so just being ‘good’ at a game won’t cut it, you have to be exceptional.
Once you’ve found a game that fits your talent, then you need to start putting in the work.
Choose a Platform
Online gaming is nothing if not diverse. An expert in Nintendo Wii can have a tough time trying to adapt to XBOX or PlayStation. Here is where you need to establish which of these gaming platforms suits you. Are you more comfortable using a controller? Or are you more familiar with a mouse or keyboard?
Note that certain games may be available on PC and not on PlayStation. So you have to do a bit of research before you choose what to focus on.
Research Popular Techniques and Tactics
Many Pro Players who’ve won major tournaments post content online on skills that they’ve learned over the years. YouTube videos and tutorials are a great way to get practical strategies and techniques. Every game you play is about tactics, so the more familiar you are with PRO gameplay, the more likely you are to join the ranks of Pro Gamers.
If you can, find real-time links to professional online tournaments, or even reruns, and try focusing on the best players. Watch how they play, tactics and strategy, then try to develop your own style.
Pro gaming is an investment, it takes time and resources. Without the right kind of equipment, you might as well be feeling around in the dark. If you’re a Call of Duty or Fortnite fan, then sound and picture quality are the most important qualities. Which means you’ll need a decent pair of headsets to help you pinpoint the exact location of your enemies and a clear monitor that isn’t pixelated.
High-end joy pads also improve reaction time, while mechanical keyboards are a dab hand at improving accuracy while you play. To go pro requires Pro-type gear.
Compete In Online Tournaments
Once you’ve established a good run of form playing against other skilled opponents, try to enter tournaments online. This is the best way to gauge your progress. Remember, it is an investment, so you may have to pay some fee to enter.
Don’t expect to win straight off the bat, being a pro is a learning curve, so you may get a few disappointments before you start seeing results-patience and persistence are key here.
Going Pro is an expensive process, and most players typically have to demonstrate that they are a worthy investment for the firms they seek to represent. This may be anything from a physical presentation at the firm, to a good run of results in major tournaments. Either way, getting a sponsor to back your claim is the best way to help you build your brand and online profile.
Lastly, try to learn as much as you can from the competition, especially the ability to remain calm under pressure-Good Luck!