Do you want to get paid to play your favorite game all day? With a growing number of e-sports tournaments rewarding amazing prize pools, it’s not a surprise that many gamers are interested in playing video games at a professional level.
However, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Below we’ve put together a list of 7 tips for becoming a professional gamer. Let’s check them out.
- What Are Your Reasons?
Like with anything in life, it’s essential to play e-sports for the right reasons. You need to ask yourself: why do you want to be an e-sport gamer? Is it because it’s your passion? Or is it for the money and fame? As cheesy as it may sound, players who are doing it for the money, fame, and success tend to burn out before becoming a pro. Positive motivation is what keeps players engaged in the long term.
- Pick Your Game
Instead of becoming the ‘jack of all trades’, we recommend that you hone your skills one game at a time. This will help you stay focused, motivated, and you’ll be more effective at learning all the shortcuts, strategies, and codes. Once you’ve mastered your skills in a particular game, you can then move your focus to a new one.
You must choose a game that embodies your interests and personalities, after all, you will be playing a lot of it.
3. Join the Gaming Community
Pro gaming may seem like it’s only about individual talent, but it’s also about the game’s culture. It’s highly recommended that you spend some time on forums where players gather to network with each other to keep track of the evolving meta.
In these communities, you can also give advice and practice with other players while learning, which will help you get the competitive juices flowing. Plus, being part of a community that shares the same passion as you serves as a powerful motivation.
Some great communities include NeoGAF and Patient Gamers.
- Gear Up
Along with honing your strategy skills, it’s equally important to invest in the best gear. Whether you’re gaming on a console or your PC, you’ll need an excellent mechanical keyboard, mouse, monitor, processor, and storage space. They all need to work in sync to keep up with you and allow you to be the best version of yourself during games.
Furthermore, it’s a good idea to practice with the same equipment you’ll use on days of actual tournaments. Familiarity with your gears makes the transition easier on days when pressure and nerves come into play.
To get some ideas, read what some e-sports pros said about the gaming gears they use.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
If you think that you’re good, there are other players out there who are equally good or better than you, and if you want to win, you have to practice hard. If you’re not up to scratch, you will lose subscribers, views, donations, and ad revenue.
A great way to improve your skill sets is to play with those who are a few levels above you. This will test your limits and allow you to understand what’s required to get to the next step. After every game you play, you can watch replays and learn from your mistakes.
Another great idea to improve your game is to watch other streamers and professional competitions to pick up essential tips and tricks to master your game.
While we’re encouraging you to practice consistently, it’s equally important to rest to avoid burnout. Stay balanced!
- Build a Team
There will be instances in which you’ll need a team to win a game. Therefore, the next step in your journey to becoming a professional gamer is to create or join an existing team.
Playing with players with different skill sets will sharpen your knowledge, spark your competitive side while improving your coordination skills. Working with a team is a valuable experience.
- Get Noticed
Nobody is going to know about you unless you get yourself heard. There are several ways to grow your profile online:
- Build an online gaming community on streaming services like YouTube Gaming, Twitch, and social media platforms to boost your viewing audience.
- Remain active on gaming forums and blogs and interact with other gamers regularly.
- Follow the biggest gamers.
- Create video tutorials, controller guides, instructions, and more.
As a result, the reputation you build will lead you to receive invitations to join more competitive channels. Remember to keep and grow your streaming audience.
Are you ready?
The e-sports industry is growing rapidly, and although it is a very competitive sector, you can turn your dream into reality if you develop your social skills, enhance your knowledge of the game, practice, and dedicate time.
See you on the battlefield.