Playing in eSport tournaments can be a lot of fun, but not just anyone can become a professional gamer and start competing. As with most things, it takes so much more than just deciding I want to play video games all day and make money while doing so.
If you are seriously considering becoming a pro gamer so you can compete in tournaments and become part of the eSport scene, you need to follow these steps.
Decide and Commit
The decision shouldn’t be fleeting and based on that one game you played well. Getting to the pros will take a lot of hard work and dedication, so when you decide, you need to make it stick.
Choose Your Game
It is best to choose one of the games that are already well-known and played in tournaments. Games like Dota 2, League of Legends, Counter-Strike, and Fortnite are well-established in the eSports world and some even have their own championship leagues and tournaments.
Update Your Gear
To practice well and play well, you need the best equipment. Make sure that all your gaming gear will help you get better and not stop you from reaching your goals. Update your gear to suit your style and make you as comfortable as possible.
Practice and Refine Your Skills
Professional gamers practice anything from 40 to 50 hours per week, and sometimes even more. Training to become the best is a full-time job. You have to be willing and able to put in the hours to sharpen your skills and get to know the game you chose inside and out.
Join the Community and Network
To be able to play in the pros, people need to know about you. Join the game forums and chat rooms and connect with people. These forums will also help you get a feel for the culture and you will likely also learn a few tips and tricks.
Join a Team
The next step is to join an eSports team with whom you will start competing. This is also why networking is important because teams may approach you if you are really good or they will at least know you and how you play when you approach them to join.
Keep at It
Once you get to the point where you are regularly competing with your team, it is important to keep practising and honing those skills. If you are a truly great gamer, you will start winning tournaments and getting sponsorships.
Once you get to the last step, you will be ready to live the professional gamer lifestyle. If you still want to become a professional gamer and think you can do it after reading this, we wish you the best of luck!