Gaming has evolved from awesome interactive entertainment into a viable way of making money. Tournaments, events, sponsorships and live streaming have created a new breed of gamer; the super talented and always dedicated ‘pro’ gaming guru.
Age is of no consequence in a vibrant and growing community of global gaming aces. Pro gamers of all ages are banking real money playing the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mass Effect Andromeda and Horizon Zero Dawn… day in and day out.
Shared Elements of All Categories of Gaming
Tactics and strategy are as import to pro gamers as they are to the high stakes gamblers who wager on the live dealer tables online or at the B&M casinos in Vegas, Atlantic City, London and Paris. Learning to decipher player tells, body language and gaming style can determine who wins and who’s left crushed and defeated at the end of the round.
Practising particular games and manoeuvres and understanding that losing is part of the job are other elements shared across all categories of gaming, from vintage casino games to single shooters and real time strategy (RTS) games!
The question is: how to become a pro gamer?
1. Choose Your Game or Genre
Focussing your attention on a particular video game or genre is key to success. Choose the game or gaming category you really love and are naturally skilled at playing. You’ll seldom find a professional poker player who also plays blackjack, baccarat or roulette for a living. Apply the same rationale to your pro gaming career and the odds are you’ll become sufficiently accomplished so as to give up your day job.If you don’t have a hot favourite, base your choice on pure economics. In other words, specialise in the gaming genre that pays out the most in terms of prize money. In the world of eSports, multiplayer online battle arenas or MOBAs, such as Paragon, DOTA2 and League of Legends, deliver the big bucks.
On the flip side, fighting games may have an active community and be your first love but the associated payouts are pretty paltry in comparison with the other gaming genres. As a result, you may have to put Brawlout and Injustice 2 on the back burner and opt for first person shooters or RTS instead.
2. Practice Ad Nauseum
If you want to earn enough money to support your lifestyle, you have to put a lot of work into becoming the very best pro gamer around. That means practising up to seven or eight hours a day, every day. Hone in on the actions you struggle with and do them over and over again. In the heat of competition, you will have to make split second decisions and pull off hundreds of actions a minute with absolute precision, agility and speed.
3. Get to Know the Opposition
Learn all you can about the gamers or gamers you’ll be up against. Check out their live streams, try and discern whether there is a pattern in their play and be sure to identify their weaknesses and strengths. Take the time to watch the top pro gamers in action. Make detailed notes of their tactics and strategies and integrate them into your play. You’ll be amazed at how much more proficient you’ll be at gaming at the end of the day!