Professional Esports have transformed what was considered a childhood dream into a legitimate livelihood. It’s one thing to love playing video games, but imagine being paid while at it? Pro gaming has evolved from just being all fun and games to a fully funded, franchise sponsored event with over $1 billion in annual payouts.
The question on most people’s minds is, how do I become a pro player? Is it solely about the skill or is the equipment just as important? The short answer is, pro gaming is a far cry from just being fun, games, or even having the best gaming headphones, you’ll need a lot of commitment, a lot of practice hours, and tons of research!
That said, there are some things, if mastered, can help ease the transition into pro gaming;
Master One Console
The first advice any pro gamer will tell you is to pick a console. Most people tend to insist on trying to play everything. If you are good at PC or XBOX or PS4, find the one that you most excel at and stick to it.
The problem with trying to play on every console is it will affect how much time you put into each. Transitioning from a keyboard to a joystick, then from a joystick to gaming pad can be a little confusing. Which is why you need to master one and inject time and effort into it. The good thing about modern pro gaming events are set on almost all consoles, so you don’t have to worry about being left out.
Master your controls
After you’ve picked the console you’re most comfortable with, you will need to master how to play the game. Most pro gamers are instinctive in how they play. They know where each button is, and what it does to a point where they don’t need to be constantly checking to confirm the position of the buttons. If you play first-person shooter games like PUBG or Counter-Strike, you will notice that reflexes and quick reactions are a big part of pro gameplay.
You will have a problem if you are constantly fiddling around trying to shift camera angles while someone is shooting at you! Before beginning, ensure you master your keyboard, controller or joystick to a point where you have a mental picture of what goes where.
Master the Art of Losing
Becoming a pro gamer is a lot like learning how to play the guitar. Even the best guitarists in the world have been constantly booed off stage before they finally got applauded. Rage control is everything in gaming, so if you are not ready to take a few hits then you’re in the wrong business.
You will lose, multiple times, each loss will serve as a learning experience. The more you play, the more you adapt. You need to be ready to lose several times, and not take it personally.
Master the Art of Time Management
Understand that there is a fine line between being a pro gamer and an addict. The fact that the quest to becoming a pro gamer will take up a huge chunk of your time, it shouldn’t be all your time! It is important to know the difference.
Dedicate a few hours in your day to practice, have a schedule, keep your day job, and ensure you have a life away from your console. Learning how to manage your time effectively, as well as how much time to allocate to your gaming is a crucial factor.
Master the GAME!
Again, don’t try to play every game! The main reason most people don’t get to elite gaming ranks is that they try to play everything! You can’t be a pro-FIFA player and a Pro Counter-Strike player all in one breath. You have to pick a struggle.
Granted, you may need to play a few games to figure out which one you excel at, but once you find one that you are particularly good at, stick to it! The key here is to find a game that