Looking for a career in eSports? Here is our eleven step guide on how to get into it.
Our blog will educate you on the pros and cons of making a career in eSports. This article is for those looking for that first push in the right direction.
Over the course of this article, we will also reference links within this blog that could also be an excellent resource guide for the future.
Many years ago, eSports or gaming was not a career that many people thought was possible, let alone one that they could brag about. It was usually just a few gamers getting together to compete in a local multiplayer game that might involve some food and drink. Nowadays, the eSports scene has changed significantly.
You can make a lot of money from it. By being good at video games and can use Youtube or Twitch to get people to cheer you on, as if you were a professional athlete.
An eSports career is not just about being the best gamer in the world. Read on and find out how you can boost your eSports career!
Getting started with an eSports career
Following are several steps to get started as a professional eSports gamer.
- Start with your motivation
As with anything in life, it’s important to play Esports for the right reasons. The love of competition, the satisfaction of growing as a player, and the sense of contributing to a team and community are all valid reasons to play.
In the long run, positive motivations are what keeps players engaged. Players who are motivated by cash, fame, and quick success, on the other hand, will likely burn out before ever turning pro. Loving the game will make a world of difference during daily practice as you gradually acquire the skills to turn pro.
2. Pick Your Game
The second step is to find your game. There are two ways to find out heir: choose a game that is emerging or go for an established game.
If a game is emerging, players have the chance to be among the first to know the game. Players who have been at the forefront of games like League of Legends or Counter -Strike have emerged as the best players. Of course, it can also be a risk to invest time in a new game, given the competition in games, which may require you to choose a new game.
A game that is already established in eSports already has the right resources and tournaments. Games that have been around for a long time, such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) have large, dedicated player bases and tournaments with large prize money. The downside is that it is harder for new eSporters to narrow the gap between the top players, to catch up.
We recommend trying a few games and sticking with the one you really love.
3. Join the Community
Professional gaming is not only about your own talent, but also about the community (culture) around the game. Before you invest a lot of time learning a specific game, we recommend checking out forums and other places where players congregate. The experience will give you a better indication of the path ahead, and you’ll be able to assess whether the pro player’s journey matches your personal goals and motivations.
The world of a game is essential to advancing your career, so make sure you enjoy the community of players of your game. Players communicate with each other on the forums so that the games are made better and better. Flaws are removed from the game. In this way eSporters contribute to the community to which they belong. A community is a powerful motivation for eSport gamers.
4. Gear Up
The right equipment is very important, starting with a good gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard. There are many options for peripherals – varying in size, form factor and sensitivity – but it’s best to choose the one that works for you personally. To get ideas, hear what eSports pros have to say about the peripherals they use on Youtube or forums.
It is important to use the same gear during every training session and game. Today’s pros use the same equipment to compete at home and on stage. Becoming familiar with your peripherals makes it easier to grow in your chosen game.
Consistency is also a factor when it comes to hardware. Organizers of professional gaming events carefully select system components that don’t hinder gameplay with lag or erratic frame rates. The performance of your gaming laptop or PC should follow suit. To learn more about improving your gaming experience, check out our guides on what to look for in a processor, gaming monitor and storage.
With in-game matchmaking, it’s easy to find people to play against. But if you want to win, you’ll need to practice.
First, master the game’s mechanics. Concentrate on learning game-specific skills until they become ingrained in your muscle memory. Whether that’s last-hitting in a MOBA, aiming with accuracy in an FPS, or maximizing actions-per-minute in an RTS, these skills never lose their importance. Pro players practice mechanics tirelessly to stay sharp and make minute improvements, but players who are just starting out should improve dramatically with practice.
While you’re honing your skills, start researching the game’s overarching strategy. A good Esport has many layers of strategy, ranging from situational strategy — such as the role of a jungler lurking between lanes — to top-tier meta. Understanding your role in a given situation is a good place to start, as the meta used by the pros — like the nearly unstoppable GOATS strategy that dominated Season 1 of Overwatch League — can be too complicated for beginners to coordinate.
Still, there’s a lot to be gained from watching top players. Both videos and live-streams are great resources for learning good in-game habits and provide a reference point for how you should be playing the game.
Later on, as you’re getting better, reviewing replays of your own matches will allow you to break down your play style and learn from your mistakes. All the best players do it.
6. Hire a Coach
With the potential to make a career out of gaming, and with tournaments offering big money, getting a coach to improve in your esport can be a great idea. When I was gaming competitively back in the early 00’s, the idea of getting a coach for Counter-Strike would have been absurd. But think of it this way. People get coaches (or the equivalent of a coach) for all sorts of sports, activities and hobbies: golf, piano, tennis, pottery. eSports can have a long learning curve and you’re probably late to the game already. You have to spend unnecessary amounts of time practicing things you’re already good at in order to practice something you’re not good at. The biggest benefit I see to hiring a coach is reducing the amount of time necessary to improve at your esport. Hiring a coach who is someone that is better and more experienced than you is an almost guaranteed way to improve quicker. An additional benefit is learning how to accept advice and critique, a skill that can be difficult for many people to develop. If you’re serious about hiring a coach, I recommend signing up with gamersensei.com
7. Find a Team
Once you build a reputation as a serious competitor, the next step is to find a team. Playing alongside others – especially those who are better than you, or who have different skill sets – is one of the most valuable experiences a player can have.
If you’re really good, a team will probably find you. If not, you can try out for teams. The website Teamfind, for instance, has forums and tools for teams and players to communicate. Learning to play well with others is required for team-based games like Counter-Strike:GO and Dota 2.
Or start your own team:
Don’t want to bother with tryouts or taking the risk of ending up on a crappy team? Start your own team and become the leader of it. This will also give you experience in other roles outside of just esports, in fact, this will give you valuable experience that you can take anywhere outside of gaming. I had a lot of fun creating my counter-strike 1.5 team. I was paying for a server, I bought a web domain and created the site, and already had a couple of friends that I was playing with. From there, we recruited two more and joined a league. I had so much fun gaming at that time, and my skill excelled at a much faster rate.
8. Compete and Get Noticed
Getting good at your game is only half the battle. The other half is making connections that will help you ascend the competitive ladder. Once you’ve found your footing in more competitive lobbies, start networking. Connect with better players.
Building relationships with better players can lead to bigger things, such as invites to private Discord channels, where you’ll have the chance to play in exclusive scrims and rub shoulders with elite players. Environments like these are where players tend to get noticed by pro organisations.
9. Stay Balanced
While the grind mentality looms large in eSports, pro gamers must learn how to balance their practice regimen and off-screen activities. According to professional gamers we interviewed, a holistic approach to practice — including proper nutrition, exercise, and an active social life — improves mental focus and prevents burnout. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will allow you to stay motivated for long enough to develop the skills that will ultimately attract pro organisations.
10. Live Like a Pro
Becoming a pro gamer takes years of hard work and practice, but there’s more to it than constantly practising and playing. To evolve as a player, it’s important to take a well-rounded approach that includes developing social skills, expanding your knowledge of the game, finding positive sources of motivation, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Align yourself with these principles and you’ll see improvement in and out of the game.