Want To Make A Living Playing Video Games? It Takes Skill!
Playing video games for a living is a fantasy for many avid gamers, but for a select few, it’s their reality. In addition to making a living playing games, the world’s top professional gamers make big money; and six figure incomes are very realistic. If this sounds good to you, before you announce your intention to become a professional gamer to the world, you should understand that there’s some hard work involved before you reach pro gamer glory.
Before you go pro, you’re going to have to:
1. Practice with other people, including some who are better than you are.
The only way to get better is to get beaten, and learn from your mistakes. Watching other, better players and learning their techniques can help you improve your game too.
2. Practice with non-human opponents.
You can’t always find someone else to play with, so take any opportunity to play multiplayer games against computer-generated opponents. You can increase the skill of your artificial opponents as you get better. Needless to say, if you can’t keep up with the hard difficulty levels, you going to need to work harder.
3. Sit back and watch, sometimes.
If you can, watch professionals play. Staying out of the game sometimes and watching the playing style of other people can go a long way in helping you pick up tips and strategies.
Want to see what we mean? Check this Street Fighter match between Daigo “The Beast” Umehara vs. SnakeEyes at the EVO 2K13.
Whatever part of gaming you like best, focus on it, and become an expert at it. You want to be skilled at all aspects of game play, but you should be particularly good at one thing.
5. Don’t try this alone.
You need to be part of a gaming community, because that’s what professional gaming is. Get tips and discuss strategies with other gamers all the time.
6. Use the right equipment.
Make sure your gaming hardware is as top-of-the-line as you can afford. Don’t skimp on this. Use solid, name brand products that won’t fail on you when you’re trying to learn your craft; you don’t need that frustration.
7. Remember that it’s not all about winning.
You’re going to lose sometimes. Don’t be a sore loser, and keep a civilized attitude at all times. Lose gracefully, congratulation other winners, and learn from your losses.
8. Don’t cheat.
This is probably rather obvious, but “cheating” includes practicing with hacks. Professional gamers don’t use them, so get used to life without them now.
In addition to actually playing and watching other players, spend time online searching for everything you can find about your game. Strategy guides, tips, in-depth articles about characters, moves, etc. Study the game like it’s a school project that you have to write a report on. The more you know, the better you’ll play.
10. Be committed, not obsessed.
Don’t let gaming take over your life. You’ll probably need to have a job anyway, to be able to afford the equipment you need.
The odds of becoming a self-supporting professional gamer are slim, but if you stand any chance of realizing this dream, you’re going to have to make gaming so much a part of your life that it may not be entirely fun anymore. If your gaming career doesn’t work out, at least your efforts may make you one of the best amateur players around.