Years ago, if you were the best gamer in town, all you got was your name at the top of the list in the arcade and may even your picture on the wall. But today things are different. If you are a professional gamer, you can make a good living using your skills. Thousands of people have turned gaming into a profession.
So how can you turn your passion into a profitable venture?
There is no easy way to mint millions. But if you are willing to put hours of hard work, you can become a professional gamer. Here is how.
Focus, dedication and lack of sleep seem to be the key requirement to becoming a pro gamer.
Choose a Game: Choose a game to master. There are hundreds of games and a dozen platforms. It is better to master your skills on a specific platform and a particular game. Once you have chosen a game, develop your skills as a single player as well as a part of a team.
Find your Motivation: To step up to pro level, you need a strong motivating factor. It could be to build a reputation, to become the best gamer in the city or any other factor that can help push yourself harder into gaming. Find one and keep adding to your motivation.
Practice: Apart from playing your game, watch others play. Study their strategy and technique and constantly improve your own timing and skills. Watching gameplay is super easy, thanks to YouTube Gaming and Twitch.
Collaborate: Gaming has a big community, and the best way to learn is to watch good gamers play. Become a part of your local gamer community and fine-tune your skills. You may even find your future teammates in the community.
Get good hardware: Spending a lot of money on the latest spec desktop is not the only way to play games. You can get a lightweight laptop to carry around, buy a customised PC or stick to Xbox or PlayStation. Once you perfect your skills, you should be able to use any hardware to play the game and come out on top.
Be prepared for sacrifice: Pro gamers say they spent at least 12 hours a day perfecting their craft and often slept only 3-4 hours a day. So be ready to do all it takes if you want to turn pro.