By: Indeed Editorial Team
Being successful as a pro video gamer may seem challenging, but the esports industry is booming all over the world, offering opportunities for many gamers. There are also professionals who make money from gaming through streaming their playing online, who are called streamers, although they are a slightly different type of pro gamer. If you want to become a pro video gamer, you may need to do some preparation as it is a fairly competitive industry. In this article, we describe what a pro gamer is, what a professional gamer does and how to become a pro video gamer.
What is a pro video gamer?
A pro video gamer is someone who plays video games professionally in competitions, which can be a very lucrative profession for many. Professional video game competitions, usually called esports, can have prizes worth millions of dollars. It can take a lot of practice to join the elite players who earn that much money, but because it’s a newer industry, it is possible to break in with the right combination of practice, talent, teammates and game choice. Pro video gamers are a new type of professional athlete, but it is a viable and growing career.
There is another type of pro video gamer, called a streamer, who rather than being active in competitions, streams their playing online for people to watch. These gamers might compete in esports competitions, or they might stream only. Streamers tend to make their money through subscribers, ad revenue, affiliate links and other methods rather than winning competitive prizes. One advantage to being a streamer is that if you provide entertainment, you can get subscribers and earn money, and you don’t have to be the best gamer to do so.
What do pro video gamers do?
Pro video gamers primarily make their money through big competitions, which are held all over the world. When pro video gamers aren’t competing, however, they are usually training or preparing in some way. This might include practicing their gaming skills, taking care of their body to allow for marathon gaming sessions or discussing strategy with their teammates. Pro video gamers are likely interested in video games in general, so they may play other games as a way of honing their skills, but primarily they will practice the specific game they plan to compete in.
How to become a pro video gamer
If you’re interested in becoming a pro video gamer, you generally don’t need a formal education. To be a streamer, you really just need to set up a stream online and build an audience, and you can play different games whenever you want. For competitive pro gamers, however, the process is a little different. The best way to game professionally is to prepare your skills on your own and with a team. Here are the steps to becoming a competitive pro video gamer:
1. Choose your game
There are a lot of video games out there, including those that are used for gaming competitions. While it is possible to compete in multiple games, most pro video gamers focus on one game for their competitions. One of the biggest reasons for this is that to become expert enough to compete at a high level, you need to practice a lot. If you’re splitting your time between multiple games, you’re less likely to become an expert in any of them.
Another factor in choosing your game is to decide if you want a classic, reliable game that has been used in competitions for a while, or if you want to focus on an up-and-coming game with less history. There are benefits and challenges to each. An established game is more likely to have competition opportunities going forward, but the competition might be more difficult as more people are familiar with it. A newer game might have less competition, but there’s the chance it won’t be successful as an esports game and you’ll have to learn a new game to compete.
2. Get active in the community
The gaming community is a big part of being a professional gamer. Many gaming competitions are team events, so you’ll eventually need to find a team. Beyond that, however, it’s important that you understand the culture and community you’re entering. If you don’t enjoy the other people in that community, you may not enjoy working towards being a professional gamer with that game. Additionally, being an active participant in the community around the game you’ve chosen can help you increase your skills, make important connections and understand competitions.
3. Find the right equipment
Modern gaming equipment is extremely customizable. If you play on a console, there are different types of controllers and set-ups you can use. If you play on a computer, not only can you customize the computer itself, there are many peripherals you can customize such as keyboards, mice and monitors. Each gamer’s ideal setup is different and based on personal preference, so it might take some time for you to find exactly the right equipment you need to game at your best.
The best way to find what equipment you need is to talk to your gaming community, do your research and try some equipment out. Maximizing your gaming equipment can help you improve your gaming skills.