How To Become A Professional Gamer
So you want to become a professional gamer?
Well, we don’t blame you! Going pro can be a fantastic way to turn a hobby into a full-time job. With some of the highest-paid gamers in the world making hundreds of thousands of pounds per year, becoming a pro gamer can be an exciting prospect.
With that being said, becoming a professional gamer can be challenging, just as it is to become a pro at anything else. You need to be willing to put in the time and effort into developing your technique, as well as coordinating with your teammates if you would like to be a part of an esports team.
In this guide, we have gathered up some of the most important parts of becoming a professional gamer and tried to answer them the best we can to help gamers or parents such as yourself better understand the process. We want you to be able to weigh out the risks and benefits of turning pro, with a full understanding of everything from sponsorships, to contracts to even setting up your own esports team.
With that being said, here are the initial questions you should be asking yourself if you are interested in entering the world of pro gaming:
Are you better than the average gamer?
Just like becoming a professional sporting athlete, turning pro has to mean that you are capable of being one of the best in the world for the game of your choice.
Are you playing just one game a month or are you playing 3 games a day? How well are you performing? It will be fairly simple to tell if you are pro gamer material, most games allow you to easily track your performance through in-game analytics. If you are winning frequently and are noticing yourself moving up/topping scoreboards then you are on the right track.
However, if you feel that you are not quite up to par with the top players, don’t despair! Gaming athletes spend hours practising to ensure that their strategy and techniques improve, so keep practicing!
Have you been practising regularly?
While practising and perfecting your game is essential to becoming a pro, there are other steps you can take to begin your career.
With the help of platforms such as Gamer Sensei, GamerCoach, and Omni Coach, you can continue improving your game by receiving coaching lessons from esports tutors. Gamer Sensei, for example, allows you to choose a curated coach entirely based on your personal requirements depending on your budget, ability, and availability.
Furthermore, you can also use online tools such as Edge to track your continued progress, which you can later use when entering teams, obtaining sponsorships, or participating in competitions.
Do you have a good social media presence?
Being a fantastic gamer is only a part of going pro. Nowadays, it is also important to show that you have a social media following to promote your content and keep a record of your achievements.
Most commonly, pro gamers choose to grow their presence by creating unique gaming content on Youtube or live streaming on Twitch and Discord. Professional gamers also engage with fellow gamers and followers on Twitter, Instagram, and even TikTok.
However, if you don’t have a social media presence at all, you are at no major disadvantage. It just means that you may have to track and record your growth in a different way.
Can you provide evidence of your ability to perform?
If you eventually would like to look for sponsorship or to join an esports team, you will need to provide evidence of your performance historically.
This evidence may include everything from your kill/win streaks, to levels obtained and performances in competitions. Additional information may also include audience engagement with your social media platforms such as Twitter, Twitch, Discord, and Youtube.
Do you have the ability to fund yourself as a gamer?
On the path to becoming a professional gamer, there is a good chance that you will have to spend some money in order to bring yourself up to a top performance level. If you join an esports team, there is a good chance that a portion of your expenditure will be funded by your company; however, if you are starting out on your own it is important to be aware of the costs that you may encounter.
While some games such as StarCraft, Fortnite, CS:GO and League of Legends are free to play, there are other games that require a paid account or are pay to win, such as World of Warcraft or Hearthstone.
Additionally, games such as FIFA 20 may require a far larger investment in order for you to be guaranteed a better performance during championships.
This is a major factor that must be considered before deciding to become a professional gamer. You must think about whether you are in a good financial position to afford game set-up costs, armoury, upgrades, or packs, which may cost a lot of money in the long run. If you still rely on your parents financially, it might be a good idea to have a chat with them to see whether they are willing to fund your training and development.
There are also some other additional costs that you may encounter as you start out your professional gaming career. These may include:
A personal lawyer – to ensure that your rights are protected when joining an official esports team or competition.
A graphic designer – to design your own personal gaming logo and brand.
An agent – to source out any commercial deals, which can be an important source of income.
Track your socials – if you decide to use an online platform to track your social media and other online data, this may incur an additional cost.
Equipment – while it is not 100% necessary to have the most expensive or even the most recent gaming equipment, most professional gamers invest some money into purchasing good quality equipment that will not put them at a disadvantage in any way. This may involve upgrading your gaming console, PC, gaming mouse, or even your wifi connection to ensure that you are not limited by broadband speed.
So what should you do next?
If you have taken a look at the above questions and you still feel like you have what it takes to become a professional gamer, then amazing! You are already well along the way to going pro.
For more detailed articles on the path to pro gaming, take a look at the rest of our category.
We at Edge want to ensure that gamers have a full understanding of their rights and can achieve their goals without being limited by legal issues. If you have any questions about tracking your social and gaming data or if you want to know more about signing contracts, sponsorships, and how to use our platform, don’t hesitate to contact us!