Now more than ever, professional gaming and esports are becoming a huge industry with countless hours of dedication from all facets helping to propel it forward. At the core of it are the professional players, showcasing competitive gaming at the highest level possible. They dazzle onstage with exciting plays, precision aim, and unparalleled mechanics.
The more esports progress, the more pursuing a career as a professional player begins to open up. Unfortunately, becoming a pro isn’t a walk in the park. There is a lot that goes into it, such as natural talent, a proper mindset, and an intensive amount of training to reach the top.
Many aspire to become professional gamers. Getting paid to play video games at the highest possible level is a dream come true for many. Players aspiring to go pro need to pursue the career for the right reasons. Those who aren’t truly passionate about the game (or games) they are pursuing might not be able to devote the amount of time needed to elevate their play or won’t have enough to drive them forward when it does get hard, and it will be hard.
The competition to make it to the top is stiff. Aside from those already playing at the highest level, there are those playing in the “semi-pro” scenes waiting for their time to come. Below is a countless pool of players thinking they have what it takes to go pro. While passion is necessary to fuel the drive to become a professional, nothing can truly get accomplished without putting in the work.
Training to become a professional gamer requires a large time commitment. Essentially, it should be viewed as a full-time job and sometimes extends beyond that. Eight, nine, or ten-hour days of training can be necessary when grinding to the top. There are a handful of factors involved when determining how much time should actually be put into training. For Team Liquid and their League of Legends team, players can put in 50+ hours of training every single week.
Some games put an emphasis on aim and mechanics while others revolve around tight team play that can require months of practice needed to build synergy within a team. Unlike other professionals in traditional sports, esports players don’t necessarily put as much physical strain on their bodies. This results in the ability to practice more and it shows with the strenuous amount of time they put into their craft.
Those training hours are not just mindless grinding, though. Training can often involve studying gameplay of both themselves and opponents alongside improving mechanics, game sense, positioning, and a plethora of other factors that make a professional a professional. It’s a lot to think about and extends far beyond just playing a video game for hours at a time with no clear vision.
On top of all that, teams have begun looking towards physical training beyond video games to improve player fitness which also includes bringing in team nutritionists to ensure players have a good diet. Building a solid foundation of physical and mental fitness can be needed to help sustain players for long periods of training.
Being a professional gamer takes a lot of work, passion, and dedication, but it’s not impossible. The opportunity to seriously pursue professional gaming is more accessible than ever as the esports industry continues to make strides in popularity year after year. There is no reason not to pursue becoming a professional gamer for those passionate enough willing to put in the work. Spending hours upon hours seemingly every day to hone the necessary skills required is no easy task, but for those who truly have a passion for competitive gaming, the opportunities are there.