G’Day Gamer Gals & Guys!
This blog is really exciting for me to share with you because it is something that I wish I would have read 5 years ago, when wanting to break into the gaming industry.
I decided to write this blog after I read a lot of your comments in my last blog posts.
For Instance: “How is what your doing a job? I mean you are being paid to have fun and be yourself? There is no better job than that!”
And I do believe that to be true.
At least it is the perfect job for me.
Between gaming and writing, I am fulfilling my highest goals in life.. and I don’t plan on staying stagnant!
So if you want to become a pro gamer read on!
BECOME REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD AT GAMING:
Do you want to throw a shoe at the screen right now? I know, this one seems so obvious! But really, how are you going to become a pro gamer.. if you don’t game?
Now I believe everything has to be in moderation, as you may know. However, when you are training for your life’s work some allowances need to be made!
Game as much as you can – when you are not making money doing something else.
Why do I say that? I don’t want you to show your wife, girlfriend or mother this blog and say: “Well, Ru says I have to quit my job and game all day and night if I want to be taken seriously.”
No, I did not say that.
You need to work to support yourself and also to purchase the equipment that you will need to get to pro status as you go.
Most of us nerds can’t get by on a pretty face, so let your fallback be your talent. Even I don’t get to game all day. Like right now for instance.
I am writing this blog, which is making me money. It would also be a good idea to focus on a certain game. Put all of your effort and time into mastering that specific one. Then you will become a force to be reckoned with!
INVEST IN PRO EQUIPMENT AS SOON AS ARE ABLE TO (WITHOUT THIEVERY INVOLVED)
If you want to run with the big boys, you have to game like the big boys.
A few things to invest in that will help start your collection and won’t break your bank initially are: a good headset, a great mic and large thumb drive to hold extra information and space you may need in the future.
Then as you grow, purchase capture cards & all the latest and greatest new consoles. Don’t forget editing software! And stay read up on all the latest gaming news to give yourself a leg up in the competition.
BUILD A REPUTATION AND RELATIONSHIPS IN THE GAMING COMMUNITY:
Although you a growing your career, you won’t be able to do it alone. Every good gamer knows that a great teammate is essential to victory.
The same is to be said in the gaming community. Whether you plan on being a pro tournament player or a steamer on YouTube or twitch – you need a good team behind you. Join social media and connect with other gamers both amateur and pro.
Once you build up your following the chances that you are invited to join a gamer team rises with each connection you make. Keep communication going, support your fellow gamers and stay consistent while building your fan base.
GET IN THE GAME
Have you decided how you want to make money gaming?
Do you want to enter tournaments while traveling around the world earning millions of dollars?
It is very possible for the elite gamer. And this can start with joining something as small as your local game store’s competition.
Don’t count yourself out of the game before you start by not signing up!
If you think you won’t be able to win in a small setting, you won’t have the confidence to win those million dollar tournaments.
Start small and grow.
The rush and excitement you will get from your first completion is either going to put a fire under your ass, or knock you down. This is where the men get separated from the boys. Turn any defeat into practice and strategy for your next win.
And if tournaments aren’t your thing and you want to be a live streamer, get on YouTube or Twitch – and start!
Don’t play the “IF-THEN” game. “IF I get a new video card, THEN I’ll stream” Just start where you are and grow, grow, grow!
Grow your viewers, grow your channel and elevate your equipment. Your dedicated followers will appreciate and support you on your journey to making this a full time job.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF SO SPONSORS WILL BELIEVE IN YOU!
Your ultimate goal needs to be to get sponsorship. A team or teams of people that believe in your potential and want to see you succeed.
They will be the ones who carry you into the big leagues, allowing you to become a professional gamer! But remember, they won’t recognize your talent if you don’t!
And always keep in mind that there is a big difference between cocky and confident. Cockiness won’t keep the viewers coming back and that won’t make your sponsors very happy. Be consistent, knowledgeable and ready to dominate your goals.
Are You Ready To Start Living Your Dreams?
Leave a comment below if there’s anything my pro friends want to add to help out any new players.
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Let’s continue to grow the world’s gaming team!
“Find Something To Believe in, And Find It For Yourself. When You Do, Pass It On To The Future” ~ Solid Snake