It is said that if you love what you do, you won’t have to work a day in your life. To this end, if you love playing video games, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make a career out of it and live your dream. Of course, there’s more to professional gaming than meets the eye and the industry is extremely competitive. Let’s see which steps you have to take in order to become an ultimate pro gamer.

Play as much as possible

The first thing you need to determine is what you could be brilliant at, and the only way to know this is by trying out as many different types of games as possible. Keep an open mind and see how you fare at card games, fighting games, RTS (real-time strategies), FPS (first-person shooters), or MOBA (multiplayer online battle arenas).

Having played enough, you will have discovered where your talent lies, so the next thing to do is opt for a particular game.

To compete or not to compete

Another thing you should be aware of is your final goal. Do you simply wish to become a professional so as to enjoy yourself and perhaps create your YouTube channel, or do you wish to go against other fellow gamers? This will pretty much set your drive.

Choose the right equipment

Depending on what game you have chosen, you are going to get the right gaming platform, such as Xbox, Playstation, Wii U, or your PC. Ask yourself if you are more comfortable with a mouse, or a keyboard, and make a list of all the necessary gadgets you have to find. The quality and prices vary, but it is possible to find good bargains.

Get educated

Video games are ever evolving so it is hard to keep track of everything that is going on, but the least you could do is try. The internet abounds with articles and tutorials on how to complete missions or solve some tasks. You should read about different strategies and tactics, and implement them in your game(s).

Observe the others

Simply reading blogs and practicing at home doesn’t make the cut. You have to go where all the action is and learn by watching the real masters at work. Analyze their moves and way of thinking, and the new information will help improve your gaming skills.

Networking is key

No gamer is an island, and it’s absolutely beneficial for you to get out there and become involved in a discussion with the other aspiring gamers and professionals. You can contact the other players via an in-game chat, or look them up on social media. Also, you could contact them on message boards, too.

Join a team/ a gaming league

Becoming a part of a team has a lot of advantages. You’ll be able to take your game to a new level when you get used to other players’ style because that will help you develop your own moves. Even though pro gamers are thought to be introverts, communication is essential for enhancing one’s gaming abilities.

By joining a league, your team will be able to compete, which brings us to the next topic.

Visit tournaments

There are two types: online competitions and LAN tournaments. Online video gaming competitions are a serious endeavor, but if you really want to go all the way, you had better apply for a tournament which you have to attend in person. Try to register at a few local ones before playing in the big league.

Furthermore, always enquire about the tournament rules. Pro gaming is not officially a sport, but it does come with a list of forbidden substances. For example, serious gaming organizations have banned cannabis as it appears to enhance gamers’ performance, which is quite contrary to popular belief.

Get sponsors

When you start reaping success, that is the time to try and cash in your valuable skills. There are plenty of sponsors out there willing to support your excellent game. Marketing is as essential in pro gaming as in any other business.

Practice makes perfect

Finally, don’t forget that in order to accomplish your goals, you have to practice a lot and seriously dedicate yourself to pro gaming.

Now that you know what needs doing, it’s up to you to start playing like you really mean it.