With the coronavirus pandemic continuing into 2021 and people being forced to spend so much time at home, it is no surprise that the video game industry is booming especially when you consider that the pandemic coincided with the release of two highly anticipated new consoles. In Q1 of 2020, game sales increased a staggering 218% and with COVID-19 interfering with hospitality and leisure, it is easy to see why so many people have been gaming during the pandemic.
This has also seen many amateurs make the jump to becoming a professional player, which can be a great way for someone to boost their income while doing something that they enjoy. So, how can one become a professional gamer in 2021?
Excel at One Game
First, it is important to focus on just one game. Only the very best are able to earn money from gaming, which means that you should not spread yourself across multiple games. Obviously, you need to love the game that you play and put the hours in practicing – you might also find it helpful to research how to improve your play online, including watching professionals play.
Invest in the Best Gear
In order to excel in gaming and rise to the top, you need to make sure that you have the best gear in addition to the skills. Hardware and equipment such as a gaming chair can make a big difference, so it is certainly important to invest some money in the best gear if you want to reach the top.
Open an Instant Virtual Bank Account
As a professional gamer, you want to have a clear overview of your finances particularly as you will have expenses including equipment, travel etc. A virtual account will make it easy to keep on top of your finances so that you can focus on gaming and making a name for yourself.
Find a Team to Join
The next step is to join a team and in order to do this, you will need to excel in your game but also have built up a reputation. This is why networking is so important (much like any other job), so be sure to spend time engaging with the online community and reach out to teams.
Play in Leagues & Competitions
At this point, you will want to start playing in leagues and competitions either as an individual or part of a team. Online leagues like MLG and ESL are good places to start, but you should also keep your eyes peeled for local esports competitions where you can start to build your reputation and get noticed.
You can earn a hefty amount by winning live tournaments, but if you really want to make a career out of gaming, then you will want to get sponsorship. The esports industry is growing every year, which means that brands will pay a lot of money for the top performers to wear and use their gear during tournaments.
These are the 6 main steps to take to become a professional gamer. It is easier said than done, but it is an amazing way to make money if you are able to in an industry on the rise.