Difference Between Pros and Amateurs

Thu 6th Jul 2017 - 8:38pm Gaming

The Difference between an Amateur and a Pro

So we would all like to think we are good at video games, but there are some players that go above and beyond anything we might have thought possible. These are the professional players that inspire us. That daunt us. Unless we too are pros…

Normal players find it incredibly difficult to kill pro players, they seem to last for longer, in game, to give something more than a regular player can, whilst possessing a greater perspective and knowledge of the game. What is that, and what are some of the differences between an amateur and a pro? I’m going to cover a few points, answering these questions in the article.

Do it for longer

Generally, professional players are ones that concentrate on one or two games only. They play these games non-stop, rarely branching out to other games. More time behind the wheel, results in more of an appreciation and understanding for the game mechanics. Pro players then manipulate and take advantage of game systems, where their skillsets can be employed, to maximum benefit.

You’d be surprised how bad most pro players are at some other games, simply because they haven’t played it or anything like it before, or for many years. The difference between the pro and amateur here is, that if the professional player wanted to, he could practise on the new game and become better than the amateur, simply by taking a different, positive and student like appreciation for games in general, along with him. Pro players are students of the game and they are never done learning.  


You have to really want it, that is, if you are an amateur player wanting to go pro. It’s not enough to just play a few hours a day, then switch games or move to console and play that for a bit. You need to stick with it, just like the pros do.

The tendency is, for professional players, to have more of a personal drive, to become better at specific games. Maybe they have been playing this one game from childhood, maybe they have some kind of connection with the game nostalgically, or maybe they just found that they were really, really good at it. There is always a reason why professionals stick to just one or two games in general.

Often these reasons can be quite personal and self-inspiring. Building up a different kind of, meaningful relationship, with a specific game, gives you more emotional intelligence about that game, how it can or should be played, different styles, play types, rules and imagination. This connection can be quite personal, leading to the player having a personal investment in the outcome of each game, ie: winning a lot.

Sometimes, the biggest hurdle, amateur players need to get over, is their own ego and tendency to brush things off and say, “Oh well, it’s just a game” “That was BS” “HACKER!”.  It’s not just a game to professional players, it’s their entire life. Whether or not they should be respected for this, is a different story. We all have to be passionate about some things in life though, otherwise it would be boring.


Pro players take time to think about the game and their opponents, game mechanics and how they should approach playing, from different angles. If they make a mistake they acknowledge it, thinking about ways to correct shortcomings and mistakes, even small mistakes and the professional players know they can add up and make difference, long term. A pro players knows that if they have been beaten, it is because of something they we doing wrong, combined with something that their opponent was doing right. This counteraction is the cornerstone of how a professional player might improve their game. Even if you are doing something right and your opponent does it better, the pro players knows that this can turn what they are doing into a mistake, that needs improving, in order to counteract the play coming from their enemy.

“What was I doing wrong? What was my opponent doing right?”

The more aspiring professional players think about these things, the better chance they will be able to change and adapt their playing style, to be more conducive at winning. Most of the time when a professional player loses to another professional, it has to do with making less mistakes, than playing really well. So, cut down on your mistakes, play like a robot, aliasing every play, every reaction, every thought and every result.

Team Work

Professional players have more of a tendency to be personable, more likeable than us normal, ugly players. It takes a good amount of practise, discipline understanding, to be part of a tightly knit, professional, esports team. Everyone needs to know their place, their role and of course there is the interpersonal situations to contend with.

Getting on as part of a team is just as hard, if not harder, than getting along in game. If players are remote, then it can become frustrating, online talking, someone might not have their say because of confidence. This can spiral out of control and suddenly no one knows wtf is happening, blaming players and taking high ground is never a good idea.

Players can find themselves being left out of discussions or being distracted by their dislike of a particular player in the team. It’s not easy to be in a team, in a professional team however, you need to be seriously drilled and disciplined, with lines of communication known and stringently adhered by. Professional players have a tendency to be more honest and upfront, confident and forward. This helps tremendously, for building up meaningful relationships, where players can talk about anything, have fun and actually enjoy what they are doing, instead of making it tedious, like some players can if they are not checking their head. 


Professional players never get tired of, nor do they lose the thirst for, WINNING! Amateur players might win sometimes, or indeed many times, but the professional player never becomes cocky, or arrogant, at least internally. The truly professional player, sees winning as the norm, and makes structures and uses gameplay that will reproduce the same winning outcome, even after playing many different types of player.

Sometimes, the amateur player is their own enemy and yeah, sometimes it’s about personality. Especially if they are the cocky type, that lets victories enhance their ego. Whilst the amateur player foolishly risks more than he should, after winning several times, the professional player is disciplined, with their ego fully in check, being registered to take advantage of any foolishness or reckless gameplay that their opponent might offer up.

So, maybe you’re a pro, maybe you’re not... Some people might say, “It’s about enjoyment”… If you are one of these people, you’ll never be a professional, because it’s not about enjoyment at all for the pros. It’s about satisfaction from winning and reinforcing your dominance over and over again. That’s what makes the pro player tick. A win is nothing special… but a loss, now they will have something to learn from.



Joshua Forbes

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