Commit To Winning
If you want to get into eSports, you got to know a few things first, before you commit to spending your life chasing the dream of becoming a professional gamer. There are certain personality traits that are just not suited to eSports. You need to have some serious drive and motivation if you are going to have a chance at reaching anywhere near the top. With the number of good players out there rapidly increasing, the skill level is getting absurd. Don't be disillusioned though. In this article I'm going to give you a run-down of exactly how to beat the masses, to commit to your dreams of becoming a professional gamer, whilst giving you some additional options to make a name for yourself in the eSports industry you might not have thought about. So here we go!
You need to ask yourself, "Do I love this game?", because if you get bored playing the same game over and over, you will not make it to the top. How could you, when you don't care about the game you are playing. You need SERIOUS passion and drive for playing the one and only game, for hours and hours at a time without getting sick of it. Don't attempt to practise the same game and go professional, unless you are completely in love with the game and it never bores you. You need to be able to practise in a manner whereby your enjoyment of winning pushes you to take playing to the next level.
If you are someone who quits early, you won't make the distance, you got to commit to the game for the whole time you are playing it even when you are losing badly. I know, sometimes you see pros switch of and give up early, but just ask yourself, could there have been something they could have learnt from their opponent in those last dying minutes of the game. Losing is a fact of gaming that everyone has to put up with. There is no reason why you can't look at losing in a positive way though. Watching your enemy come in and crush you in the last few seconds can teach you a lot about your enemy and how he approaches different kinds of situations. You might see something in his play that gives away how he is thinking in these important parts of the game, so next time he comes at you in the same manner you will be ready. You would never have learnt this if you just switch off.
Ask yourself, are you prepared to sacrifice your life for this game? Every second you sit there playing, you could be outside with your girlfriend or some mates and you should consider if you want to trade this all away because when it gets really serious these kinds of people probably won't understand the trade off and will leave you high and dry. Sucks aye, but that's just the way it is. If people see you have high aspirations and that you are dedicating large amounts of time to a dream, they usually just turn on you and leave you alone. So, is it worth sacrificing friends for this? Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes it's no, but if you never plan and think about this stuff it can come back and bite you in the arse. Ouch!
You are just a drop in the ocean when it comes to the number of serious players out there. Think about what sets you apart emotionally and physically and build on these elements of your game and confidence. There is no point being like everyone else and doing the same strats. Think up your own strats and try and make your game into a unique force for winning. You can only do the same move a certain amount of times before it becomes predictable. So there needs to be an internal decision to try things even if you are making a huge risk. If you can start playing risky but with a high level of skill, you could start a streak and win more than you bargained for.
Don't just give up when you lose 10 times in a row. That just shows you have a lot of improving to do. You have to stick with it. Once you know the game you’re going to play don't pussy out if you get your ass whipped. Don't blame your team mates or make excuses. The same rules apply if you win, don't take all the credit, stay humble and with a tough playing schedule and a bit of humility you can reach the top. Hell, someone has to be there so it might as well be you. Don't apologise for winning to the loser, never try and make him feel alright. You want to get so good that you dominate without emotion and not care what it costs the other player emotionally about his game.
You are there to win and win at all costs. Go push harder, play smarter, get better every day. It takes baby steps to reach success, but once you reach a certain level, you will be making giant steps and crushing your enemies hard core. Believe in that day, that it will come and work your butt off to get there. Because if you don't do it, someone else will and you will be the loser!
Good luck gamers! Play hard!
By Joshua Forbes