The most important moment in a pro eSports gamer's career is its initiation, how one makes the transition from being a hobby or amateur player to a dedicated, determined, hard working and winning professional. This transition is also the hardest stage of any eSports gamers' career.
Long time Evil Geniuses StarCraft 2 gamer Chris "Huk" Loranger mentions his transition and the hard work involved in pro gaming (from the article, "Chris 'Huk' Loranger Believes eSports Is A Lot Harder Than People Think," GameSkinny.):
"I played StarCraft I and other videogames for a long period of time, but after high school I wasn't sure what to do with my life basically. I was going to join the US Military to help pay for school – and I didn't want to take out loans – one, because I didn't want to take out loans and two, because I didn't really know what I wanted to do anyway. So I was in the process of joining the military, I took the tests, I was on a waiting list, and StarCraft 2 came out. I was playing it for fun, and then I started doing good. I got an offer on a team for like $500 a month, and they offered to fly me out to tournaments for three months. So I said, 'What the hell, I'm waiting anyway, I can do this.' And since then, I've gotten better and better deals, and now the military is something I obviously decided not to do.
It's a lot harder than most people realize. You've got to be hard working. You have to be able to take criticism, and be able to be humble. And then generally, you've got to be pretty dexterous and smart, I guess, in some ways."
The purpose of this course is to give the aspiring pro eSports gamer a mindset in order to confidently make that transition. Become a Pro Gamer (eSports Athlete), or otherwise called after the book it's based on, Jumpstart Your Pro eSports Gaming Career, will provide you with insights, inspiration, advice and tools to gain a concrete vision on what it means to become a pro eSports gamer. It covers:
Become a Pro Gamer (eSports Athlete) is a work that has passed through eSports athletes, educators and entrepreneurs who share a vision of an ever-expanding eSports world.
What is key to note in the beginning of Become a Pro Gamer (eSports Athlete) is that this course aims to give you a success mindset to approach everything you encounter. With this mindset, you will be able to funnel information that you encounter in a way that best serves your goals. You will know what to use, what not to use, how much time and importance to place onto everything that comes your way, so that you can establish yourself a pro gamer, and also maintain balance with other areas of your life.
The purpose of this course is to give the aspiring pro eSports gamer a mindset in order to confidently make that transition. Jumpstart Your Pro eSports Gaming Career will provide you with insights, inspiration, advice and tools to gain a concrete vision on what it means to become a pro eSports gamer. It covers:
Before getting into what relates specifically to the gamer who wants to go pro, in this lesson we will look into the fact that eSports and video gaming are massively growing industries. The purpose of this detour before delving deeper into the amateur-to-pro gamer transition is to:
Everything that does not support your goal to become a pro eSports gamer needs to be dealt with, otherwise these sources of interference will work against your goal. You need to define what these sources that disturb you from reaching your goal as a pro gamer are, and strategize how you can at least minimize them as much as possible, or better yet, eliminate them... or best yet, invert them into sources of support.
Are your parents a source of support, or a source of interference, to your pro gaming dreams?
There are many examples of gamers who have support from their parents, and gamers who lack that support, and also gamers who, in the beginning lacked support from their parents, but after proving themselves by winning tournaments, and consequently prize money, had their parents switch to become their biggest supporters.
If your parents do not support your eSports gaming dreams, then that can definitely make it harder for you to progress. However, as with all problems, it should be dealt with, and if you could make a 180 degree twist from non-support or indifference to support, that would be the best option for helping you in this situation progress toward your pro gaming dreams.
Well, this is the classic disturbance that most people in the world, not only gamers, come up against. As an aspiring eSports pro gamer, it can definitely be the place that tears you in two directions, and it has shown itself to be the disturbance that causes a lot of gamers to leave their practice time honing their skills as an eSports athlete to work menial jobs to be able to survive.
Now this course is here for those of you who do not want to simply be part of the extras on the set, who end up saying, “Well, that's life, what can you do about it?”... but who are thirsty to make your pro eSports dream a reality.
The basics you need to know about how to setup your online presence. Learn the principles behind why you need certain online properties like a website and all kinds of social media accounts, and how to approach them so that they work for you like currency. Many people setup their online presence without any strategy, and become disadvantaged in the future when they can't reverse all kinds of things they setup from the beginning. Don't be one of them! Apply these principles and reap the rewards of a strong online foundation to develop upon.
One of the interferences many young aspiring gamers undergo in the transition from being a hobby gamer to following a pro eSports athletic dream is the need to “be like everyone else,” to have fun, hang out and party.
In other words, as a hobby gamer, you might be gaming a lot, but then you still have time to hang out with friends whenever you want, go to a party or two every week if you want to do that, and literally have a life outside of gaming. If you are planning to go pro though, these activities will start becoming interferences that you will need to deal with, and a tight athlete's schedule will mean that your whole life will revolve around gaming, and everything you do will have to somehow respond to “How does this improve me as a pro gamer?”
To cut to the chase, the solution for this is simple: Find like-minded people, teammates and/or other competitive gamers in the same game/s you are involved in, who also share your dream. Then, throw yourself into them.
If you are aspiring to become a pro gamer in a team game, then don't waste time: join a team as soon as possible. If you are not playing a team game, then instead look to put together a regular group of gamers interested in the same game you are interested in. Again, there is no right or wrong, and different approaches suit different people, but considering the point of surrounding yourself with like-minded people in order to gain their will for gaming, a team and/or collaborative/competitive environment will only improve you, and will set you and your team up to be able to enter tournaments.
The Roundtable Discussion, or circle, is a key tool in uniting people and shifting them from the “me” mode to the “we” mode. It is a means for developing well oiled human relations. Using the Roundtable Discussion, teams and literally any groups of people, can overcome the above-mentioned problems, which can lower teams' and players' performance, and even break teams apart.
For optimal team or group dynamics, the Roundtable Discussion should be practiced regularly offline or online (e.g. through platforms such as Zoom or Google Hangouts). We at Addiktz are leading the field in Roundtable Discussions for eSports gamers and teams. Addiktz organizes bootcamps for eSports gamers and teams, and by incorporating the Roundtable Discussion method into the bootcamp we saw improvements in many in-game team metrics like in-game communication, group and personal confidence and more.
Teams that spend quality time together reap many more benefits. This is why South Korea is so far ahead of many countries, which has a focus on team houses. For teams that can't get together in team houses, then the bootcamp is a 2-day intensive solution that Addiktz has practised. In this lesson, you will learn the principles of the bootcamp and get the tools to inquire about holding your own bootcamp.
All the problems and common pitfalls that many aspiring young gamers fall into are presented in this book as a means for young aspiring pro gamers to be able to better prepare and equip themselves for encountering these problems, so that when such obstacles arise, you can get through them faster and with more awareness than had you not been prepared.
Instead of deterring you from becoming a pro eSports gamer, by acknowledging the ways you might fall, and preparing yourself for them in advance, you increase your chance of being able to overcome them and use them to make yourself stronger as a gamer, as a team, as a person dealing with the gaming industry and community... and most importantly, as a person.
Addiktz has been active since 2011 running performance improvement programs for aspiring pro gamers and eSports teams.
Addiktz also creates eSports guides documenting mindset, approaches and methods pro gamers and aspiring pro gamers can use to optimize their approach to becoming eSports athletes. Among these materials is the book, Jumpstart Your Pro eSports Gaming Career: The Purpose-Driven Success Mindset That Will Make Your Pro Gaming Dreams a Reality.