EDITORIAL: THINK YOU’RE GOOD? PREPARE TO WORK HARDER



It's not new information that E-Sports have taken a rise over the years. You may even know someone that plays competitively on games such as 'League of Legends' or 'Call of Duty', but the number of 'Professional' players are on the rise and this certain someone is greatly excited by this.

The idea itself is alluring. The thought of being able to sit at home all day and play games for a living has probably crossed all of our minds. But it's not something for the faint hearted. Many of the successful players spend countless hours every day playing the same game over and over again to boost their skills and make sure that they are at the top of their leaderboards. I'm not just talking about an hour or two playing some matches of 'CS:GO'; literally the entire day can be spent practicing, just like athletes do to prepare for their respective sports.

Even now, I bet you are still sitting there reading this article saying 'So where's the downside?' and you'd be completely right too. I think anyone that loves games as much as we do here would gladly close off the world, quit their jobs and recluse themselves away to play their favourite games all day (without any regrets or much of a thought given). It's not all sunshine though, far from it.

The thing is, even though you may think that you're pretty good at a certain game, someone is going to come along eventually and blow you out the water. It's one of the most fluid career choices by far and often dependent on sales success and public awareness. Just because you may love a certain Indie title or gravitate toward certain genres does not mean that you're going to be able to play professionally.

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BY KYNAN WATCHAM - 02/05/16

Pictured above is the team CLG after their win at the 2016 Halo 5 World Championships.

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That's not just it though. Let's say that you're risen up the ranks and you think you have the potential and the skill to play your game professionally. You need some sort of regular income. Sponsorships are available for those that have proven their worth but for an aspiring professional gamer, you may just have to keep that day job. For now at least.

However, the industry is changing rapidly and more games are going down the route of offering tournaments and making professional gaming a new and valid choice in career. Games like 'Halo 5' have focused their online gameplay around the industry and offer Championships through the seasons. Their last 'World Championship' series saw the team 'CLG' take home a cool $1 Million in prize money. One of the biggest prize pools in Console Gaming history.

So, if you're thinking about packing in the daily grind at your job and becoming the next champion at your chosen game. Make sure that you load up on snacks, keep a bathroom close and be prepared to forget what the sun looks like.


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