Becoming an eSport athlete can’t be underestimated now, with evidence of the magnificent event and the amount of prizes from an eSport tournament like The International owned by Dota2 and Major League Gaming owned by CS: GO, and how exclusive the eSport professional athletes who now are considered appropriate. other sports athletes.
eSport is now considered a serious sport, not just a game competition. Moreover, it is predicted that eSport will further develop in the future. So, for you who really want to be an eSport athlete now is the right time. Where you could say there are still very few Indonesian eSport athletes that are truly recognized.
“Then, where to start?” Maybe this is a question that the average will ask. Well, here we have some things that you can use to start your career as an eSport athlete.
- Select the game that you will field
The first step you can do is choose what game you will master. Do you like MOBA, FPS, Fighting, Sports, or others. This initial step will determine how much your chance to enter the eSport world.
For a complete list of what games are included in eSport, you can check on Wikipedia. It must be remembered, for free-to-play games that can be played by everyone, your competition will be more numerous than paid games like FIFA or Call of Duty.
- Practice, practice, practice
Because you have vowed to become an athlete, you have to behave differently. Like other sports athletes, you need to train hard to reach a professional level. At the very least, you should have high-flying hours. Knowing all the intricacies in the game.
Learn various tactics that can be used in the game. The training must be routine and stable, even if the match you win or lose. Don’t follow the Match Match too soon if you aren’t really ready. Remember, practice makes perfect!
- Stay Motivated
There are times, you will find it very difficult to improve your abilities in the game that you field. However, do not immediately feel failed and discouraged. Set motivation so that you can get back up soon. Winning the Championship, Prize money is a lot, or want to be the best is a great motivation that you can use.
To find out how pro players maintain their motivation, you can watch the short film Free to Play to find out how pro Dota 2 players maintain their motivation.
- Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
When you are able to maintain your motivation in the process of honing your abilities in the game, always remember to keep your lifestyle healthy. Don’t just because you are very excited and then you play for up to 24 hours. In fact, an eSport athlete is very concerned about rest time, food, to the pattern of exercise.
This is because adequate rest is the key so that athletes are able to maintain their stamina in the match. If you can, make a schedule for your activities to start school (if you are still in school), exercise, sports, rest, etc.
- Join the Community
When you have started to master the game, start joining the communities of the game. You can search for the game community in various forums, starting with the open esport forum on reddit for those of you who want to join the international community, to forums belonging to the local community. From there you can get acquainted with various people and you can also ask questions and tricks, the latest info, and so on. Besides that, it doesn’t hurt to add contacts.
- Learn from the Pro
If you are still not in a particular team or community, the easiest way to find out the playing patterns of pro players is to watch the game. With the ease of searching for rebroadcasts or live-streaming on Youtube and Twitch.
You can learn a lot of things while the match is taking place, assuming it is free direct learning from pro players that you can take advantage of for later use when you play.
- Prepare Your Gear
Although many say that “What is important is skill, not equipment” but that does not mean that buying gaming equipment is trivial. But position the equipment that you buy later is a supporter of your game. You don’t need to buy the best and most expensive equipment such as mouse, keyboard, mouse pad, and headset. The important thing is adjust it to your needs and later it will make your game easier. Look for references and reviews first before buying, if possible, come to the store and try the equipment you are going to buy if it is suitable or not.
- Find or form your team
When all the training you have done, you will get a reputation from the game that you field it. The reputation can be in the form of MMR points in Dota 2, or Ranking in CS: GO. Try to find references to what qualifications are needed for the professional debut of the game that you field. From there you can now begin your professional step to the next level by entering into a team.
You can just make your own team with friends that you trust, or if you are really great, then the professional team will recruit you. You can also use the community that you follow to help you find the right team.
- Try Joining a Local Tournament
When you and your team have discovered chemistry and are able to play together optimally. You can start participating in various tournaments. No need to be prestigious before, you can also participate in tournaments organized by the local community or other parties.
The goal is to hone your team’s abilities and certainly build the reputation of the team. But it must be understood too, that you also have to be able to enter the round at least the national league or tournament to get more attention from the parties concerned.
- Managers and Sponsors
From the previous point we mean as a related party is a managerial issue and of course the sponsor. If your team is lucky there will be sponsors who will endorse and those who want to be your team manager. Or if you are not sure you can appoint yourself who will be your team manager.
It must be remembered that managers and sponsors are 2 important things that will guarantee the continuity of your eSport career. The sponsor is the party who will provide various equipment for your team, and also boost the popularity of you and your team, and the manager will take care of everything from your team. Starting from managing your team’s schedule, conducting promotions, mediating your team’s internal conflicts, etc. So try to choose the right person to be your team manager.
So, are you interested and are sure to dive into the world of eSport? Keep in mind that the 10 things above are just a general and simplest description of the stage you are building your eSport career. There will be many things that you will face later, whether it’s difficulties, or even convenience. To be sure to see the development of eSport that continues to grow, it has been ascertained if indeed you are serious and committed then there is no difficult word for you to penetrate the world of eSport athletes. Who knows, someday you will be the name of your country in international eSport leagues and tournaments. So, guys. Good Luck and Have Fun!