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eSports are the next big thing in gaming. The gaming industry managed to total $99.6 billion in revenue last year, and eSports make up a considerable portion of this. Avid gamers who want to make money from eSports often struggle to find out how to get into it, though.
This is why this guide is going to show you how you can get into eSports as a player.
Start with Twitch
Twitch is the leading online streaming platform for gaming. It has 10 million active daily users tuning in. Only YouTube tops it when it comes to streaming. You should start by watching Twitch because this is going to show you the skill level of professional eSports players and the games that are acquiring the big endorsements right now.
I have a Twitch account myself and have streamed live once so far. It is a great experience and watching the other players is quite interesting as well. It amazes me that some players are actually able to make a good income on Twitch.
Yousif Al-Dujaili of Play Dribble says, “If you’ve never been involved in eSports, watching Twitch regularly will show you the skill level of players & what games are in the right now.”
In short, this is your introduction to the world of eSports. It’s not the same as casual gaming.
Go to eSports Events
One of the reasons why eSports is so much different from casual gaming is that if you want to make the big money you have to be able to perform in front of an online and offline audience. Al-Dujaili recommends, “Go to eSports events. League of Legends is the biggest eSports game in the world and they host huge tournaments for the best eSports teams.”
By becoming a fan you’ll get an insight into how it all works and the atmosphere you’ll have to contend with at the professional level.
The third step is to start practicing. You’re never going to get noticed or invited to a team if you’re not good at the game. I recommend starting off with League of Legends. It’s the easiest game to get into and it’s constructed in a way so that everyone can easily learn it.
But don’t just play like any casual gamer. Al-Dujaili, who’s the head of growth at Dribble, recommends that you, “Use Dojo Madness to help you – it’s like a personal trainer for gaming.”
How Do You Get Paid?
The amounts you can earn from eSports are crazy. Take the top eSports player in the world. It’s currently American Saahil Arora and he has taken home close to $3 million just from tournaments. This may not include other undeclared endorsements and other activities.
The main ways to get paid are:
- Getting sponsored (we’ll get to that in a minute).
- Winning tournaments.
- Leveraging a strong social media presence.
- Regular streaming.
Most of the top eSports players are doing a combination of things because big tournament wins don’t come along every day. You need to earn a consistent income.
If you are serious about making an income from eSports, Endorse.gg is a great platform that allows you to make real money by getting brand sponsorships.
Not all eSports tournaments are offline tournaments. Many of them are online tournaments. They may be local, regional, national, or international. Entering these tournaments and performing well as you improve will increase your notoriety and allow you to qualify for bigger tournaments.
This is ultimately how you get invited to big eSports teams and how you increase your online exposure. Remember that eSports players aren’t just gamers they’re personalities.
Become a Brand
Merchandise, online streams, and big social media events are just some of the ways in which eSports players pay the rent between big wins. It’s best to start building your brand from the very beginning. When you’re practicing do it on a live stream via Twitch or YouTube instead. You’ll get your practice and get subscribers at the same time. You can then make a little money from the ads.
This is the foundation of getting noticed. Remember that until you’re good enough to play at a major offline tournament you’ll need to suffice with leveraging the online world.
With eSports expected to be a $1.49 billion industry by 2020, you have a lot of competition.
So How Much Can You Expect to Make?
This is where it gets tricky because it depends entirely where your income is coming from. It also depends whether you’re part of a team or you decide to go solo. AND it depends on the game you’re playing. A 1v1 fighting game like Street Fighter is never going to pay as much as Defense of the Ancients 2, for example.
Let’s take a look at the League of Legends Championship Series. Based on 2014, handbook, players can earn $450 per match over a 28-match season. However, this is just the minimum and many players who have won endorsements get paid far more.
Last Word – What’s eSports All About?
You need the right game, you need the right brand, and you need to make it a lifestyle. It’s all about practice, training drills, and learning from your mistakes. As for what you can make, it’s almost impossible to provide a figure because most teams don’t reveal salaries and most gamers are silent on how much they REALLY make.
But keep in mind that you must be in this for the long haul and success will only come with time.
Do you want to become a professional eSports player?