I think it might be every guy’s dream (and increasingly the dream of many girls as well): getting paid to play video games for a living. Forget training to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer: for far less money (no college degree necessary), you can train yourself to earn big bucks playing games on your PC, Xbox One or Playstation 4. In a few years the Superbowl itself my pale in comparison to some eSports tournaments and finals; people are already filling arenas and tuning in online in droves to watch the world’s best video gamers go head-to-head, battling for prizes that can earn them millions of dollars per year. But even if you don’t rocket into the upper echelons of gaming, you can potentially earn a steady salary as part of a sponsored team (in the $25-50k per year range). Or you can stream games from home and earn money off of ads and/or donations. And who knows, maybe all your experience will someday suit you to be the next Bobby Kotick (Activision Blizzard’s CEO; responsible for developing StarCraft, a very popular game among pros).
So are you wondering how to become a pro gamer? Or which games are the most popular (or can earn you the most money)? Are you looking to get on the fast track to earning a video gaming salary or sponsorship? Well you’re in the right place. In this roundup I’ve collected everything you need to get started as a professional gamer — from articles with the best how to information to places you can watch gamers who have already achieved legendary status t0 a few random resources you’d never find on your own.
Where to watch and stream eSports
- Twitch – The original eSports streaming platform.
- YouTube Gaming – Google’s Twitch competitor looks really great.
- Azubu – No general gaming here… competitive gaming only.
- Mobcrush – Twitch, but for mobile gaming.
- Kamcord – Another way to watch mobile games live.
Best games geared for eSports
Can’t miss eSports resources
- Instant eSports – Like ESPN for eSports, on your phone. Get realtime stats, the latest news and match reminders.
- theScore eSports – An iPhone app for tracking everything eSports.
- /r/esports – The eSports subreddit where you can track discussion of the eSports industry as a whole.
- Abios – eSports calendar with notifications. Track eSports matches and events from all your favorite games.
Best eSports gaming gear: controllers, headphones, mice, keyboards, etc.
- Amazon Video Games – It’s hard to beat Amazon’s prices. I’d check here first for consoles, games and accessories.
- Newegg Video Games – Especially great for PC gamers (and can’t hurt to compare prices).
- BestBuy Video Games – For when you want to check prices online but buy locally today.
Best articles on eSports for beginners
- What are eSports? A beginner’s guide to pro gaming (Trusted Reviews)
- What it’s like to be a professional gamer (Telegraph)
- Here’s the insane training schedule of a 20-something professional gamer (Business Insider)
- How to become a League of Legends pro gamer (Red Bull)
- How to become a professional video game player (USA Today)