How to go pro!

av Andjela Kusmuk

One of the most common questions we get both on e-mail, pm:s and when we are out on events, is how a young player in this day and age should go about it if he or she wants to become a pro player. To help you guys as much as you can, we’ve come up with some tips and tricks to reach the pro athlete level.

  1. Practice everyday!
    Even though school should come first, it is very important to practice a lot and everyday. Malcolm Gladwell once said that an average person needs about 10 000 hours to become successful in any given field.
  2. Put up a goal!
    In order to make your practice worth while, the easiest way is to put up goals. Say that you decide to get 300 frags per day of practice. Some days it will go faster, some days slower, but you do not finish practice until you’ve done your 300 frags. This way you will quantify and concretize your goal, so that it is countable on an everyday basis.
  3. Stay patient!
    Some days it will feel like you’re stuck and not evolving. That is when it is the hardest to stay on track. What you can do then is mix it up! If you usually play with a team, try to do some mixes, try to practice something new. It will not always be easy, but as long as you have fun doing it, you will come quite far.
  4. Show yourself off!
    Some people think that they can just send an email to an organization and get a pro-player job. Usually this is NOT the case. What you need to do is get noticed by the community. A good way to do this is to join or start a small CS:GO team and attend smaller tournaments. Little by little you will work yourself up. What most people realize is that they need to start at the bottom.
  5. Involve an adult!
    The gaming industry is a very lucrative business, with a lot of people working in it, not all of whom are interested in other things than money. It is always easier to cope with if you have someone older and wiser to help you through. Involving parents or older siblings, and getting them interested in what it is you actually do, can make thinks easier. Both as a supporter in the background but also as someone who can help you should you ever come in a situation where someone is trying to rip you off.

We sincerely hope that this has helped some of you take things one step further. Best of luck!



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