Do you want to be a paid pro gamer?

Do you want to be a paid pro gamer?
When I was growing up being a professional gamer was a dream, a pipe dream at that. But over the past couple of years, I have seen the rise of the paid gamer. Honestly, I wish I would have stuck it out and kept going. I'm good but was never world class, I never trained enough. Still, if I had put in the time I could be one of the weaker legs on a solid team. But enough about my past, have you ever thoughts about going pro?

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Nemanja
I have always wanted to become one. In my country, it's hard though. Hardware is expensive, there are not many good players to form a team with and family is not really supportive of such a goal. Prizepools in DOTA2 these days are ridiculous, from 3 million dollars at Majors to 20+ million dollars at The International. Given that i am not getting any younger, and my PC is still not nearly as good as i need it to be, i'd say that that dream is pretty much dead now. I can always dream :D I can still try and hope to become a twitch streamer.
Posted by Nemanja on 06-07-2017
mattmattics
Yeah, I never really wanted to get into CPU gaming because of those very reasons. While console pros exist the PC is where the big money lives. If I would have got a monster PC I could have been good at it but it would have eaten a bulk of time from the rest of my life. It's a dream that has passed me by, but it is cool that it's a real lifestyle now.
Posted by mattmattics on 06-08-2017
galegatling
You nailed it. In my country, parents are not supportive when it comes to video games. They keep yelling at us saying that it's a waste of time and money because when we were younger, we would go to computer shops and rent PCs just to play our favorite games. It was Ragnarok back then and we really enjoyed it. Now I've seen some success on the game on this thing they so called Real Money Trading.
Posted by galegatling on 08-01-2017
kataomoi
No, thank you.

I've never wanted to be a professional (paid) gamer. I mean, I like playing games, but I can't see it as my occupation. I don't like the thought of just sitting in front of my computer playing games all day. It doesn't make me feel very productive.. of course, it'd be fun, but fun isn't enough for me. I want to do something that'll make a difference and I don't think playing games is one of them. I'm not against playing games and I love to play games when I have free time, but it's not my ideal occupation. I feel like there's so much more I could do and it'd be a waste if I just played games.
Posted by kataomoi on 06-07-2017
Corzhens
My nephew is also a gamer and he wants to be a pro player but only in dreams because he admits that he is not very good in gaming. Besides, he has a good job in the bank that he cannot sacrifice just to pursue his ambition to be a pro gamer. I have nothing against gaming but for now I don’t see it as a stable source of income so I want the younger generation to concentrate on their studies.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-10-2018
Mehano
No. I never wanted to be one even though that I am a gamer and that I love playing different sort of games. I think that being a professional gamer is much harder than most people assume. They don't realize how many things you have to give up in order to potentially become one. Especially now that every young girl/boy would love to get paid to play. The competition in all the games has gone up by a lot in the recent years. You often get recruited very young and have to stop your education during and dedicate the majority of your every day to playing one single game. On top of that, add various wrist injuries and more. Being a professional gamer isn't easy.

I couldn't see myself playing one game for 10+ hours per day every day for years. I would get bored within a month and just wanted to quit. I enjoy switching games around and playing without any external pressure.
Posted by Mehano on 06-07-2017
Jonathan Solomon
To be honest, no, it's never been an interest of mine to become a paid professional gamer.

The idea of becoming a professional gamer seems simple. However, its a lot more complex than you think. If it was that easy, a lot of my friends I grew up with who are unemployed today, would be professional gamers now. Also, this is an idea that's kind of been flooded. As too many people have already tried and succeeded (though most failed) the idea of becoming a paid pro gamer. Personally, I would prefer to become a professional game developer. I think there's a lot more revenue and return on investment with that career, compared to the other end of just playing the games themselves.

I would much rather put my time, energy, and money into something with a bit more substance as a career too.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 06-07-2017
mattmattics
Game development is a great career path, I wanted to write for video games and totally forgot that. Thanks for bringing that up.
Posted by mattmattics on 06-08-2017
lexcion
I bet most people who have played a competitive game have considered trying to "pro" at least once. The matter of fact is that being a professional gamer is extremely hard and a rigorous process. The best players in League or CSGO have to play at least 10 hours a day straight repeatedly practicing routines and reflexes. Most pros probably hate the game since its such a grueling process. It's basically the same as being a pro basketball player so don't do it.
Posted by lexcion on 06-07-2017
TheArticulate
I enjoy playing video games occasionally, but I don't have enough of a passion for them to be a paid pro gamer. Nor am I good enough at one single game to be one. I can barely stand to play one game for a couple hours in a day before I either get tired, or think I should be doing something other than on the computer/console. For this reason, I don't think I could dedicate all the time required to keep my skills up in a game in order to be a professional at it.
Posted by TheArticulate on 06-07-2017
AlexHarris
Yeah, I'd probably pass on that as well. The appeal of games to me is playing comfortably at home with friends. If you were a pro gamer it would turn from pleasure to torture just that fast. In some cases (League of Legends) you can't be in a relationship and be a pro gamer at the same time which I can understand, but I still feel it is a bit unreasonable. Everything turns from fun to fungus when someone's telling you to do it.
Posted by AlexHarris on 06-08-2017
Golden Geek
It takes talent to be a paid pro gamer. And I may sound like I'm hard on myself, but I'm really bad at games, even if I enjoy them. My strategy with fighting games is button-mashing, and I basically win sometimes out of dumb luck. I struggle on the "easy" mode of RPGs. I have to use walkthroughs for kids' games.
Posted by Golden Geek on 06-08-2017
Zyni
I used to think it would be great to make a living playing games. Now, I think it might just take some of the fun out of gaming. That is if it were sponsored play under tons of rules and stuff.

These days, you can make money yourself gaming. Do some streaming, throw in some ads, and go for it. You probably won't get rich, but you can make some cash. You don't have to be a world class player to get a youtube channel or be seen on Twitch.
Posted by Zyni on 06-08-2017
BeardedMamba
Yes, I wanted to become one. Until I realized I'm not that talented in gaming, it would have been the dream. You get paid for competing and playing a game that you like. Being a pro game isn't easy, you spend almost all of your time for practice to get better and you need to commit to it.
Posted by BeardedMamba on 06-09-2017
Linen
As far as "jobs that let you play games all the time" I think even being a tester would be more fulfilling and enjoyable than having to constantly train my skills and strategies in order to remain competitive. eSports are the big new thing and it's definitely growing in popularity but I don't know how long this can truly keep on growing. This is also a job where only the cream of the crop will get enough to live purely off of their skill, and quite frankly? I prefer playing RPGs, puzzle games and other things like that. Competitive gaming only truly exists for a few particular genres and arguably only a few particular games. Even that depends a lot on support elsewhere to a degree. For an example, Smash Bros. (across the board, though I know Melee is the main game for many) is a very popular game to play at the competitive level, but it doesn't recieve any creator support.
Posted by Linen on 06-13-2017
timstargraal
Yes, probably my dream job. Why? Because gaming has always been something I do, for leisure or competitively, I have always gamed. Too bad I’m never good enough to play professionally. Professionally gaming does seem like an extremely hard life though. Although all your needs are sponsored for (in most situations) it can become extremely hard if you’re not winning and it can’t be a full-time job in most cases. Though, if I was offered it, I would 100% take it.
Posted by timstargraal on 06-17-2017
simplym
It would be fun but I get a headache easily if I play games for long periods of time.
Posted by simplym on 06-25-2017
fishmonk
I wish I could be a pro gamer. I think it is an interesting job and it allows people to be competitive and be in the field of their passion. Pro gamers can earn lucrative salaries provided that they are good. I find this to be extremely challenging but I do not mind if I can be one.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-18-2017
fishmonk
I wish I could be a pro gamer. I think it is an interesting job and it allows people to be competitive and be in the field of their passion. Pro gamers can earn lucrative salaries provided that they are good. I find this to be extremely challenging but I do not mind if I can be one.
Posted by fishmonk on 08-18-2017
Soulwatcher
No, I never wanted to be a pro gamer. I had a taste of being a pro gamer when I was in a end game raiding guild on Everquest 2. The constant pressure to preform at your highest level for hours on end can be very overwhelming and stressful. And I know what your saying "but the money is really good". And truth be told no amount of money is worth your sanity. Thats why I am happy to be a causal gamer and I have no regrets.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 08-22-2017
jyy
I would enjoy doing it if - I were good at it. I mean, who wouldn't want a dream job like that? However, though, I'm not very good at gaming - in most cases, as I've only really sort of mastered Mario Galaxy and a few others.
Posted by jyy on 10-24-2017
Wubwub
I wouldn't because I have seen what they go through and I'm not that much dedicated to the craft that I want to dedicate my time and life that much to it. I think that people in that life are so dedicated and have to give their entire attention daily to only doing that and not have time for much else and I'm not that into video games that I would like to dedicate my life to it. If I were, I would consider it as long as I have a good plan on what to do because I can't just depend on winnings for my income.
Posted by Wubwub on 01-19-2018
Corzhens
I guess a pro gamer needs to have guts of steel because you are in a game of competition whether it is martial arts of war. Your dexterity is always in demand with the matching disposition on what move to make. I guess I couldn’t handle that very stressful job even when I was young because it may just ruin my nerves. For me, gaming is for entertainment and I wouldn’t enjoy a bit of it when there is the stress involved.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-01-2018
Kakashi2020
There was a time in the past when StarCraft was the "in" thing in computer gaming and there were a lot of events and competitions being held in my country. I joined several but didn't get passed the quarterfinals, but it was a great experience. But nowadays I'll live it to my kids to play and compete.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-08-2018
ion
Honestly I'm not a gamer, I don't know exactly how they earn from that. But I have a gaming account before in a bpo company but it's more on Facebook games. I think being a pro gamer, you should need a lot of training. Skipping the classes during school days is one of the training, you should need to absent or not to attend to your class and spend a lot of money and help the owner of the computer shop to become rich to become pro gamer. :) just kidding.
Posted by ion on 04-10-2018
babyright
I think if i have the ability to develop a very simple game app for both children and adult will be much better for me to make more money than being just a paid pro gamer.
Posted by babyright on 07-18-2018
mitan143
Honestly, I have dreamed to be a professional gamer one day. Being a professional gamer means that you will be paid while you played and there will be sponsors for you. But I think I lack on some skills to be a professional gamer and it will actually eat a lot of time from you because it seems like real work. You make a living by playing a game, that's how professional gamers are.
Posted by mitan143 on 09-28-2018