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The Beginner’s Guide to Participating in Your First eSports Tournament

The Beginner’s Guide to Participating in Your First eSports Tournament

If you’re a video game enthusiast, being a pro player has probably crossed your mind once or twice. Indeed, earning big bucks while playing your favorite game sounds like a dream. There’s also the potential of traveling all over the world to compete at international tournaments with even bigger prizes— often in the realm of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Of course, before you reach this level, you have to start at the beginning. This includes overcoming the hurdle of joining your first eSports tournament. Here are some tips to make the most of the experience and get better over time so you can eventually join the big leagues:

Specialize in One Game

As a casual gamer, it’s perfectly fine to play a wide range of games. However, if you want to become good enough to compete, you need to specialize in one game. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t play other games, of course. However, because you need to get really good in order to win competitions, you’ll definitely be pouring a lot of time into that one game.

To help you decide which game you want to be a pro at, evaluate your strengths and preferences. For example, if you’re more of a team player, then Dota 2 or Overwatch should be right up your alley. Meanwhile, if you’re the solo-gamer type, perhaps PUBG is best suited for your style.

It’s also important to think of the equipment you’re going to need to be able to practice. If you can’t afford a PC or console, you can try mobile games. Mobile Legends, in particular, has an active community and competitive gaming scene. Finally and most importantly, choose a game you love and truly enjoy playing.

Invest in Your Gaming Account

A lot of games are free but have content that’s only accessible by buying them (aka “freemium” games). Thus, if you want to get good at these games, you need to invest in your personal gaming account and buy new heroes, stronger weapons, and the like. You can do this by making a direct purchase through the game’s interface or by getting gaming pins through your e-wallet. The latter is a great option if you want to enjoy bonuses and discounts (which is awesome, if you’re still starting out and have limited funds).

Aside from letting you practice with a wider range of characters and equipment, making purchases can also help you customize your account. This is crucial in creating the gaming identity that will make you stand out from casual gamers.

Be Strict About Practice

The only way to get good at a game is to play, play, play. In fact, professional gamers who are already extremely skilled continue to practice for about 12 to 14 hours, six days a week. If you want to be on their level, then you need to commit to the same kind of training.

Aside from playing the game to practice, it’s also a good idea to read strategy guides and watch professional streams. Consider reviewing the plays made during competitions as well, so you can pick up winning tactics.

Of course, you shouldn’t forget your physical health while you level up your gaming skills. Exercise, eat a balanced diet, and get enough sleep. The latter is particularly important, since your reflexes will be affected if you aren’t well-rested.

Play With Other Gamers

Games meant to be played competitively have an AI feature, where you can compete with pre-programmed settings (usually Easy, Normal, and Hard). This is good for mastering the basics; to get truly good on a tournament-ready level, however, you need to play with actual players. You can do this by joining gamer groups on social media.

There are also websites where they match you up with other gamers. These online services also conduct occasional tournaments, so you can really get a feel of what it’s like to play in a competition.

Join a Team or Gaming Network

At the beginning, while you’re still practicing and building your gaming identity and presence, it’s okay to go at it alone. Eventually, however, you’re going to need to be a part of a team or gaming network. This makes a lot of things so much easier for you, particularly when it comes to practicing with high-level players.

What’s more, professional esports teams have connections that will make it easier for you to join tournaments. They can even help get you equipped with better gaming gear. Finally, being part of a gaming network surrounds you with people who are as passionate as you are. They can help motivate you and push you to become better.

Last but certainly not the least, don’t give up! It can be admittedly difficult to break into the professional esports scene, but as with anything worthwhile, you need to put in the work. Just be patient and your hard work will pay off.


About The Author

Raymund Ravanera is an accomplished and experienced graphic designer with almost 20 years of creative expertise working in the graphic design industry. He loves the latest gadgets, food and movies. Currently, he owns and manages megabites.com.ph, an online technology and lifestyle blog since 2015.

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