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For many of us, being an eSports superstar is a dream job. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play their favorite games and rake in piles of cash at the same time? Not to mention getting sponsorship deals for big cash, awesome gaming hardware, clothing, and the all the rest. However, it’s just not that easy. You can’t just download LoL or SCII and be earning millions in a few short hours. It just doesn’t work that way. For many people, even seasoned gamers, breaking into eSports is hard – and lots of people simply don’t know where to start. SO – we thought we’d give you a bit of an overview of just where to start and how to get noticed.
Try Some Games
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The first thing you need to do is to try out some games. Regardless of which game is currently the most fashionable, you need to find a game you enjoy. If you love the game you’re playing, you’ll be more engaged with it and better at it. If you don’t want to download or purchase loads of different games when you first start, the best thing you can do is go and watch some. Watch some esports like StarCraft2, League of Legends, Diablo, CS:GO, SMITE, Dota2, or Hearthstone. Get a feel for the style and purpose of each game and, from there, whittle down the list to just a few games you’d like to try.
Play around with your chosen games and decide which ones you want to focus on. Just remember not to spread yourself too thin. Focus on just one or two esports to improve faster.
Tychus Findlay – Credit Blizzard Entertainment
Get a Channel
Nobody will know who you are if they can’t see you play – so signup for DingIt and get yourself a broadcasting channel where people can watch you play. Even if you’re a complete noob, being able to broadcast is crucial. Plus, as you get more viewers and followers, they’ll help you along, giving you useful advice, tactics, and info to help you progress. As an added bonus, you can take advantage of our awesome incentive program, available to gamers of all levels!
Play, Play, Play
Practice is crucial. Put in as many hours as you can and your skills will improve. Work hard and hone your skills.
There’s a couple of ways to get yourself noticed – and you should utilize all of them.
- Build your brand – get yourself all over the forums and social media sites – but do it all under your chosen gamer name – that way people can find you.
- Be friendly and outgoing and interact with your followers – it’ll encourage them to remain loyal.
- Set up a blog or website detailing your journey from complete noob to superstar. Update it regularly and use it to host your broadcasting schedule. You can also use your site as a your platform for asking for donations and sponsorship and even keep videoss of your absolute favorite matches.
- Interact with other gamers – network with them – ask them for advice, give them a shout out on social media – post useful comments on their blogs, tune into their feeds – this draws attention to you and gives more publicity to the people you network with and, in turn, they’ll likely return the favor.
As you get a feel for your game or games of choice, start competing. The sooner you start competing, the sooner you’ll get noticed! When you’re first starting out, your best best is to go for small tournaments or those with novice categories. As you begin to win matches and move up through competitions, or even just play well and show potential, you’ll start to draw attention. You can also hold show matches – a single match against another gamer – if both of you promote it well, it’ll draw plenty of viewers who may well turn into loyal followers.
– Katy Willis