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Professional Gamer

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Professional Gamer

Pro Gamer
Enjoy playing games. Been playing all my life
It's a unique job, and many don't realize that it actually is one
It's a job that I would love doing
History
Competitive gaming has existed almost as long as video games themselves. Early on, a lot of that competition took the form of friends challenging each other to best their high scores, but it didn't take long for organized tournaments to begin popping up.
People
There isn't an approximate number of pro gamers in the world, but there's roughly around 2.9 million pro gamers in Canada.
Duties
Duties pro gamers have are...
Practice (6-8 hours a day working on their skills)
Studying & Homework- Not necessarily talking about school, but watching other pro gamers and themselves, and making improvements. Gamers spend hours working on the littlest movements to perfect them
Community- This means spending some time with your fans, and giving them some entertainment. As well, if your on a team, working on communication is very important to practice on too
Qualifications
From 2006 to 2016, the average percentage for male gamers is 58% and female is 42%
Education & Related Fields

Earnings
Nature & Career Advancement
Surprise Slide & Final Reflection

1980-1990
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Atari held the first video game competition, the "Space Invaders Tournament", in 1980. It attracted more than ten thousand participants. This tournament, and others to come in the following years, sowed the seeds of what would eventually become eSports. By the time the 1990s came around, tournaments for arcade and console games had become increasingly common
1990-2000
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The 1990s was the rise of PC gaming, and along with it came the first true eSports competitions. Tournaments like the 1997's "Red Annihilation" and Cyber-Athlete Professional League started hosting tournaments, with prizes like a Ferrari or $15,000. At this time, most eSports focused on first person shooters, sports games, and arcade-style games.
2000-now: The Flourishing of eSports
eSports truly started to come into its own, with the rise of both popular tournaments and the games that now make up the backbone of the eSports world. In 2000 saw the launch of the World Cyber Games and the Electronic Sports World Cup, which were both major international tournaments that were continuously held each year. They helped set the tone for the kind of big name tournaments that have come to define the eSports world.
Major League Gaming (MLG) launched in 2002 and is now the largest and most successful of the eSports leagues. MLG was also the first tournament to be televised in North America, with a 2006 “Halo 2”, though it did not succeed in establishing a major television presence. Most eSports tournaments, is primarily viewed online, and it draws huge numbers. The 2012 spring championship brought in over four million viewers, even beating real sporting events, like the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
Pro gamers are usually around the ages of 20-25, but they start when they're about 18
When it comes to health, pro gamers sit and play for roughly 8-10 hours per day. This isn't healthy, and so they're encouraged to stay active, or at least get some physical activity. Although, their mental health is in top shape. Their reaction time, motor skill, competitiveness and emotions are always working to the best of their ability. Pro gamers can be compared to elite athletes due the amount of focus and practice that is needed to be the best.
Some traits pro gamers have are fairness, independence, intelligence, persistence, dutifulness, encouragement, reliability, helpfulness, and much more. Learning styles are different for each gamer, but it's either your a visual or auditory learner if your a gamer.
Current employment rates are fair. They're are more and more people getting into the field of gaming, however, it's not that simple. You can't simply play games. You need to be good enough to qualify and continue your work. I feel like the employment trend will increase over the years because pro gaming is becoming more and more popular, and with technology always advancing, it will only make it more appealing. Related jobs would be game developer, game artist, game designer, and many more.
Pro gamers spend about 6-8 hours of practicing everyday. Also, if they decide to stream game play, depending on their schedule, hours are just about the same length, if not more
Experience isn't mandatory, but if you do have some then it will be helpful. When it comes to pro gaming, some people are just not cut out. Yes they could be good, but when your up against the pros. It's a different story. You must requires physical and mental skill. It simply isn't possible for everyone, no matter how much they may practice.
To be a pro gamer, a high school diploma is all that is required. Skills you must possess are responsibility, time management, flexibility, teamwork, maturity, focus, patience, and dedication
The two common ways to enter this careers is to either try out for professional gaming organization or get noticed by a gaming organization and get an offer
There isn't any required courses for this career, however, if you have some knowledge on computers and computer skills. It will help you
Tuition for becoming a pro gamer isn't the problem. Some gamers stop school right after high school. However, buying all the right equipment is expensive. Pro gamers need a Gaming PC which cost around $1,265, headsets which costs about $200, controllers which cost about $50, and much more equipment like micro-phones or web cams
Game Designer:
Are an important part of a comprehensive team of designers and developers that coordinate the complex task of creating a new video game.
Game designers have duties like designing characters, levels, puzzles, art and animation. They may also write code, using various computer programming languages.

Game Developers:
Game developers, more specifically known as video game developers or video game designers, are software developers and engineers who create video games.
Game developers may be involved in various aspects of a game's creation from concept and story writing to the coding and programming.
Beginning-$25,000
Average-50-60K
Popular Pro Gamers can earn about $200,000-$400,000
Exceptional Salary Range- $42,000-$118,00
Pro gamers can earn money in more than one way. They can stream, get sponsorships, and win tournaments. The more you do, the more money you'll receive
Some benefits other than salary would be playing video games as a job, establishing a loyal fan base, respect from other gamers, profession in that field of work, and acknowledgment from game developers
Some hazards would be lack of sleep, health problems, cost of equipment, and the amount of travel
Besides working as a pro gamer, pro gamers can set up accounts on YouTube or Twitch, where they live stream their game play or upload videos. They can get subscribers, and they can donate money to them. This helps pro gamers stay in touch with their fans, and the fans get some entertain in return.
I would absolutely be interested in a future career as a pro gamer because playing games for money seems like a dream come true. I'll be able to create a name for myself in the eSports world, along with a fan base, and I'll be getting big amounts of money for my success. Being a pro gamer requires a lot of practice and dedication, but being able to entertain millions of gamers worldwide. It seems crazy, but I'd love to give back to the gaming community. Being a pro gamer is nothing short than being a pro athlete.
Information Sources
www.hongkiat.com/blog/professional-gaming-career/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESports
www.theverge.com/2014/7/21/5919973/inside-the-life-of-a-pro-gamer
https://iq.intel.com/want-pro-gamer/
onlinefanatic.com › Gaming
www.insidejobs.com/careers/professional-gamer
www.majorleaguegaming.com/careers
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