How To Succeed In Esports

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How To Succeed In Esports

You are a talented player, and you could do as good – if not better – than some of the pros out there…

Or maybe, you are just wondering if playing video games can be a real job. Luckily, you can make a living playing esports. But the road to being a professional is a long and tough one! Here are 7 tips to help you succeed in esports.

Focus on your goal

The key to success is dedication. If you are looking for how to succeed in esports, chances are you already have a goal. Make sure it is realistic, and don’t forget to break it into smaller milestones you can easily achieve. Having a vision of what you want to achieve will make it easier to commit to the grind.

Upgrade your gear

If you can afford it, upgrading your gear can tremendously help with your gameplay. Replacing your old mouse, keyboard, headset or even chair can improve your arm position. These seemingly small changes can make the difference in the ladder and allow you to get scouted during competitive games in the higher ranks.

Check your replays

Taking an outside look at your gameplay is always insightful. It is easier to spot mistakes, such as wrong positioning or lack of game sense. This is why you may think a pro isn’t as good as he pretends to be – having an outside look is always more critical. You don’t feel the pressure of the situation, can pause whenever you want and take the time you need to check how you can improve.


You might be the best player in the world, if you are playing all by yourself no one will ever notice you. Find a team, play with and against others to learn their strengths and weaknesses. The broader view you have on the game, the better you can adapt to situations.

Compete against other players

Join a local LAN or an online tournament to challenge your skills against other players. Each game, whether a win or a loss, will give you more experience for the next one. Plus, if you do well during a tournament, you could get scouted by a team and start your esports career. No matter your results, you will meet many people and make friends along the way. And if you don’t feel like competing that day, you can check out esports betting platforms for additional entertainment.

Own your mistakes

If you really want to make it in esports, consider your own gameplay. Don’t blame others when you lose a game. Instead, consider how you could have won. Is there anything you could have done to increase your chances of winning? Identify your weakness and focus on it in the next games. There is always room for improvement, no matter your ranking. Don’t judge yourself too harshly though: defeats happen. Learn from them, and take your revenge next time.

Have fun!

Trying to succeed in esports is a challenge, so don’t forget to have fun along the way. Take breaks when you need it, switch to a funnier game mod if you feel like it. Playing should make you happy, inspired, or entertained. If you feel bored and tired of playing, it is okay to take a step back and chill for a while. Unwind, reset your mindset so you can give your best in the next game.

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How To Succeed In Esports
Ophelie Castelot
Ophelie is both an esport and journalism lover. She is the former head of the CS:GO section for a major esport website. Ophelie has been analyzing Overwatch ever since its release in 2016.