Esports Athlete

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Esports is a booming digital athletic field in which some of the world’s best gamers compete on popular game titles, like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Call Of Duty. With new leagues and tournaments cropping up all over the world (particularly in Asia), driven young gamers can shoot for the elite ranks of international play. Even if they come up short, semi-pro leagues are also on the rise. Being an esports athlete requires absolute mastery of games, video game equipment, and team chemistry. It can take the form of both individuals playing or teams with multiplayers during the video game competitions and training to be an esport athlete requires many many hours of hard work; It has been said that athletes when training may around 10hours per day to practice which is partly solo practice and partly team practice – and they may practice like this for several years before becoming professional and earning from the game prize money. Usually they will have a focus on just one game in particular or one type of gaming platform, as well as also studying tactics and techniques to become even better at what they do. Therefore it is without a doubt that serious dedication is required to further your dream of becoming an esports athlete. To be professional you must be at the top of your game, literally, and on a mission to win often. Self motivation is required and sometimes it can be necessary to join a team or a gaming league to further this. When performing and playing the game it may be watched by 1000’s if not hundreds of thousands of people which means keeping a cool head, being able to play under pressure and being focused is absolutely necessary. As well as playing the game, the athlete’s job is to provide entertainment to spectators with their in depth knowledge or the sport through years of practice, couple with natural talent. The highest paid esports players in the world can earn millions of dollars per game, in 2018 the prize pool for ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ was $4.17M. The highest paid League of Legends player is currently Lee ‘Faker’ Sang Hyeok with an overall gamer salary of $ 897,818.98 (earned prize money)!

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