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HOW TO BECOME A BETTER ESPORTS PLAYER

By Lauren Dunmore

Remember when your parents used to rag on you for playing too many video games? And remember when they said you were wasting your life away in front of a screen and you should really start thinking about pursuing a steady career? Well times are changing and professional esports is a booming industry where top players earn millions in cash prizes and sponsorships. Established players can even join a team and earn a steady salary of $3k to $5k per month. Sounds pretty lucrative, right?

Well if you want in on making an enviable salary, living your dreams, and most importantly, proving your parents wrong, then you will need to learn how to do two things; improve your gaming skills and secure a following on Twitch (or another popular streaming platform like Mixer or Youtube).  

Your journey to success will be long and hard, but follow these tips and we’re sure you’ll rise to the top in no time.

EAT, SLEEP, and BREATH YOUR GAME

 

Like mother always said, practice makes perfect. In the competitive world of esports, you really have to be committed to improving your gameplay. This means, like any aspiring pro-athlete, you should be spending the bulk of your days practicing, analyzing the performance of your competitors, and watching replays to understand where your performance is lacking. If you’re not actively gaming then you should be on the web engaging with gaming-related content that will help you level up your game.

YOUR HEALTH MATTERS

 

Esports players aren’t exactly known for being world-class athletes, but we’re here to tell you that the South Park stereotype of the WoW addicted, junk food crazy gamer with a penchant for the couch is misguided. Just like with any competitive sport, gaming requires endurance and unbreakable focus. To get a leg up, many top esports players train like professional athletes, hitting the gym on a regular basis and sticking to a healthy diet. Most esports teams have a private chef on staff and a personal trainer, realizing that making the right choices around exercise and diet can help them avoid mental burnout or health problems that could hurt their performance.

If you don’t have the resources to hire a chef and want to spend your time playing not cooking, there are other options. For example, you could check out the Next Level Meal from Runtime. Designed by gamers for gamers, the Next Level Meal combines all of the nutrients of a fully balanced meal but takes only 60 seconds to prepare. But this isn’t your run of the mill ready-to-drink meal. The Next Level Meal uses a special formula packed with ingredients that will improve your focus and endurance so you can step up your esports game. Check it out here.

GET YOUR BUTT KICKED (LIKE A LOT)

 

 

Losing sucks, plain and simple. But there is value in playing against and being defeated by better players. Bill Gates had it right when he said that success is a lousy teacher. It’s only through losing that we learn how to win. So when you get your butt kicked the 1000th time, don’t despair. Instead take notes on how and why you lost, what your opponent did to best you, and how not to make the same mistakes in the next round.

So you’re the greatest Overwatch player in the world now? You overthrew Bang JJoNak Seong-hyun without breaking a sweat, and now you’re looking to share your talents with the world? First of all, you’re welcome for the crazy effective tips. But we knew you had it in you all along. Now that you’ve taken your gameplay to the next level, we imagine you’re looking to monetize your talents. We recommend taking a look into Twitch, the online platform that allows gamers to livestream and engage with their followers.

Players on Twitch can make a respectable income based on donations from followers, paid subscriptions, ad revenue, and sponsorships. Last year streamer Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang revealed that he makes about $20,000 a month from streaming alone. To help you achieve Wang like success, we compiled all of the best tips about making it big on Twitch from our favorite streamers.

Follow these simple tips if you’re serious about ditching your 9-5 and taking it to the next level on Twitch.

PROMOTE YOURSELF ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

 

In today’s world, social media is king. The best way to promote your Twitch channel is to promote yourself on various social channels like Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter. These platforms are a great way to connect with fans and attract new followers. Just make sure your content is interesting! Create your own unique personality and visual identity to attract viewers. And don’t just use these platforms to make streaming announcements. Share details about your life, give followers valuable tips, be funny and insightful. Remember that anything you post on these platforms will become your personal brand, so make sure to put a lot of thought and consideration into everything you post. The better your online presence is, the more fans you’ll be able to attract and direct to your Twitch channel.

LEARN FROM THE BIG GUYS

Figure out why people are drawn to streamers like Bikeman, DrDisrespect, and Ninja. They aren’t just talented players, they are fun to watch. All three have created funny relatable online personas that stand out on Twitch. Understand what makes other streamers successful and apply these learnings to your own channel.

CREATE A COMMUNITY

Be yourself in real life, online you need to create a magnetic persona. Sure, being a talented League of Legends player is cool and all, but if you want people to keep coming back for more, become someone they want to engage with. Just make sure to choose a personality and stick with it. Continuity is important when establishing any kind of online presence because audiences appreciate authenticity and inconsistency can make you appear ingenuine.

Your viewers also want frequent interaction, so acknowledge their messages during your stream, respond to their comments on social media, and create fun content on different platforms that inspires conversation. Remember that people aren’t online just to watch you battle epic monsters, they are searching for a community of like-minded people. It’s your job to create the kind of community that people want to be a part of.

BE CONSISTENT

To be successful on Twitch, you have to steam frequently and consistently. It is important that your followers know when to tune in, so create a schedule and stick to it. This is a pretty easy way to promote trust among your viewers and encourage more traffic. You will also need to commit to being online frequently. This will give more viewers the opportunity to discover you which in turn will help you achieve a higher ranking in Twitch’s search results. Aim to stream for 3-4 hours a day when you first get started. If you’re looking to make this a full-time job, then we suggest streaming for 5-10 hours a day. Put simply, if you’re not streaming, you’re not making money or gaining followers.

If you ever find yourself feeling lethargic and in need of a powerup, check out the Performance Drink or OP Shot from Runtime. Both will provide you with the kick you need to get through those long streaming sessions with ease. No sugar crash guaranteed!

TRACK AND ANALYZE YOUR PROGRESS

We recommend consistently tracking and analyzing your performance. Use Twitch’s built-in performance dashboard to keep track of follower growth, peak viewers, and hours watched.

Keep a close eye on your performance to evaluate your growth and use services like socialblade to see how other streamers rank. The only way to ensure that your content is engaging and attracting viewers is to refine and improve your strategy.

Follower growth won’t happen overnight, but you can greatly speed up the process by being aware of what works and what doesn’t.

So there you have it. Our complete guide to becoming a better esports player and making it big on Twitch. If you forget everything you’ve read today, I hope you’ll remember thisgaming is just like any other sport, you need the right fuel to beat the competition. Imagine a marathon runner eating a whole pizza and fries before a racehe would probably still do better than any of us could (also yum pizza) but he would probably struggle to perform his best. Give yourself your best shot and try a Runtime product. We’ve designed a suite of food and drinks to improve your esports performance and help you reach the next level. Get a performance boost here.

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