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Video games have come a long way. They’ve moved from being a bedroom affair to a fully-fledged sport. Also, high schools have finally allowed eGames into their curriculum. And experts predict eSports will be in the Olympics by 2050.
Is Esports a Good Idea?
The short answer is yes. Talented gamers can win college scholarships, but the big money is at the professional level.
For instance, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins earns a whopping £500 000 a month playing Dota 2. Then there’s “Universal” who makes six figures per tournament.
Is Esport Bad for the Body?
Well, gaming involves sitting for a minimum of eight hours a day. That poses a lot of health risks such as heart disease, some cancers and diabetes. There’s also the risk of suffering collapsed lungs for holding the breath for too long. However, these can be fixed by doing regular exercise and taking frequent breaks from sitting.
Which Equipment is Needed to Play Esports?
You only need a PS4 or Xbox One to play seriously, but that is often not the ideal setup for a professional player. You will need a gaming PC (expensive), a headset, a big monitor, a special keyboard, and game controllers.
On average, the entire set up will set you back £1 500 to £2 000. But that’s a small price to pay considering the reward.
Can You Make a Living From eSports?
Definitely, but it takes time.
Most professional gamers say game training is brutal. You have to practice 12 hours a day to win big games. Still, you can make YouTube content for the gaming niche, sell gaming gear online or run a blog to make money on the side.
Esports is here to stay. They are getting overwhelming support from game developers and the public, and that is everything the industry needs to grow. So, if you’re looking to be part of something great, this is it.