Create video games as a Designer, Programmer, or Artist.
The line between work and play blurs when you’re a Professional Gamer. In this career, you’re paid to play, yet the job takes the same amount of daily practice and dedication required of a Professional Athlete. If you are a natural at games, spend hours repeating the same level until you’ve mastered it, and have wicked-fast reflexes, a Professional Gamer sponsorship may be calling your name.
What does a Professional Gamer actually do? If you only play games now and then, you wouldn’t make it very far. What distinguishes a Professional Gamer from a hobbyist is the amount of time spent repeating drills over and over until you’re the fastest and the best. Whether it’s running through a level or repeatedly playing against online competitors to see who captures the other team’s base first, you’ll often find yourself practicing six to eight hours a day to keep your reflexes in tip-top condition.
Once you develop your skills and start kicking the competition to the curb, sponsors begin to take notice. Winning a major tournament or ranking highly in multiple online competitions can land you a spot competing in paying tournaments where you’ll do battle with the highest-ranking players in the game world.
Many Gamers find this is a part-time gig that simply pays the bills. Others make a full-time living off their prize winnings and from endorsing products like graphics cards or energy drinks. In this field, you take gaming to a new level.