So you think you’re good enough… You think you’ve got what it takes to go head to head with the worlds best and come out victorious? Or maybe you don’t, maybe you’re not at this level of confidence yet but you have a DREAM! Either way the below guide takes you through the basics and could be the beginning of an extremely lucrative career for you… Don’t forget me when you’re at the TOP!
1 WHERE DO YOU START!?
Here! You are exactly where you need to be right now. You found this page because you’re researching. Keep doing it! you’re dedicated to this and you need to exhaust every avenue of information at your disposal. Don’t stop at this guide, scour the internet and find as many guides as you can, until you have a “game plan” more on that later!
2 STAY IN YOUR LANE
who are you? In the gaming world that is. Have you got a following on the internet? Are you known for your epic skillz in a certain game or maybe a few different games? USE THAT AUTHORITY (more on authority below). For the sake of this list I’m going to assume you’re a noob with a dream so what do I mean by stay in you lane? You need to accept that there’s a long way to go, and that you need to get your head down practice and work for this goal and begin building a following.
3 GAIN AUTHORITY
okay so you’ve been practicing you are sick at your chosen genre or game, now what? How the HELL do you get noticed? you need to begin building your brand. You probably have your own alias within games already. If you don’t you need to make one so you are identifiable wherever and whatever you play.
Lets assume your name in games is ProGee (no idea why, stick with me) begin by making social media accounts, twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (YES LinkedIn is a for business professionals but you want to build a CV that can show yourself as a professional gamer right?) stream your practice on Twitch and interact with any audience you get. Post your best moments on YouTube. the key here is that all of these accounts are linked to the same gamer name (@ProGee)
When you stream or share a video post it on the social sites! interact with people, follow people who have the same goals! You’d be surprised how many people get to the top by just knowing the right people, or a lot of people!
4 MONETIZE YOUR AUDIENCE
THIS IS KEY! By now you’re probably trying to balance a full time job with all your social commitments and you’re going to NEED the extra finances. Don’t sweat it though, making money from viewers and followers is actually REALLY easy… and you can make a lot of it! Start by monetizing YouTube videos and twitch streams with Google AdSense or something similar.
You literally get paid because the viewers who watch your videos see an ad… you get paid even more when they click! the next step is writing sponsored tweets or Facebook posts… If you haven’t already had a sponsor pick you out how do you find one?
5 AFFILIATES AND SPONSORSHIP’S
Okay we need to go back to step 2 here, “stay in your lane” unless you’ve managed to mass millions of followers the likes of EA, Bungie or Red bull (big giant brand names) aren’t going to be interested in you yet, its always worth a shot but you’d likely be wasting your time contacting them, unless you know someone inside! (LinkedIn could help you find them)
This isn’t the end of the road though, search for smaller brands, startup companies and be humble, maybe they cant pay you a large sum, you might even have to lay down an offer in the form of “you can be my sponsor, I’ll wear or use your brand and you don’t have to pay me, just share all my content, videos, streams etc”
This sounds shit right? no money!? after all this hard work!? NO, WRONG! You need to look at it from this angle. You look more credible to bigger brands if you’re already sponsored by someone else, it can even help you negotiate higher rates. And if you can get them to share your content you’re going to reach BIGGER audiences – Hit us up we might even sponsor you!
affiliates are a little easier, just google a brand or name you like e.g (CD Keys Affiliates) they are game selling company, you’ll see that you can sign up pretty quickly and receive a link you can send to followers or friends, whenever they buy a game through your link you get money!
ARE YOU READY?
As I said at the start this by no means a definitive list and the ONLY way to go about things. But this is a strong start. Focus on these goals, set yourself a realistic dead line and when you’re ready come back and find out what the next steps you should take are (Im working on that post so ill smash a link in here)