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Electronic Sports: How To Make A Living Playing In The Cloud

Electronic Sports: How To Make A Living Playing In The Cloud

Electronic Sports: How To Make a Living Playing In the Cloud

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We all know that video games can be a great way to relax and unwind after a hard day’s work. Tooling around in a souped-up sports car, dealing death by the bucket load to vicious zombies or just helping your favorite superhero decimate the ranks of the enemy; all of these activities and more can be found in droves when playing different genres of video games.

However, did you know that video gaming in the cloud is now capable of providing you with a way to make good money? Reports state that over 60 different players made an excess of $100,000 in 2013, from prize money alone. Factor in money made from sponsors, as well as streaming practice games through services like Twitch, and you have a standard of living far in excess of what most of us enjoy. In fact, professional video gaming has become so popular, that the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has begun issuing visas to players, listing them as professional athletes.

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How To Launch Your Career

So how can you go about getting in on this new and lucrative industry? MLG, which is short for Major League Gaming, is one of the most well-known professional video gaming sites on the internet. Their take on launching your professional video gaming career includes the basics, like sharpening your skills and forming a team. Other advice, such as the need to learn the lingo used in the industry and the helpfulness of watching existing pro players while they play, can also be used to launch a pro video gaming career most effectively.

Current Gaming Events

While cloud gaming is still in its infancy, many different events and tournaments already exist designed specifically with the cloud gamer in mind. In an interview a couple of years back with the CEO of the aforementioned MLG, Sundance DiGiovanni, it was established that it was his belief that its events would evolve and grow wildly over the coming years. This certainly bore itself out to be true, with both prize money and interested viewers grew by an order of magnitude.

MLG is not the only game in town when it comes to professional cloud gaming events. CPL, the Cyberathlete Professional League, hosts events each year, including a world tour that was held in 2005.

Finding Future Events

Not all pro gaming events are as widely known as the two previously mentioned behemoths. Tons of smaller events are held the world over, many with much less stringent qualifications than their larger counterparts. Tournament Seeker provides a database of virtually eery gaming event around the country that you can even search to find events.

Finding a way to combine what you love with a way to earn cash has always been one of the Holy Grail’s of job hunting. No better avenue to satisfy this desire exists in the digital world we live in today than video games. Are you a professional gamer, or do you aspire to become one? Let us know your experience in the Comments Section below!

By Joe Pellicone

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In 2011, Joe launched his writing career, dealing primarily with the tech topics he is so familiar with (Tech & Gaming). Today, Joe uses his experience and talent to create quality and enjoyable pieces on everything from gaming hardware and software, to individual games and gaming companies.
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