Do you want to become a gaming icon like Ninja? Or do you want to become the next millionaire like Bugha by establishing your gaming dominance in front of the world? Or do you believe that you have what it takes to become the next Arslan Ash? Or are you a simpleton who dreams of getting employed by Rockstar studios to produce the next GTA?
Two sides of a coin
If you are determined to turn this passion of yours into a reality, there are two routes you can take. One of these is the game development side, and the other is the art of gaming itself. Both of these differ in huge magnitudes in terms of the opportunities they have, the skills they require and the nature of the work itself.
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If you are determined to turn this passion of yours into a reality, there are two routes you can take. One of these is the game development side, and the other is the art of gaming itself. Both of these differ in huge magnitudes in terms of the opportunities they have, the skills they require and the nature of the work itself.
Game development
From creating storylines as a game designer to developing engines as a game programmer to bringing characters to a visual life-form as a game animator, the number of roles that you can potentially adopt in this field is endless—simply because a good game is the culmination of many smaller endeavors. Getting a good job in this area will also require a degree, because of the hard skills involved. If not a degree, the least that you will need will be a portfolio, which can only come through a journey of self-learning and freelancing.
The cost
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Reaching the level of a professional gamer will not be cheap. Often you will need to invest in gaming equipment, from quality headphones to pricey gaming machines. The cost in terms of time and alternative opportunities like pursuing education or getting a job will be massive too. Sure you could go Ninja’s route and partner with Red Bull to install the best gaming setup in your basement, but for that you need recognition as a master gamer, which takes us to base one.
What it takes
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Follow your passions, said everybody, but it is going to be a walk in the park, said nobody. Turning your hobby into a career will require you to suffer before tasting success. Health issues like carpal tunnel syndrome, obesity and burnout (don’t discount mental health) will readily greet you, unless you take steps to prevent them from the get go. The sheer effort it takes to develop your skill to the level of a pro gamer will demand a great degree of dedication, perseverance and sacrifice from you—make sure you are ready to make the game your life.
Gamers behold! You have finally reached a time in history where it is possible to cash in on this unconventional passion of yours. It was never as simple as you thought it would be, but it sure as hell will be worth it.