Getting into Esports seems like a daunting task, but it’s actually not as difficult as its made out to be. You don’t need the most expensive equipment or the most up to date computer, all you need is an open mind and a willingness to try something new.
There’s plenty of Esports related games that don’t require a super-powerful PC to play. Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and Super Smash Brothers Melee all require very low amounts of power to run without lag. You’d be surprised how old of a PC you could use to run these games, as they were all designed many years ago and built for requirements of their time.
To get into Esports, you need to take a look at your options and compare them to the games you want to play. Just want to focus on shooters? All you’ll need is a nice mouse with decent sensitivity and a decent keyboard. Want to play fighting games? You’ll usually just need to find a controller that’s calibrated correctly to the game.
Something like Super Smash Brothers Melee will require a specific controller (in this case, a Gamecube Controller), because the game was built with this equipment in mind. Fighting games like Street Fighter require “Box” controllers, which are essentially what they sound like but with arcade buttons sticking out of the top, spread across evenly.
A ton of Esports games will work great with any controller. Some professional Call of Duty players like to use a mouse and a keyboard, but it’s also acceptable to use an XBOX or Playstation controller. It all really comes down to personal preference.
The most intimidating part about Esports is the wide array of techniques that go into games. The last thing some people want to hear when you talk about playing video games is to practice, but it’s required for almost everything.
Esports attempts to and succeeds in a very high level of play. It’s why a new word was created to separate the play from casual users. Even if you don’t see yourself playing the games, watching them can be just as fun.
Twitch.tv has become the home to hundreds of Esports players who connect with a crowd and provide a personalized experience for their viewers. Find one with a good personality that matches yours and enjoy their play. Maybe over time you’ll pick a few things up and give the game they’re playing a go.
The League of Legends Finals had more viewers than last year’s Superbowl, according to a report by CNN. If you’re looking for a job in Esports, the market is rising at such an insane rate that traditional media can’t keep up. You don’t have to play the games to have fun, you can watch them too.
But let’s say you do want to play them. What’s the first thing you should do? As previously mentioned, it’s important to figure out the different types of equipment you’ll need in order to play your desired game. Once that’s done, set some small-term, obtainable goals for yourself within the game that a beginner can accomplish. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can accomplish simple activities that build up into larger ones just by breaking things down into tiny parts.
You don’t have to go pro, or even semi-pro. Putting your mind to something and accomplishing a goal, whether that be learning a new technique in Smash Brothers or reaching a certain win percentage on League of Legends, it all builds together to a success you couldn’t find anywhere else. Esports is on the rise and there’s no reason you can’t hop on the train while it’s still in the station.
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