Become a pro gamer and eSports legend with these 25 resources


I think it might be every guy’s dream (and increasingly the dream of many girls as well): getting paid to play video games for a living. Forget training to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer: for far less money (no college degree necessary), you can train yourself to earn big bucks playing games on your PC, Xbox One or Playstation 4. In a few years the Superbowl itself my pale in comparison to some eSports tournaments and finals; people are already filling arenas and tuning in online in droves to watch the world’s best video gamers go head-to-head, battling for prizes that can earn them millions of dollars per year. But even if you don’t rocket into the upper echelons of gaming, you can potentially earn a steady salary as part of a sponsored team (in the $25-50k per year range). Or you can stream games from home and earn money off of ads and/or donations. And who knows, maybe all your experience will someday suit you to be the next Bobby Kotick (Activision Blizzard’s CEO; responsible for developing StarCraft, a very popular game among pros).

So are you wondering how to become a pro gamer? Or which games are the most popular (or can earn you the most money)? Are you looking to get on the fast track to earning a video gaming salary or sponsorship? Well you’re in the right place. In this roundup I’ve collected everything you need to get started as a professional gamer — from articles with the best how to information to places you can watch gamers who have already achieved legendary status t0 a few random resources you’d never find on your own.

Where to watch and stream eSports

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  1. Twitch – The original eSports streaming platform.
  2. YouTube Gaming – Google’s Twitch competitor looks really great.
  3. Azubu – No general gaming here… competitive gaming only.
  4. Mobcrush – Twitch, but for mobile gaming.
  5. Kamcord – Another way to watch mobile games live.

Best games geared for eSports


  1. League of Legends
  2. Counter Strike
  3. Dota 2
  4. Call of Duty
  5. StarCraft 2
  6. FIFA
  7. World of Warcraft
  8. Halo

Can’t miss eSports resources


  1. Instant eSports – Like ESPN for eSports, on your phone. Get realtime stats, the latest news and match reminders.
  2. theScore eSports – An iPhone app for tracking everything eSports.
  3. /r/esports – The eSports subreddit where you can track discussion of the eSports industry as a whole.
  4. Abios – eSports calendar with notifications. Track eSports matches and events from all your favorite games.

Best eSports gaming gear: controllers, headphones, mice, keyboards, etc.


  1. Amazon Video Games – It’s hard to beat Amazon’s prices. I’d check here first for consoles, games and accessories.
  2. Newegg Video Games – Especially great for PC gamers (and can’t hurt to compare prices).
  3. BestBuy Video Games – For when you want to check prices online but buy locally today.

Best articles on eSports for beginners

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  1. What are eSports? A beginner’s guide to pro gaming (Trusted Reviews)
  2. What it’s like to be a professional gamer (Telegraph)
  3. Here’s the insane training schedule of a 20-something professional gamer(Business Insider)
  4. How to become a League of Legends pro gamer (Red Bull)
  5. How to become a professional video game player (USA Today)

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