Back in the day, if you wanted to earn a living from sports. you had to go out and hone your skills on the pitch or at the gym. Million-dollar contracts are all the rage in the NFL and NBA, but did you know some video gamers are also turning professional as well?
The esports industry is thriving, and top of the heap as far as earning potential is concerned is CSGO.
There are leagues and tournaments all over the world dedicated to unearthing the best CSGO players around, and thanks to commercial sponsorships, more and more money is flowing into competitive esports. Indeed, the cumulative prize pool for all CSGO tournaments exceeded $18 million in 2019, and the game continues to grow in popularity, with more than 20 million active Counter-Strike players each and every month.And with that much prize money in the bank, he can always treat himself and his loved ones too.
Making it Rain
With the above in mind, it’s no surprise to learn that CSGO has now created its first millionaires.
Andreas Hojsleth, better known by his gaming name, "Xyp9x," has made more money playing CSGO than any other individual on the planet – a cool $1.74 million and counting. The Dane is part of a gaming franchise called Astralis, who is widely considered to be one of the most valuable in the world. As such, Hojsleth is able to work on his game without worrying about how he is going to pay the bills.
You might know him as @Xyp9x. But in China they call him 九爷— Astralis (@astralisgg) November 7, 2019
九 is for the number 9 in his name. 爷 is for 'grandpa'.
Cause when you are a master in a certain field, the Chinese crown you with the title as 'grandpa' 爷 🤴😎#ClutchMinister ❤ pic.twitter.com/Q1QgS0Gyf4
There must be something in the water in Denmark, because the CSGO aces who sit second and third on the all-time list of moneymakers are also from the Scandinavian country.
Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen has chalked up career earnings in excess of $1.5 million, with the 26-year-old participating in 136 tournaments so far. Third on the list is Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz, who has also taken home more than $1.5 million from around 130 tournaments.
Clearly, these guys reached such heights by practicing hard while benefiting from a hefty slice of natural talent and a dash of good luck along the way.
For those who want to try and emulate the achievements of the trio mentioned above, here are five tips that might help your CSGO career get off to a good start.
Practice, Practice, Practice
It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring quarterback, lawyer or esports player; you’ll only get to the top if you work hard. You'll also learn plenty by bookmarking CSGO news sites too, so you can keep abreast of all the latest developments in the industry. And be warned: It was revealed recently that the B Site League - in which many of the leading CSGO teams and players compete - is to start handing out fines to players who don't perform well enough. That makes practice all the more imperative!
All Mapped Out
You will give yourself a significant advantage if you learn as many CSGO maps as possible like the back of your hand. That will help you to avoid easy kill areas, find the best vantage points and give you the air of a gaming veteran – even if you are new to the title. Put simply, there's no way to become a top player without learning the maps first.
A Little Bit Special
Normally when playing PC or console games, players don’t take the time to learn all of the special functions that their character can perform. In CSGO, these can give you a huge advantage, so make sure you take the time to learn exactly what you can and can’t do with your hero and how. It's the old adage "know thyself" applied to the 21st century.
Ordinarily, if you were kicking back with some online CSGO in your spare time, you’d load up a death match game and get going. But this won’t necessarily harness the skills you need to be successful in competitive esports: strategy, forward planning and cunning. So be sure to try your hand at capture the flag contests and other "outside the box" game modes.
Watch and Learn
Most amateur gamers have the wrongful pretense that they can suddenly just become esports professionals overnight. You can’t! You first need to learn the skills and tactics that will enable you to be a useful player at pro level, and to that end you should watch as many live streams of the best CSGO leagues and competitions as you possibly can.If you follow these five tips, your CSGO skills will improve. And who knows where they might then take you?