2015 is the year of eSport. If anybody thought 2014 was big, their mind is going to be blown during the next 12 months.
Just last week I gave a speech at BeatCon, a gaming industry conference that mixes hard metal, steampunk, and game developers. (What? Yes, it’s a thing)
Anyway during that speech I laid out the future of eSport over the next 10-20 years. I’m not going to get into it all here, but I’ll tell you what to look forward to in 2015:
- more game designers creating niche esports
- a flood of people coming online, driving up value in esport
- more female esport athletes
- growth of secondary leagues in the global esports
All this is really good news for aspiring athletes! As there will be more opportunity than ever to support yourself as a professional, or even an amateur.
How To Become A Pro Gamer
This morning I caught the first video in a new series by ex-Team Dignitas player Crumbz who laid out exactly how to go from aspiring pro to a contracted League of Legends player. One of the things I love about his video is how right he is. Everything he says lines up with the research in sport psychology on how athletes go from youth athletes to professionals.
The big hurdles he talks about are
- work comes before success
- sacrifice is a part of the deal
- emotional maturity helps a lot
- and building relationships with pros is key
The good news is, all of these are things you can do. The bad news is, (there is no bad news, see quote below).
It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
Tonight I’m going to be on First Blood — a talk show about League of Legends and eSport — to discuss eSport psychology. I’m going to talk about Alberto’s video and what aspiring athletes can do to train the mental toughness required for those four big hurdles. (NOTE: It’s not the most child friendly broadcast, so careful tuning in if that is a concern.)
I’ll also get to talk about the teams I am working with, most notably the Copenhagen Wolves.
Check it out live here at 23:00 CET http://www.twitch.tv/richardlewisreports
If you’ve already missed the live show, the VOD is available at the above address or on Richard Lewis’s youtube channel here https://www.youtube.com/user/RLewisReports/
Preparing to crush it in 2015
Over the next few weeks I’m going to be in contact with some great information and training for you.
To prepare for that you are going to want to get on the mailing list if you haven’t already. I’m going to be providing you with some of the same training I do with professional teams and coaches right now, and you won’t want to miss it!
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