I am an awesome video game player. I think I’m ready to take it to the big leagues. How do I get into the tournament circuit?
Find a way to save some money and travel to the big tournaments. Do whatever it takes. Get there and win against the best.
After you prove yourself, sponsors become a possibility. I played competitively for about four years in my genre of gaming (first-person shooters) before ever making a dime from it -- I mostly got free stuff for my accomplishments. To make money, you need to compete at the biggest tournaments and find sponsors through your success and popularity.
But keep in mind: There’s a big time commitment. I train about eight hours a day in combat for world championships. When you reach the point that you don't want to do it anymore, you have to keep doing it.
Once you’re an established pro, consider creating your own business. As I did with Fatal1ty, you may be able to create a marketable brand once you've made an impact on the tournament circuit. This could be your next move after pro gaming or possibly your big move and profit-maker that sustains your pro gaming career.
Game on …
Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel is a professional video game player and founder of Fatal1ty Inc., a gaming gear company. Wendel has won over $500,000 in cash and prizes from his game play in the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) and other events