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Esports 101

Learn the Basics and Discover the Exciting World of Competitive Gaming with Prof Delbert.

Ch. 1: A Beginner’s Guide to Starting in Esports

1. Understand the basics: Start by learning about the different types of esports, the most popular games and the competitive scene. This will give you a good idea of what you’re getting into and what you might be interested in.

2. Get the right equipment: Having the right hardware and peripherals is crucial for playing competitively. Make sure you have a good gaming computer or console and a high-quality monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

3. Learn the game: Before you can compete, you need to master the game. This means spending time learning the mechanics, the maps, and the different strategies. Watch tutorials, read guides and play against others to improve your skills.

4. Join a community: Esports is a social activity, and you’ll need to find a community of players to play with. Join online forums, Discord channels, or in-game groups to find other players and teams to play with.

5. Start competing: Once you’re ready, start competing. Look for online tournaments, local events or join a competitive team. This is the best way to test your skills and improve.

6. Keep learning: The esports scene is constantly changing, so it’s important to keep learning and adapting. Watch professional players, read news and updates, and always be open to new strategies and techniques.

7. Network: Networking is a key aspect of esports. Attend events, join online communities, and connect with other players and teams to build relationships and learn more about the industry.

8. Learn about the industry: Finally, it’s important to understand the industry and the different career opportunities in esports. Learn about the different roles, the companies and organizations, and the trends that are shaping the industry.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful esports player or professional. Remember that starting in esports takes time and practice, but with dedication and hard work, you’ll be able to achieve your goals.

Ch. 2: The Player Journey

The player’s esports journey typically starts in high school, where they may first discover their passion for gaming and competitive play. During this time, they may start playing games with friends and family, and begin to develop their skills and understanding of the game.

As they progress in high school, they may start to explore online communities and tournaments where they can play against other players and teams. This can be a great way to learn about the competitive scene and to gain experience playing in a competitive environment.

After high school, many players may choose to pursue esports at the college level. This may involve joining a college esports team, participating in college-level tournaments, and pursuing a degree in a related field such as game design or computer science.

For those players that are really talented, they may choose to pursue a career in professional esports. This typically involves joining a professional esports team, competing in professional tournaments, and training to improve their skills. They may also need to balance their training schedule with other commitments such as school or work.

As they progress in their esports journey, players may have the opportunity to work with coaches, managers, and other professionals to further develop their skills and advance their careers. They may also have the opportunity to travel to events and competitions, and to connect with other players and fans from around the world.

It’s important to note that not all players who start playing in high school will pursue a career in professional esports, some may choose to pursue other careers, but the experiences and skills gained from playing esports competitively can be valuable in many fields.

Ch. 3: Leveling Up Your Avatar: Skills and Development

An esports athlete, like any athlete, requires a combination of physical and mental skills to perform at a high level. Some of the key skills and development areas for an esports athlete include:

Game knowledge and strategy: Esports athletes need to have a deep understanding of the game they are playing. This includes knowledge of the characters, maps, and mechanics of the game, as well as an understanding of the competitive scene and different strategies used by other players.

Hand-eye coordination: Esports athletes need to have excellent hand-eye coordination in order to react quickly to on-screen action and execute complex maneuvers.

Mental toughness: Esports athletes need to have strong mental toughness in order to handle the pressure of competition and to maintain focus during long gaming sessions.

Communication: Esports athletes need to have strong communication skills in order to effectively communicate with teammates and coaches.

Physical health: Esports athletes need to maintain good physical health in order to perform at a high level. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular exercise.

Technical skills: Esports athletes need to have strong technical skills to be able to optimize their equipment settings, troubleshoot technical issues and be able to adapt to new technology.

Teamwork: Esports athletes need to be able to work well in a team, being able to coordinate with teammates, and understanding each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

Time management: Esports athletes need to have good time management skills, in order to balance their training and competition schedule with other commitments such as school or work.

To develop these skills, esports athletes typically engage in regular practice, training sessions, and competition. They may also work with coaches, trainers, and other professionals to improve their skills and performance. Additionally, they may also invest

Ch. 4: Land of Opportunity

Esports offers a wide range of opportunities for players, coaches, managers, and fans alike. Some of the key opportunities that come with esports include:

Professional gaming: Esports players who excel in their chosen game can pursue a career in professional gaming. This can include joining a professional team, competing in major tournaments, and earning prize money and sponsorships.

Education and career development: Esports can provide a pathway for players to learn new skills and pursue careers in fields such as game design, computer science, and streaming. Many colleges and universities now offer esports scholarships, and have esports teams and programs.

Community building: Esports provides a platform for players, coaches, managers, and fans to connect and build a community around their shared passion for gaming. This can include forming teams, joining online communities, and attending events and competitions.

Entertainment: Esports provides entertainment for fans around the world, who can watch and cheer for their favorite players and teams through streaming platforms, social media or live events.

Business opportunities: The esports industry is rapidly growing and presents many opportunities for those who are interested in starting or investing in a business within the industry such as event management, streaming, marketing, and more.

Social impact: Esports can have a positive social impact by promoting inclusivity, teamwork, and providing opportunities for personal and professional growth for players and fans.

It’s important to note that esports opportunities are not limited to what I’ve listed above, as the industry is constantly evolving and new opportunities are emerging all the time. It’s important to stay informed and be open to new possibilities as they arise.


What are esports?

Esports, short for electronic sports, is a form of competitive video gaming where players compete against each other in organized tournaments and leagues.

How are esports different from traditional sports?

Esports are different from traditional sports in that they are played on electronic devices and don’t involve physical exertion. However, like traditional sports, esports require skill, strategy, and teamwork, and are often played in front of live audiences.

Is esports considered a sport?

Esports has been considered as a sport by many organizations and governing bodies, such as the International Olympic Committee. It requires similar skills, dedication, and training as traditional sports.

What are the most popular esports games?

Some of the most popular esports games include League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Overwatch, and Fortnite.

How do players make money in esports?

Players can make money through tournament winnings, sponsorships, and streaming. Some professional players also earn a salary from their team.

Can anyone play esports professionally?

While anyone can play esports, becoming a professional player requires a high level of skill, dedication, and training. It’s a highly competitive field, and only a small percentage of players make it to the professional level.

What are the physical requirements for esports?

Unlike traditional sports, esports do not require a high level of physical exertion. However, players should maintain good physical health to ensure they can perform at their best.

Are there any age restrictions for esports?

There are no set age restrictions for esports, however, some tournaments and leagues may have age requirements.

Is esports safe?

Esports is generally considered to be safe, but players should take breaks and stretch to avoid repetitive stress injuries, and also maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure they perform well.

Are there any benefits to playing esports?

  1. Improved hand-eye coordination: Esports requires quick reflexes and precise hand-eye coordination, which can help players improve their overall coordination and reaction time.
  2. Increased focus and concentration: Esports requires players to stay focused and concentrated for long periods of time, which can help to improve overall cognitive function.
  3. Development of teamwork and communication skills: Many esports games require players to work together as a team and communicate effectively in order to succeed. This can help to develop these skills in real-life scenarios.
  4. Stress relief: Playing esports can be a fun and engaging way to relax and de-stress after a long day.
  5. Educational opportunities: Esports can also provide educational opportunities, such as learning about game design, computer science, and streaming.
  6. Career opportunities: Esports can provide career opportunities such as professional gaming, coaching, event management, and other related fields.
  7. Social Connections: Esports can provide social connections with other players, coaches, managers and fans, which can be beneficial for personal and professional growth.
  8. Increased physical health: While esports don’t require high physical exertion, it’s important for players to maintain good physical health in order to perform at their best.

It’s important to note that different people may have different reasons for playing esports, and the benefits may vary for each individual.