Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Starting Your Pro Gamer Journey

Gaming is one of the most rewarding careers there is, especially when it's your ultimate passion, and it doesn't even feel like a job! We spend most of our adult lives working, so why not make sure you are doing something you really enjoy? Investing in your passion for gaming to help turn it into a career has never been easier. Many gamers have bridged the gap and are making impressive incomes via streaming on Twitch and YouTube and collaborative campaigns with leading gaming brands.

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Invest in Equipment - To become a pro, you need to invest a good amount of time to your gaming to build on your skills and allow you to compete with the some of the best well known gamers. This means taking a moment to assess your current set up and whether it is designed to give you the best gaming experience possible.

Aim for a fully ergonomic set up to reduce strain and injury from prolonged gaming. Buddy Loans could help you kit out your set up. Always look for the best specs for your gaming equipment possible and use accessories designed to help you play, quicker and easier and for extended periods of time if need be.

Invest in Yourself - You don't need formal education to be a pro gamer. You simply need skill, dedication and determination. Learning as much as you can about the games to give your gameplay an edge will help you climb the ranks to reaching pro status. I'm barely there, mainly because although I have streamed in the past on Twitch, I don't have a regular weekly schedule, as I am heavily involved in Gaming at doctoral level and wish to progress in academia, teaching after obtaining my PhD. Heading to university to learn game related skills such as QA, Game Design, Programming, or Coding will help get you obtain an entry level position after graduating, and work your way up within the industry. These skills can also be self taught.

Choose your Game - A great idea is to head down the route of established tried and tested games that already have the fan base, tournaments and sponsorship deals, particularly mainstream titles such as Fortnite, and Call of Duty for example. This may be a tricky market to break into because there are already many players earning well, but it can also guarantee a great support system and fan base if you are entertaining and engaging with your gaming content. Alternatively, choosing a game that is newly released and up and coming, you can start at the beginning and work your way up as the fan base steadily develops.

Join the Community - The support of the gaming community is almost vital if you intend to make a career in gaming. You need the support of experienced consistent gamers and access to leading exclusive information which will be useful to you in the future. Stay tuned to sites such as PlayStation, and IGN for the latest, as well as specific developer sites for each game i.e. Epic Games for Fortnite, and Rockstar for Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption.

Joining the game-specific community will also help you get a better idea of a pro gamer's lifestyle for your chosen game and to see if it is really what you would like to do or even what you thought it would be. Also follow your favourite gamers on social media, which I do - It's great for learning about top brands you may like to collaborate or do game promos with.

Becoming a gamer takes time and dedication. For those who are deeply interested in making a career in gaming, fully immerse yourself into the culture, have fun, engage with the community, be yourself, and remember to go with your passion. I did, and I have to say it has been the best career decision I've ever made.

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Monday, 29 March 2021

Fortnite Spring Breakout starting March 30

Spring is here! Wasn't the weather so lovely here in the UK today? Apologies for not posting recently, crazy busy preparing for Grad School. Great news Fortnite is celebrating Easter starting tomorrow! Yay! Look out for new outfits, duo competitions, and in-game rewards. I'm looking out for the the bunny skin in orange above, love her and there will be a free pickaxe gifted too. Look out for the featured skins below, including Bunny Brawler, Rabbit Raider, and Quackling.  

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

10 Free PlayStation games this Spring!

 

Starting next week - March 25, PlayStation gamers will be able to download selected games absolutely free including PS4 blockbuster game for a limited time - Horizon Zero Dawn from April 19. Stay tuned, and keep on eye on the PlayStation store over the coming weeks. For the full list of games check out the link below. Don't miss out!

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London Games Festival March 19-28

 
It's on. In just two days time the London Games Festival kicks off all online. If, like me, your a gaming professional within the industry, or just have a great passion for video games, you will be able to interact, network, meet and connect effortlessly this year, and have the opportunity to demo new showcased games which will be revealed for the first time, and also listen to free talks for those who are interested in making and developing games. Check out the schedule each day to see what you might like to take part in, plus game coverage, documentaries, music performances and much more. Click the link below to subscribe and visit the site in 48 hours, see you there!

Monday, 15 March 2021

Zero Crisis Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6

 

Premieres at 8am GMT March 16. So excited! 

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Thursday, 11 March 2021

Fortnite New Season 6 March 15th

 

Next Tuesday March 15th Season 6 is here for all Fortnite fans. Whose excited? I can't wait, I've been playing Squads, and Team Rumble a lot recently with 3 friends, 4 players strong, and literally we've won a so many Victory Royales, and if ever I'm the last player standing in I've placed second. Not bad eh? Lol. I love Fortnite, and will be looking for some new female skins in the next Battle Pass. So far Dream is one of my favourites. If you want to play with me feel free to add my PSN xllPassionllx the ll are L's, and send an Epic friends invite, join my lobby, I'll see you there! 

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Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Hyperoptic Broadband Free Gifts until March 21

Hi everyone! Hope your all having a good week. Just had to let you know that Hyperoptic are giving away free gifts to their customers if you upgrade up until March 21st. For gaming, home schooling, streaming, zoom meetings, virtual learning and larger busier households with multiple devices, Hyperoptic offers the fastest bandwidth speed in the UK by far. They are phenomenal. I have friends who are with Sky and Virgin Media for their broadband services and often experience disconnection, or connectivity issues which requires a router reset. Hyperoptic gives you two Wi-Fi channels for connection 2.4Ghz, and 5Ghz closer range and further away in your home with a free router provided. I have two, one router was already installed in my apartment, which took 5 minutes to call and activate on a month by month no contract offer and I had an additional router sent also. They are amazing. I have never needed to reset my router, and have been with Hyperoptic for 2 years now.

The monthly roll on billing option starting at just £22 a month is for those who maybe want to try Hyperoptic before committing, and they offer 12 month contracts as opposed to  longer ones like 18 or 24. I was giving a 3 month free trial, and my apartment complex uses only Hyperoptic so no other companies can install broadband here. I live in a new build office conversion. Today I upgraded my speed from a speed of 50mb to 150mb - Doubled. Free gifts for upgrading are - Free takeout for a year, if you like Deliveroo or Uber Eats you can have Nando's or Wagamama's every week! Free broadband, or money off vouchers, a tech bundle worth over £2500, or a PlayStation 5! Some amazing prizes. Check out Hyperoptic below, even if your looking to leave your current broadband provider, simply check your postcode and see if Hyperoptic serve your area, if not drop your email they will let you know when, as they are rolling out more and more across the UK. Hyperoptic price match too, give them a call or live chat. They are truly the best.

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