Skills You Need to Become
a PRO Video Gamer

See also: Improving Your Wellbeing

In today's fast-paced digital world, the realm of video gaming has evolved into a highly competitive arena where players strive to become professional gamers. Gone are the days when gaming was seen as a mere hobby; it has now transformed into a legitimate career path for those who have honed their skills to perfection.

To be a pro video gamer and reach the pinnacle of success, aspiring gamers must have a unique set of skills that go beyond simply pressing buttons on a controller.

In this article, we will talk about the essential skills that you should have to become a pro video gamer. So, if you're passionate about gaming and ready to take your skills to the next level, keep reading!

Hand-eye coordination

Anyone can play some random games without having to worry about the hand-eye coordination. After all, everyone has started in the same manner, it almost feels like an instinct. But if you want to become a professional, you need to seriously work on it.

Both fine and gross motor skills must be mixed with your visual perception of the surroundings, as well as your imagination. Imagine playing a first person shooter, you need to know what's on your right without even turning, and feel like you're right there, in the middle of action.

Precision timing is an important consideration in developing this skill. You also need a very sensitive touch (think about aiming), not to mention attention to small details. It takes time to get there, but practice makes perfect.


Fitness is not necessarily an important aspect if you’re hoping to spend eight hours a day in front of your computer. In fact, at this point, fitness is probably the last thing you care about. But then, video games are not always available on computers only.

Take the Wii, for example. What about Kinect? Such consoles rely on motion controllers, so your actual movement can make a difference. If you feel tired after going up 10 steps, chances are you need to work on your fitness as well.

Plenty of sports games employ this kind of system. It’s not just about becoming a professional video gamer, but also about spending quality time with friends. This aspect is not all about your fitness condition, but also about your energy and diet.


A professional video gamer is familiar with the industry as a whole. Sure, there are good players out there who have specialized in certain games only, meaning they’re less likely to do well in other types of games.

But when it comes to real professionals, they’ll be able to talk about the whole industry, starting with the first retro games they’ve played and ending with the latest innovations in terms of games.

At this point, you probably ask yourself, how is gaming education going to help? It’s imperative to understand the evolution of video games. It’s highly recommended to become familiar with old games and work your way to newer games.

Even when it comes to old games, there are certain things you can understand better, at least in terms of mechanics. From many points of view, this type of education will help you feel modern games much better.


Some would argue and claim motivation is not really a skill. This isn’t always something you train, but something you have. Just like for any other career, becoming a professional video gamer takes time and hard work.

No matter what kind of games you specialize in, you need to know it's not going to happen overnight. You need to get better and better, practice again and again. To avoid losing interest, you need to keep motivated.

There are more ways to do it. Make sure you change your team every now and then. Play against different players, so you can become familiar with different styles and techniques. Try out different game modes, whatever works for you.

No matter where you are, make sure you always keep your final goals in mind.


Again, becoming a pro gamer won’t happen overnight, hence the necessity to be patient. Patience is a virtue, but also a skill you can work on. Some players may need months to become professional and actually gain some recognition. Some others took years to get there.

Indeed, talent does help as well, but most of the skills you’ll need to become professional can be trained and patience is clearly one of them.

Persistence and dedication

Persistence and dedication go hand in hand at this point, but they’re also tightly connected to other skills required to become professional. You can’t have consistency if you’re not persistent. Then, you can’t be persistent if you have no motivation at all.

Motivation is nothing without dedication too and so on.

Keep your interest high, as well as your motivation, by changing your gaming style, trying different techniques, weapons, characters, alliances, tactics, you name it.

If you fail, try again. See what you've done wrong, try to identify your mistakes, and try a different technique. That's what persistence is about. You need to keep trying until it becomes easier and easier, only to make it look like a breeze.

It's an ongoing cycle that will go through many more stages. You may struggle to complete a level, finish a challenge, or perhaps beat another team. The more you analyze yourself and your opponents, the easier it becomes to succeed.

And that's what persistence is about, but then again, you'll need to keep your goals alive if you truly want to make a difference in the long run.

Bottom line

Becoming a professional video gamer is not just about having lightning-fast reflexes or superior hand-eye coordination; but it's also about developing strategic thinking, patience, teamwork, and resilience in the face of challenges. By constantly refining your skills, staying up-to-date with the latest gaming trends, and immersing yourself in the gaming community, you can pave the way to becoming a pro video gamer.

About the Author

Julia Palmer is a passionate gamer, zen seeker on the yoga mat, and thrill-chaser on two wheels. Finding balance in pixels and poses, one virtual world and sun salutation at a time.