Lately all I’ve really been doing is reblogging photos that I like. I’ve not really had too many topics that I wanted to put out in writing. A lot of my thinking lately I’ve just been keeping inside my brain and not writing out. I don’t know why. I guess it’s just more comfortable to know that nobody is going to judge me for my thoughts if I keep them inside of my head.
Anyways, yesterday a pretty sore topic got brought up in the gaming community in which the topic “What Defines A Pro Gamer” yet again. All of this started because of THIS video. I kinda sorta hate when this topic comes up and I try and keep as quiet as possible about it, but I felt like I’d just let my thoughts pour out of my brain and onto the internet this time so that I don’t always get brought into the debate/discussion on this topic.
So what’s my definition? Well if you are one of those TL:DR (too long didn’t read) types of people I’ll let you know what I’m going to talk about.
2.) Prod1gy x
3.) Top Placing Pro Circuit Players
4.) Frag Dolls
Kelly “MrsViolence” Kelley:
What is your definition of a professional? Because Kelly is a professional gamer in mine. How many of you have made $50,000 in one competition? Kelly did from Battlefield the Controller Competition against several distinguished competitive gamers. She also was a coach of some pro Major League Gaming (MLG) teams. If you want to argue coaching doesn’t count I’d like you to google a man named Mr X of the team Complexity. She makes a living playing video games. Kelly isn’t afraid to defend herself in a boastful way. Some may take that as cockiness but I take it as pride. As harsh or maybe non humble as she may come across to some people, that doesn’t take away from the fact that she gets played to play video games and in my opinion is yes, a professional gamer.
Rob “Prodigy x” Paz:
A lot of people complain that Rob isn’t a “true” pro gamer, because he’s never really made money off of competing at events. He did however come in 2nd place in WCG Ultimate Gamer Competition. He also works at gaming industry events. People pay him to promote their gaming products, but does that make him a pro? Where you might disagree with his tournament placings, can you agree that he’s being paid to play video games as a job? Is a job not someone’s profession?
Top Placing Pro Circuit Players:
This one we should all agree on, but I suppose it also can be touchy. I feel like someone who has made major money off of gaming such as Fatal1ty or Jaedong, both of which who have made almost $500,000 competing in video games are obviously professional gamers. They made a living off of gaming and they placed high while doing so. Other people might define being a pro gamer as top 16 or top 8 a few times as “pro” because of the title, but is it that easy? What if I’m a rich kid who can afford to sponsor kids to team with me and get carried to the title of Major League Gaming Pro? Does that make me a pro gamer or do I actually have to be good? Are those loopholes allowed?
The Frag Dolls got first place at Cyberathlete Professional League tournament. They won the Rainbow Six Vegas competition at Winter CPL 2006. They also get paid to play video games at events. They not only have placed at a pro circuit event giving them them the bragging rights to call themselves pro gamers from winning a major competition, but their job is to go to events and play video games and if I’m not mistaken the definition of a professional is of a person engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime. They are getting paid for the specific activity of playing video games.
Let me talk about myself for a second. I competed in the World Series of Video Games for Halo 2 and Fight Night: Round 3. Most of my success was from Fight Night, but I did place very highly with my all female team in Halo. I ended up beating the guy who would go on to win the whole thing. I’m sure not everyone who has placed highly on a pro gaming circuit, been given the title as pro gamer from that circuit, but has not gotten paid from doing those activities may not be defined as a pro by everyone, but I also get paid to play video games. I travel to events just like the Frag Dolls and play video games. I even got to teach Seth Meyers how to play Splinter Cell. That was my job. This is my profession.
At the end of the day there is no card that anybody hands out that verifies whether or not someone is defined as a professional gamer.
If other people don’t think you are a pro then let them think what they wanna think, because it doesn’t matter. If they won’t sit down with you and have an intelligent conversation with you about the subject then let them be ignorant and continue living your life the way you were living it before a random stranger decided to have an opinion about you.
The last thing I’ll say is please stop attacking people over twitter/facebook about the subject. It’s really not that serious that we need to cyber bully whoever doesn’t have the same opinion about the topic. Take the time to get to know someone before you cast judgement.