It's a long way from recreational gamer to
professional Esports. Most drivers start with online gaming when still quite young. Football games, wrestling, fantasy
games... played on a host of devices including
Xbox, Playstation and Pc.
They gain experience as members of smaller leagues. Here, speed, responsiveness, willingness to take risks and team spirit are practised, honed and lived. There is no room for racism, bullying or egos.
Esports is a Team-sport!
Thankfully the outdated views of gaming - of a lonely retreat into one's room with little social contact - are fast becoming history, driven by Esports, and Formula 1 in particular.
On the contrary: Gaming can be a high-performance sport. Behind every professional gamer is years of arduous training and dedication. These athletes have enormous mental and physical performance, their competitions followed by millions of fans at live events and through TV / online broadcasts. The heart of an e-sportsman beats up to 180 times per minute during a game – according to a study by the German Sport University Cologne on strategy players - just like Formula 1 drivers racing to the first corner.
The reaction time of E-athletes is only 21 milliseconds shorter than that of normal mortals - that's how long an airbag needs to inflate. But in the game, that's exactly what separates world class from amateurs.
As in traditional sports, team chemistry affects
both competitive and casual play. Good teamwork and communication are
crucial for players to execute their strategy. In addition to daily
training, schooling is key. Most of the world's top players are often underage (typically younger than 14 years old), which is why we study together as teams. With mentoring from veterans and private tutors,
the young Esports players can progress alongside their jobs.
Players must be at one with their teammates to achieve
this level of cohesion. Many of the professional Esports players live
together in so-called clubhouses to prepare intensively for competitions and discuss strategies
After the drivers have dealt with the F1 racing
area, they register in the larger leagues WOR and/or PSGL to fight their
way up here. From the age of 16 they try to qualify with the
challengers (through the F1 in-game events - to be found in the main
menu https://f1esports.com from September 2022 )
or via the DHL time trial.
Here the youngsters have to reach at least the top 6 to get into the pro-rank.
From this point they can be "picked" by the big teams and become a professional Esports player.
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