You have
seen the likes of Walshy and Tsquared make hundreds of
thousands of dollars on Major League Gaming’s Pro Circuit.  
You have seen them on national television.  Now you want in on the
action.  You would love to taste the fortune and fame that comes
with being one of MLG’s top players. Every success story starts
somewhere and for professional gamers the genesis is online.

Getting Started

Video gaming holds a unique position in the realm of competitive
sports. The ability to break into professional gaming is much more
accessible than most other professional sporting leagues.  Thanks
to services such as Xbox Live,
top gamers are available for competition around the clock, which
means you have the chance to play against the best in the world from
your own home.  But first you have to catch their attention. 
If you are interested in becoming a pro gamer, we will assume you
already have a favorite game and a console.  Now you need to learn
the rules. Just as basketball is more than simply tossing a ball at a
hoop, video games have their own rulesets for testing competitive
skills. For each of its competitive titles, Major League Gaming has
crafted a custom set of rules made to test and reward true skill. One
must become not just proficient at the game of choice, but also become
proficient at the way it is played within competitive ranks. It takes a
village to build a champion, and no pro gamer reached the top alone.
The next step is to
play against excellent competition.  Xbox Live is an essential
tool.  You will need the service in order to hone your game and to
find competition.  In the online gaming
community, each time you play is a tryout.  Impress your allies
and
opponents and friend invitations will come flying your way. You have a
reputation to earn and it starts online. Just starting can be the
hardest part, so head on over to the MLG Customs
Forums
to find thousands of gamers eager to begin their quest
for
pro-gaming fame. Take the initiative and send out friend requests and
game invitations to the players you find on the forums!

Forming a Team and Training

Once you know the ropes online, the next step is to find a team.
Each
of
Major League Gaming’s titles requires tremendous chemistry and
coordination to reach the top of the competitive ranks. Whether you are
a solo free agent or have a partially formed team, something
exists for you in MLG’s Online
Tournament Recruitment Forum
. Make a post there and meet up with
other players looking to form a complete roster. Keep trying
practice games with potential teammates until you find a roster whose
chemistry clicks.

Once you have your squad, the next step is to practice against a
variety of teams. Again, the forums will be your resource. Hit up the Practices and
Scrimmages Forum
to find other teams looking for some friendly
training and competition. After practicing and perfecting your team’s
skills, it is time to take on the best the competitive world has to
offer. Online Tournaments
are
the premier venue to test your skills against the league’s top
talents. To be the best, you have to beat the best; and the best
gamers are online fighting for prizes and notoriety. Online Tournaments
are the only place where you can take on teams like Carbon and Final
Boss from the comfort of your own home.

Enrolling in Online Tournaments

To enroll in the Online Tournaments, you need to designate a
captain
to create
your Online Tournaments team
. The captain will then invite the
remaining players until your roster is complete. Next, select a
tournament to join. Head to the Active
Tournaments
list and find the tournament right for you.
Division 1 competitions play host to the world’s top gaming talents, as
amateurs and star Pro Circuit teams battle it out for top cash and
prizes.  Not ready to stare down one of MLG’s top-rated
teams?  Then perhaps Division 2 tourneys are the best place to
start.  In order to
enroll in a tournament, each of your players must purchase the
appropriate number of credits from the MLG Store.

But simply playing is not enough to become a professional.  You need to
win and earn respect. As your
team’s success improves, you will move up Major League Gaming’s dynamic
online-ranking system. As you progress, you will catch the eye of top
players and earn the chance to train against them online.  As you
continue to play better and better comeptition, you will notice your
team’s skill improving.  While beginning your online tournament
experience can seem overwhelming at first glance, we have broken down
the steps for a smooth start:
1. Register on the Online
Tournaments page
and form a team. The Online
Tournament Recruitment Forum
is a great place to look for new
teammates!
2. Purchase tournament credits from the MLG Store. 3. Register for an
Online Tournament. If you’re new to the competitive gaming scene,
Division 2 tournaments may be your best bet. 4. Show up to your
matches! It’s as simple as that. Each tournament page hosts a
comprehensive match calendar, allowing you to find match times and
opponent contact information well in advance. Click on the match time
and date to report a completed match score and you are good to go!
While solid performances online will garner respect and attention,
being the best online does not a professional make. True champions are
forged in a live arena and with Major League Gaming the Pro Circuit
is where it’s at!

Studying Top Tactics

 Before you hit the Pro Circuit, you should equip yourself with
every tool at your disposal. One of the quickest ways to excel is to watch top pros in action. Video gaming is much
more than a test of dexterity. While many can deftly maneuver
joysticks, few have the keen decision making skills to reach the top.
The established pros did not reach the top ranks by accident and there
is much to learn by watching their playstyles. Fortunately, Major
League Gaming has compiled thousands of hours of matchplay footage in
the Video on
Demand
archives. With VoD, you have instant access to footage from nearly every tournament in
Major League Gaming’s history (if you do not already have VoD, please stay tuned for important announcements regarding how to obtain access to VoD!). When watching the pros, look for the
traits that set them apart from the pack. Listen to the way they
communicate information to their teammates and watch the decision
making process as they instantaneously evaluate their surroundings and
select the best course of action. Each top player has a different
playing style, so it always helps to watch a variety of perspectives.
Observantly watching gameplay footage can help your own skill expand by
leaps and bounds. While learning and improving your own game, you also
learn what tactics are being employed by various top teams. With this
knowledge, you have an extra defense against elite players. By knowing
top strategies, you can fortify against them and even devise a
counter-strategy. To reach the top you will need every edge you can
find and studying videos cannot be neglected.

Pro Circuit Success

While online competitions provide great practice and tournament
experience, the truest test of skill comes at Major League Gaming’s
live Pro Circuit events. Regardless of your online performances, your
status as a pro gamer can only be cemented at live events. Pro gaming
hopefuls must test their trade against a field of thousands of
competitors. In the presence of screaming fans and bright lights is
where you will make your name as a superstar. With the world watching,
the Pro Circuit is your opportunity to snag top prizes and fame. But
first you have to get there. At any time, you can find a list of the
current season’s event listing through the Pro Circuit Index.
Click on a given city’s name to find venue locations, tournament
schedules, rules and gametypes. Traveling to live
events stands as the most critical step in progressing in the quest
to become a professional gamer.

For each event, thousands of gamers fly from all over the country
to compete in the ultimate competitive gaming arena. Any established
professional gamer will tell you the best places to learn and improve
are live events. True champions are forged by the heat of competitions.
Behind each “overnight success” are hours of practice and preparation.
Each of Major League Gaming’s pros got where they are today thanks
to persistent tournament attendance. They saw the best. They played the
best. They beat the best. So can you.