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Opinion

Why you shouldn’t drop out of school if you want to go pro

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

There are more incentives than ever to drop out of school to go pro in esports. You can stream, get signed to a team for a good sum of money, even if it isn’t a good team (at least in CS:GO). You get to play a game you love all the time.

But the reason you shouldn’t is because it’s an unreasonable gamble. Going pro in a game won’t suit everyone, so if you end up not liking it, there is no backup plan and you will have to start again. Depending on your country, this could be a bad decision. Second, and I think more importantly, going to school/working part-time and going pro is something a lot of pros have done in the past. So not only is it possible, but it will also tell you if you have the talent to do it. You need a certain amount of talent, an ability to multitask your time, and the ability to balance different responsibilities in your life to become a successful pro. So in that sense, trying to go to school and trying to be pro is a good testing ground to see if you can do it. But that’s the easiest step: getting good enough to get picked up. After that, the climb up gets steeper and steeper as you go. If you can’t get to the first step without going all in, I think chances are you won’t get much further than that.

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