What is a professional player

What does everyday work look like?

As an e-athlete, you have a relatively freely plannable daily routine, depending on whether you play alone or in a team. In the following we show you an example of what a day in the life of a “Call of Duty” e-athlete could look like:

9.45 a.m.

After a relaxed breakfast, you sit down at your desk, where you have set up your gaming equipment with two monitors and a PlayStation 4. First you check your e-mail inbox on your computer. Among other things, you are waiting for the confirmation of your team manager for the planned training camp before the EU final of the “Call of Duty World League” (CWL). Instead, you will find two requests for cooperation from manufacturers for pro gaming controllers, which you put on the back burner for now.

10:15 am

Before you play yourself, check out some of the current CWL matches from top teams. You pay particular attention to the way you play the so-called anchor - the role that you play in your team. This acts rather passively and secures its own spawn point from the opponents.

11:15 a.m.

Then you switch on your console and start the latest offshoot of the “Call of Duty” series. You play a few rounds of “Deathmatch” and “Free for All” against random opponents from the lobby. Here you work on your target accuracy at medium to long range in order to give the best possible support as a defensively oriented anchor player and to be able to eliminate opponents at an early stage.

2:15 p.m.

After almost 4 hours, you first have to take a short break and quickly cook something to eat.

3 p.m.

In the afternoon you have an appointment with your colleagues for team training. You connect via voice chat and chat for a few minutes on private topics. Then your team leader will take the floor. He explains to each and every one of you how he imagines the different roles. Today's goal is to improve the agreements and announcements about who is securing which part of the map and where opponents are moving.

3:30 p.m.

Now you play a few rounds of “Hardpoint” against the friendly ESL team “Dominant”. For 60 seconds you have to hold one of five alternating positions until you have finally reached 250 points or the time has run out.

7:00 p.m.

At the end of the last game, the team captain will give you detailed feedback. Overall, you communicated more with each other and were able to pass on important information, some of which even brought you game-decisive advantages.

8:05 pm

For today you have completed your training quota, so that you happily switch off the console. To clear your head for a bit, you can meet up with your friends for a beer in town.


  • High responsiveness
  • Very good hand-eye coordination
  • Enjoy playing with other gamers
  • Ambition to constantly improve
  • Extensive understanding of the game
  • Good English knowledge
Your career opportunity in e-sports
eSport Manager (Certificate)

The esports industry has been booming for years and offers you exciting new professions and fields of work. How about a career as a manager, for example, to market gaming events and promote the development of esports in Germany? With the eSport Manager distance learning course from WINGS distance learning, you are optimally prepared for this.

In 5 months you will train yourself comfortably from home and learn how to finance and promote e-sports and how to distribute it in the media. In addition, you will gain practical know-how in order to set up and organize your own e-sports teams both at well-known professional clubs and at amateur clubs.

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What does an e-athlete do?

Your main job as an esportsman is of course to play games on a console, mobile device or PC. Just as a professional basketball player, handball player or soccer player concentrates on just one sport, you are usually an expert on a specific multiplayer game. Depending on your personal taste, you can choose a game from different genres such as real-time strategy or sports simulation that you play for many hours every day. As an e-athlete, you will familiarize yourself intensively with all the elements of the game, so that all movements and control commands are automatic and reflexive. Through your daily training in front of the screen, depending on the game, you work particularly on your speed of reaction and action as well as your accuracy. In addition, you study the gameplay of other players. In this way you get new ideas for your own tactics as well as strategies with which you can surprise your opponents and ultimately defeat them.
As a budding e-athlete, you are often left on your own and compete in 1-on-1 games over the Internet. If you climb far up in internal rankings and also convince in tournaments, team leaders or scouts invite you to trial training or larger castings. With these you have to prove your skills even under special pressure. Professionally managed teams also pay attention to your social skills such as your communication and the way you deal with your fellow players. Because nowadays, many e-athletes live together in specially rented apartments or houses so that they can concentrate fully on playing. If you meet the requirements of the team leader, you will receive a monthly salary as a member and can further improve your income with tournament prize money.
In addition to the individual training that you carry out for yourself, you are in lively exchange with your fellow players in team-based games. As a rule, you agree to special training times so that you can play together. Before you begin, there will be a tactics briefing. Then you warm up a little before the actual matches so that you don't falsify the training results through simple mistakes. After the actual test games, an individual and group-related analysis of your gaming behavior follows. You consider to what extent you have implemented the strategies discussed, what you can still improve and whether someone has come up with new tactical ideas. In addition, team managers usually hold training camps before important competitions. The aim of these is to ensure that you and your team prepare specifically for the upcoming tournament games.
The highlight for you as an e-athlete are the annual tournaments. While you play league games on your home computer or at the console over the Internet for organizational and financial reasons, you often travel around the world for important qualification, final and tournament games. These gaming events are nowadays major media events that come along with moderators, light shows and entertainment programs. You play alone or with your teammates live on stage. However, you will sit in soundproofed cabins so that the noise level of the audience does not affect your concentration. In return, you will enjoy the atmosphere during the march in and the subsequent award ceremony. Over 10,000 fans cheer you on at major events. Then there is the opportunity to sign autographs and fulfill other fan requests.
The better known your name is in the gaming scene, the more important it is to maintain your social media accounts on a regular basis. You can keep in touch with your fans on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, report on upcoming tournaments and other news from your everyday professional life. If necessary, you can raffle hardware and other promotional items that sponsors from the electronics sector send you. Because as a well-known e-athlete, you are an important advertising medium. For example, your followers want to use exactly the equipment that you use because they usually hope that it will give them a game advantage. If time permits, you can also have your own YouTube or Twitch channels on which you publish your gameplay videos or stream your own game sessions live.

What are the job prospects?

The career prospects of an e-athlete are difficult. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that it is a very fast-moving industry and the future can therefore only be predicted to a limited extent. On the other hand, as an e-athlete, for example, you need a high level of responsiveness, which is why your career usually ends at a certain age. During this time you gain a lot of experience, but this does not qualify you for a specific job outside the scene. That's why you shouldn't neglect your professional training. Sometimes there is also the possibility of continuing to work in the esports sector as a trainer or manager.

What qualities should I have?

    What specializations are there?

    MOBAs like “League of Legends” and “Dota 2” are now among the most popular games. You compete with five or three in two teams and try to destroy the Nexus or Ancient in the base of the opponent. The playing field is arranged symmetrically - both groups can attack the opponent and his defenses via a left, middle and right path, the so-called lanes. You control one of the many selectable heroes who have special abilities and who gradually improve through experience and purchased items. A special feature of MOBAs is that you level up your character during the game and thus unlock new skills in the course of the game. Due to the different orientation of the heroes, you choose a character that best suits you and your style of play and that helps the team members the most. For example, you stay as a “jungler” between the individual lanes in order to launch well-timed surprise attacks. If you prefer to stay out of the frontline action, the role of “support” as a healing team member is perfect for you. MOBAs live from the agreement within the group and from the fact that each player perfects his role - there is no place for egoists here.
    MOBAs are basically a subspecies of the real-time strategy games that have existed for a long time and originally developed from them. “Starcraft 2”, in which you command one of three races, Terran, Zerg or Protoss, is particularly popular when it comes to strategy. On the one hand, you collect resources in order to set up your own base and develop it technically. On the other hand, you gradually build a multitude of different units with specific strengths with which you want to defeat your opponent. It is of great advantage for you to find out as early as possible which unit types your opponent is betting on. Then you produce counter-powerful units, for example you use anti-air units against flying units. As a professional player, you need above all flexibility for new, changing game situations as well as enormous speed of action in order to position as many units as possible in battles. At the same time, you are building more troops and setting up additional bases in order to be able to pay the production costs. Especially in the later course of the game, when it comes to mass battles that are difficult to understand, your micromanagement is in demand. This basically describes all commands that you give with the mouse and keyboard. As a skilled e-athlete, you get around 300 to 400 click and key commands per minute in heated fights.
    First person shooters have enjoyed great popularity since the early days of private LAN parties. In addition to the classic “Counter Strike”, “Call of Duty” with its many offshoots is now one of the most popular game series in e-sports. Here you usually compete in teams of 5, which compete against each other in different game modes. In “Capture The Flag” you and your fellow players try to get the flag of your opponent and to transport it into your own zone. In contrast, “Search and Destroy” or “Demolition Squad” revolves around alternately placing bombs in designated places or defusing those of the enemy team. In shooters, team agreements, clearly distributed tasks and practiced tactics are the alpha and omega of success. In addition, with a high shooting rate, you ensure that your team plays in the majority and thus receives a clear game advantage. Depending on the game mode, killed opponents only get back into the game after a delay or even have to watch for a whole round. Instead of achieving the given mission goals, you can also win by eliminating all opponents.


    • Accessible to everyone
    • Young average age of professional players
    • Lots of viewers, as it can be transmitted over the Internet
    • Additional earnings possible via video and streaming portals

    Did you already know, that ...

    • ... e-athletes received several million dollars for a tournament victory in the action strategy game “Dota”?
    • ... the shooter “Counter Strike” was originally just a modification of the game “Half-Life” that fans designed in their spare time?
    • ... ambitious e-athletes train up to 16 hours a day and try to use the rest of the day for friends, family, hobbies and sleeping?
    • ... e-sports could be part of the athletes' program at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris?

    These soccer teams have an esports team

    FC Schalke 04

    FC Schalke 04 is the only Bundesliga team that not only runs its own FIFA team, but is also involved outside of virtual football. In mid-2016, the Royal Blues took over the “League of Legends” team “Elements”, which competes in the corresponding “League of Legends Champions Series”. (Image: Pixabay)

    VfB Stuttgart

    VfB Stuttgart has also recognized that e-sports and gaming represent a rapidly growing market. Since 2017 they have been sending two FIFA players themselves, the experienced Erhan “Dr. Erhan ”Kayman and newcomer Marcel“ Marlut ”Lutz, in the electronic competitions. & Nbsp; (Image: Pixabay)

    VfL Wolfsburg

    VfL Wolfsburg is considered to be the pioneer among football clubs that also have a professional esports team. A FIFA team was created back in 2015 and currently has three players. In addition, the club offers its visitors on the stadium grounds the opportunity to pick up the controller for a game themselves. & Nbsp; (Image: Pixabay)

    RB Leipzig

    RB Leipzig not only surprised its fans with its general involvement in the e-sports scene. The newly signed Cihan Yasarlar is also a well-known player who can already look back on a championship in the Virtual Bundesliga and the FIFA ESL League. Nobody won both titles in a year before. & Nbsp; (Image: Pixabay)

    What speaks for the job

    1. You can turn your hobby into a job
    2. At big tournaments you can expect high prize money
    3. Large and complex events
    4. Support from fan base
    5. No special training required

    What speaks against the job

    1. Short career as a player
    2. No professional experience
    3. Long working days