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    Mellow got a reaction from Smooveempigma in Becoming a Pro Gamer: Get into Competitive Gaming NOW!   
    I don't really mean to have a dig at vVv here so please take this first paragraph as genuine criticism that I believe would actually improve your community. I think that I would be more inclined to visit this website if the community wasn't so quick to just agree with whatever the top dogs put out. I think the insistence of bringing value to the organisation has almost scared people from sharing their opinion. I have read your web stats before and they are obviously something you take great pride in, but I imagine your bounce rate would be far, far better, if people were encouraged to debate and share their thoughts rather than just agree and post "great read" in reply to everything. I doubt it's just me who thinks this. Currently there's almost no reason for people to check back to earlier threads.

    The reason I say this is because I don't think this is a great read at all. In fact, I think that this was a piece that must have come about because there wasn't much content kicking about on the particular day that this was penned. For one, it would have been much better had you actually gone into further detail on a few of your points, including detailing a case of a player rising to the top out of relative obscurity and prove that you can actually come from nowhere and make it to the top rather than just saying it.

    "If you followed Major League Gaming's 2009 and 2010 Major League Gaming Pro Circuit, you would have seen many new players break into the top ranks."

    The article for the most part seems to be aimed at the average man who won't even know much about competitive gaming, other than that it exists, so a case example probably would have made it easier to relate to rather than them just taking your word for it.

    I also don't agree with the title of the article because I believe it's a touch misleading, in that, it's not necessarily a great time to aim to "become" a pro gamer. I think there's a significant difference between aiming to become a pro and getting into competitive gaming. I would define a pro gamer as someone who plays video games professionally, and therefore, they get paid to do so as a job. Attending events and competing for money, doesn't make you a professional.

    Don't get me wrong, I love eSports, but the opportunities to become a genuine professional are few and far between and for 99.9% of players, the rewards vs the sacrifices are not balanced. Even if you compare current opportunities to a few years ago, there aren't even necessarily more opportunities than there have been in the past. There are more tournaments for some games, more exposure and more businesses interested in gaming, but the opportunities available to the average player become a professional gamer is by no means at an all time high.

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