Being a professional streamer and a pro player are two very different things. For instance, streaming does not necessarily mean that you possess a certain skill-set to play the game. It sure helps your case if you can do something extraordinary; ultimately, though, it merely requires you to be entertaining. Being a pro-player is totally different. It requires constant practice, grinding every day, just like any other sport. Anyone can stream but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea to become a pro player. SypherPK, however, thinks that every Fortnite streamer can become a pro player.
In a recent video, SypherPK explains how it’s possible for most streamers to go pro in Fortnite. He says how people think streamers like him and Ninja will never be able to go pro but that is not the case. He believes that ‘genetics do not play a role in Fortnite competitive.’ Sypher feels a game like Counter Strike Global Offensive might be affected by genetics because it’s very aim-focused, but not Fortnite.
Advice for budding professional players
Sypher believes that if you get your mechanics right in Fortnite, it all comes down to your positioning and decision-making. He also says that becoming a pro player requires at least 6-8 hours of practice. He further breaks down the 8-hour practice into different parts for us.
First, you spend 1 hour on getting your mechanics right like edit drills, building drills, etc. You spend the next hour on Aim Lab to improve your aiming skills. Next, you spend 2 hours practicing box fighting. He boasts about his reach here and how he can get a number of pro players to practice with him every day (quite a flex, Sypher).
You then spend the next 3 hours playing scrims and spend the remaining last hour talking to a coach, learning more about the game, etc. Do that for 2-3 months regularly, and you’re good to go. But this ‘grind’ also comes with certain obstacles. You might have prior commitments that may get in the way. He also says that it’s more difficult when you’re a student because you may not have the discipline or maturity to follow a tight schedule.
All this does make sense. There may be a ton of things stopping you from being a pro-player, but you have to decide what you really want to do. He gives an example of how Ninja is not a pro player and is focused on building his own brand, worth millions.
Is competitive Fortnite worth it?
He also took another sly dig at the competitive Fortnite scene by saying ‘Is it really worth putting all your eggs in?’
What he meant here is that he wonders if Fortnite really is that big of an esports title, even with all the prize money involved. He feels competitive Fortnite is not cut out for everyone as it is a very stressful environment. According to him, not everyone is going to make it in competitive Fortnite and ‘if you don’t do it as a job, you’re gonna fail.’
Sypher has pointed out both sides of the coin here. One where he says you don’t have to be a pro player to be a streamer, and the second one being the perils of becoming a pro player. There is just too much competition to rise to the top. His advice to the budding pro players to make a proper schedule is very crucial. The decision eventually falls on you whether to stream or grind to become a pro.
In all honesty, he has been very vocal about the game losing its charm and he has decided to give Warzone a preference for his streams, at least until Epic Games improves their game.
Source: SypherPK YouTube
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