Your odds of getting to the FIFA World Cup might be slim considering that there’s a lot that goes into training, building the right physique, skills, other times talent, and the right connections to become a professional football player. For a lot of us, getting into a professional football tournament might be a far-off dream, but today, there’s another way where you can realize that dream with training, discipline, will power, and your gaming device.
If you’re obsessed with FIFA and video games, this is the perfect stage to show off your dexterity and prowess at fielding goals. The FIFA eWorld Cup, also formerly known as the FIFA Interactive World Cup (FIWC) is a virtual competitive gaming tournament held by the FIFA organization itself in partnership with popular and well-established video game giant, Electronic Arts or EA Sports. It might not be FIFA World Cup per se, but now, the FIFA eWorld Cup, its digital counterpart, has one of the most number of players in eSports according to GamingScan. That makes FIFA eWorld Cup as one of the largest and most anticipated eSports events in the online gaming community.
Just last 2019, the prize pool increased from $400,000 to $500,000, but this year they’re prepared to make it more stellar as the EA SPORTS FIFA 20 Global Series tournaments is ready to give away $3 million worth of prizes! Excited yet? I bet you would be especially if you’re one of the contenders at one of the most celebrated eSports competitions in the world.
If you have the guts, the tenacity, and the drive to take your game to the playoffs, this can be your chance to make it big because the FIFA eWorld Cup has an open qualifying format that enables all aspiring professional eSports players to compete in the preliminary stages. This is a great move to level off the playing field and open a stream of opportunities for all talented and driven contestants. Given the chance to finally compete internationally, what would it take to get you to qualify for the playoffs? Begin with the basics.
Don’t Skip the Grind
To be able to be a master at something, you have to put in the hours of training to learn about its nooks and crannies and improve your play. If you’re not willing to do that, forget about competing as a pro gamer. Now, even though there’s really no physical soccer practice involved, you have to condition yourself by practicing your gameplay as often as you can. Some eSports players would put themselves in heavy training like 15 to 20 hours a day, but you don’t need to push yourself to that level if your body can’t handle it. Remember that your physical health is just as important.
Aside from training, you can also watch other people’s gameplay so you can learn from them as well and you might even pick up some moves that you can add to your own arsenal.
Practice, Improve, and Strategise
For you to qualify for the FIFA eWorld Cup, you have to beef up your profile and show them that you can compete with other global players. According to the official FIFA website, you first need to win at least 27 games in a single Weekend League to reach the “Verified” status. Until then, there are still a series of qualifications you have to pass such as achieving a certain amount of Global Series Points before you can enter the online qualifiers for the season. So, practice, improve and strategize to increase your wins.
Get Yourself Out There
Mastering a skill or being a master in a specific field could be daunting, but remember that everybody sucked during their early years so those moments shouldn’t stop you from getting yourself out there and gaining the experience necessary to hone your skills. Go for minor leagues, expose yourself to the industry, don’t be afraid to suck at first, but learn and improve your craft, and of course, enjoy the journey.
Be with the Right Team
Even if it’s played virtually, a large factor in winning in a FIFA match is teamwork and camaraderie. There’s no use teaming up with the best players in the world if you all play as individuals rather than as a group. The secret formula in every successful team is how they play each other’s strengths to compensate for one another’s weaknesses.
Don’t Chase the Money
We know the prize money is attractive, but don’t let it get to you. Don’t chase the money because the money will follow as long as you refine your skills and constantly up your game. The money is good but when you only play for money, you begin to forget why you’re there in the first place, you lose your motivation if the pot is not up to your standards, and ultimately, you lose sight of your drive and that’s when you stop improving. So just take it one day at a time–train, play, learn, improve, and strategise.