5 Great Ways To Use Your Skills From Esports In Your Everyday Life

Kirjoittanut Craig Morris
 17 syyskuun, 2021
It comes to no surprise that with the booming popularity of esports, there comes more hopeful prospects trying to make it into the scene to make a splash with their skills. But what happens when you're part of an amateur team that couldn't push through, or when you're retired, or heck, even if you're just […]

It comes to no surprise that with the booming popularity of esports, there comes more hopeful prospects trying to make it into the scene to make a splash with their skills. But what happens when you're part of an amateur team that couldn't push through, or when you're retired, or heck, even if you're just a promising player that couldn't get any chances?

It is a very normal thing for people to question the skills you gain from gaming when it comes to everyday life as well as work life, but we at incoach here to tell you that it is not as bad as people think it is!

In this list we will provide at least 5 very good applications of skills that you may have picked up from the various esports titles today, to prove that you aren't just wasting your time, as people may be so inclined to tell you. Also in this list will be some very insightful links that may help sway your opinion regarding the validity of these skills.

Adaptive Skills

adaptive skills

It comes to no surprise that in the esports world where new patches with several changes happen so often, that as a player you develop the very useful ability of being able to adapt to changes. While some changes might still sting in real life scenarios, because of going through so many patch notes in your life, you are more likely than most to be more accepting of the new change than others. This can be seen as a very positive skill for plenty of job opportunities, and especially in day to day life, because of how hardwired we are as people to resist change. Even monkeys are found to be more cognitively flexible.

This means that all our time spent adjusting to all these patch changes transition pretty well into our lives as a soft skill that many people outside of esports may not have.

Leadership Skills

leadership skills

For IGLs in the various esports, you probably developed a style of leadership uniquely tailored to you and you alone. Regardless of where you get your leadership skills from, the charisma required to be a leader is a talent that either comes naturally or through repeated exposure to different problems in a team setting. Esports titles, especially MOBAs and other team based titles, have the distinction of having the leadership qualities required to head a small and focused team of individuals.

Being able to manage the people in your team while maintaining your own competency and skills is something that IGLs will be able to relate to, and it is not a simple feat to achieve. This makes leadership qualities found in IGLs of esports titles some of the most flexible- and desired skills in the world, as can be seen in this article from shawacademy.

Resource Management

resource management skills

Resource management is another very common skill for players in esports to have. Because in so many games, you are required to have a fundamental understanding of the various resources at your disposal, and how to best use them, this comes naturally. Understanding how much gold you need before going to base to buy a BKB in DOTA, an Infinity Edge in League of Legends, doing an econ round in CSGO or Valorant, or even deciding to save your meter in a fighting game in order to use it in a further round for a strategic advantage, all of these things come from a good understanding of how to manage the given resources.

Resource management is also a rather important skill in many different jobs particularly in the ones dealing with money. You may think that the skills from resource managing in games won't carry over, but there are several games out there with built in trading systems which require negotiations, an understanding of the market, and some finesse to get the best value out of your products and money spent for investments. This is a particularly under looked skill which needs a lot more attention than it currently has, and this article from assetpanda can shed a little more light on that.

Analysis and Knowledge Acquisition Skills

analysis and knowledge acquisition skills

This is another skill about gamers, and especially esports players may not necessarily think they have. Knowledge acquisition and thus the analysis skills gained from the extensive knowledge is another powerful skill in the world outside of esports. The fact of the matter is, in whatever game we play, we take in a lot of information that is useful and only useful in that particular game, besides any genre specific ones which can be useful when you hop from title to title, or general information that can be sprinkled in all sorts of games. Regardless, each game has its own plethora of jargon that only players or viewers of that game or esport can understand.

BKB for example are three letters which don't mean much for a lot of people, but for DOTA players it is an item which holds a lot of power for the user. Q, W, E, R, could just be simple letters on the keyboard but for a lot of gamers they represent certain skills or movement commands. In fact, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that with each additional game that a player plays, hundreds and hundreds of more information gets stored in the memory of that player, thus leading to a deeper understanding of the games and knowing exactly what to do with it, this is where Analysis skills come in.

Without a deep understanding of the different aspects of the game, the different esports titles today wouldn't be as popular as they are. Being able to see, as a player, the current situation or game state of your match and understanding how to make it better, or even before the match begins, knowing the different strategies at your disposal and possible counters for the opponent's strategy- this knowledge stems from the genuine interest in wanting to learn more.

If a player is able to take this ability to other fields, for sure they will be able to see the value in taking that same drive of wanting to learn and acquire more knowledge, using the same analytical skills they gained from the games they played, in future endeavours. These are skills that may not be visible to the viewer or even the player at first glance, but they are surprisingly, and glaringly obvious. This article from venturus.org elaborates more on the topic.

Problem Solving Skills

problem solving skills

Finally, to close out this list we have come to Problem Solving skills. This is something that goes hand in hand with analysis similarly to knowledge acquisition, but let us elaborate further on this. In esports, a lot of the decision making in game has to happen in split seconds at the least, maybe up to 10 seconds at most. This is a very unique environment which can also be seen in traditional sports, and thus creates an inherently stronger on the fly decision making ability in comparison to other fields out there.

While I am not stating that the decision making is perfect, being able to come with a decision no matter how hard it may be or how little time there is, is better than not making a decision at all, and the most successful players and teams in esports all showcase high levels of decision making skills very visible to everyone.

Whether its prefiring for the head where you think an opponent would be around the corner in fps games or predicting an opponent engage milliseconds before it happening in order to dodge it such as in league, or coming up with the optimal combo in fighting games to reach the corner or with just enough damage to close out the round, each and every game has its own set of problems with which the best players effortlessly are able to solve.

This makes problem solving skills, and particularly the 'on-the-spot' variety of problem skills, a very powerful one that an esports player have at their disposal. The emory wheel talks more about this topic here.

In conclusion...

The world of esports is a popular one and is still in its infancy, but unfortunately, not everyone will be able to make it, whether its the lack of support from the family, the infrastructure of esports in the country, or an unfortunate lack of skill. But this doesn't mean that the passion the players have for esports or video games is wasted. Hopefully, this list shows very valid reasoning behind why all that time spent on those games may not have been as wasteful as it may originally have been thought to be.

Knowing what to do with your skills is important for everyone, and the average person who couldn't make it big in esports is no different.

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