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How to play video games professionally

Sohum Uppal
Drake Drendel (‘25) intensely looks at his monitor at his set-up made with all the highest technology you can find for gamers. Wagering fellow professional players in tournaments or 1v1 is very common for Drake, and here he is competing against a friend of his to practice his skills and prepare himself for the next upcoming Cash Cup.

“The truth is, eSports takes dedication, strategy, and even some physical strength or you’ll be too slow,” said Drake Drendel (‘25). 

In today’s modern society, it is impossible to not feel overwhelmed or stressed by everyday pressures. This is constantly forcing many teenagers to find their own escape from their day-to-day lives. Many choose to go out and socialize with friends on weekends, and some choose to walk up and down the mall shopping all day. But for many, sitting down on their device of choice and playing video games with friends is all they need to help relax from a stressful week. 

With 97% of the current teenage population having played a video game sometime in their lives, electronic activity has forever changed the world, starting with the release of Tennis for Two in 1958. Video games have left a deep imprint on our society and after years of bashing, they can now keep you free from a nine-to-five job before entering college.  

Now, if it was possible to give a step-by-step on how to win your first video game tournament and end up with an easy $50,000 in your bank account, everyone would have done so by now. But here is the truth: if you are attempting to become a professional in a video game that has already been dominated, that is your first mistake.  

The quickest way to make it into the professional leagues in eSports is by being one of the “OG’s” as Drake shared with us. This means that you have to put the time in and not become stuck on an individual game if you see you have little to no progress. Fortunately for Drake, he was one of the original players when Fortnite was released, allowing him to grow his skills at a similar pace to other players.  

At this point, you understand that you must be different and try out all different styles of games. Whether in a first-person shooter or an open world game, you not only learn quickly which games you have a natural skill for but find a fun free time activity. So, you know your game now and are ready to become a pro. What next? 

Dedication and practice are inherent aspects for professionals who earn a living through their passions. Initially, it might seem trivial, given that it’s just a “game,” but the key distinction between an average player and someone who makes a living through competitive play lies in their consistent training. Many of these athletes spend their time off the game using aim-training websites, strengthening reflex times, and staying in the gym to keep their brains and bodies sharp.  

At the end of the day, if you think you can turn on your Xbox or PS4, load it into a tournament game, and win some money on your weekends, you are most likely overestimating your ability. To make it to that level of skill, it not only takes hours of time and dedication, but more importantly, originality. The true skill all professional gamers poses is being able to break a game down to its mechanics, allowing them to be two steps ahead of the next button you are about to press on the controller.  

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Brandon Arteaga
Brandon Arteaga, Editor of Sports
Shortstop on the Easton Prime baseball team, expert at Mario Kart, and Editor of Sports at the WCC, Brandon Arteaga (‘24) embodies Yoshi a friendly, carefree cartoon dinosaur. And much like a Yoshi, Brandon always brings positive energy to his surroundings, from leading the Webb baseball team and Easton Prime as captain to making goofy jokes around his friends. Just like how Yoshi’s constant exclamations of “Yoshi!” endear him to his fellow dinosaurs, Brandon expresses care of culture through play and language –– seeing Spanish as a medium to reconnect with his dad’s side of the family. Over the weekend, you may find him playing Call of Duty at his home in Upland, chilling with his two dogs, Mambo and Simba, or laughing through the out-of-the-box plot in the Regular Show. In addition to his generosity towards friends and family, Brandon is an avid sunset lover. His fondness for nature blossomed into a passion for climate change activism during his time at Webb, and he hopes to continue raising public awareness around this topic. Looking forward to the year, Brandon hopes to submit his works on time and explore diverse avenues of college baseball, exemplifying Yoshi’s adventurous spirit. And who knows? He may gain another inspiration to tackle global warming during a late-night drive to the beach or spontaneous stargazing venture –– and begin flutter-jumping! Favorite Song: "The Good Ones Go" by Drake
Nicolaas Grobler
Nicolaas Grobler, Co-Editor of Photography
Relishing all the small moments, Nicolaas Grobler (‘24) captures them all by engaging with different forms of media, from video editing to photography. Aside from this, Nick enjoys skateboarding with friends, listening to artists like Playboi Carti and Tay-K or watching some of his favorite shows like The Office or BoJack Horseman. This past summer, Nick returned to Long Island, New York, where he often returns each year to spend with his family. From working as a busboy to volunteering as a nurse, Nick was staying busy. Whether in front of or behind the camera, he finds a way to capture his passions in the spotlight. His interests in both business from trading stocks and the medical field have inspired him to pursue a future in the biotech business industry. As Nick enters his final year at Webb and in journalism as the Editor of Photography, he hopes to expand the media content he puts out while enjoying his last memories here, one click at a time.  Favorite Song: "Out On Bond" by BabyTron
Sohum Uppal
Sohum Uppal, Editor of Science & Technology
Sohum Uppal (‘25) likes to build cars during his free time. Yes, you heard that right — not toy cars or miniature models, but life-sized, mechanical engines used for transportation. Currently embroiled in fixing a motorcycle, he finds peace in tinkering with nuanced components to enliven a fully functional vehicle. Just like how he enjoys fine-tuning wires and relocating structures, Sohum lives for the thrill of transforming numbers and functions when he tries to solve math problems. In fact, he had been learning math during the past summer while making chicken boxes at Raising Cane's and playing with his Siberian husky, Astro. Sohum’s productive break ended a week earlier than most of his peers, because of his new leadership role as the student government’s serotonin commissioner. He loved planning community events such as the Welcome Back Dance and hopes to give students a boost of happiness, especially during stressful times. Sohum looks forward to establishing genuine connections with the Webb community this year through community service and sports. As the Science and Technology Section Editor in the WCC, he strives to increase related articles with his passion for STEM. One thing is for certain: the Tech section is in great hands.   Favorite song: Nascar dashcar- lucki

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