Gaming, a new profession?
Gaming, a new profession? Increasing numbers of young video gamers view esports (i.e., competitive video gaming) as a career opportunity, rather than just a recreational activity. Previous studies have explored the motivational differences between esport and recreational gamers and the motivational changes through career journey to become a professional esports player. The present study explored the predictors of career plans to become a professional esports player, with a specific focus on gaming motivations. Gaming time, gaming motivations, and esport-related playing experience were also examined among Hungarian gamers with competitive gaming experiences (N = 190), such as years spent in esports, medium, and frequency of participating in esports tournaments, the effort put into training before the tournaments, and the plans to become a professional esports player. Choosing a Career is one of the most important decisions that youth has to take but many young people find this is a hard