If you’re an avid follower of the PUBG Mobile esports scene – PMPL MY/SG Season 3 is just around the corner! – or just love playing Tencent’s mobile battle royale like we’re attempting to, you probably daydreamed about taking your hobby one step further and be a professional PUBG Mobile player in the local, nay, even international mobile esports scene. Well, we’ve got good news for you – it’s 100% possible.
“It’s actually similar to becoming a professional in physical sports,” Muhammad Aiman “Slydd” bin Mohamed Halim shared, the coach of team Anti Circle, one of 16 invited teams of PMPL MY/SG Season 3. “It’s basically turning your hobby into a career.”
The ex-PUBG PC professional advised aspiring pro players that one of the best ways to become a professional player, is to play PUBG Mobile‘s Classic Mode a lot – or specifically, “grind” as he puts is – until your K/D (kill/death) ratio’s numbers look good. This is due to the fact that scouts/talent seekers and the like will focus on one’s player statistics and narrow down potential players. “So if you have a good K/D ratio, you’ll eventually be noticed and they’d be more willing to try you out for their team,” Slydd said.
Or, if you’re already playing with a bunch of friends already, why not form your own ragtag team of players? This will allow you to compete in smaller competitions before being able to participate in the upper-tier ones. “If you manage to get into major tournaments, that’s where all the scouting happens,” Slydd explained. “Even big teams have roster shuffles, so they’ll look for new talents or players in these tournaments to recruit them.”
Aside from what the former SEAGM Wolf member shared, you can also upload your PUBG Mobile gameplay content – either via streaming or video recording – on social media platforms and hopefully get noticed. This was actually how Secret Jin’s Rex (former Team Secret member) got his ticket to the professional scene, after Team Secret’s Uhigh stumbled upon his gameplay uploads on Instagram and was impressed by them.
However, even as someone whose career in the Malaysian PUBG Mobile esports is cemented, coach Slydd said that the pursuit isn’t definitive. “You can try to go for it, but at least have something you can work with so you can still make a living.” Either have a job with enough income or get a diploma or degree first before attempting it, so that if your pursuit didn’t bear any fruits, then “you have something to fall back on”. One can never be too careful.
Stay tuned for our full interview with team Anti Circle, who will be competing in the PUBG Mobile Professional League Spring Split 2021.