[Written Externally By Nick Orwell]

Gamers by their very nature are competitive beings, enjoying the thrill of outthinking or outwitting an opponent.

With the onset of the internet age, that competitive spirit has been tapped into even further, with everyone from advertising agencies to video game developers extolling the virtues of gamification.

Due to this ramping up of competitive gaming in the online sphere, getting to the top of leader boards for certain games has never been tougher, with the level of competition rising and rising.

In this article, we take a look at just some of the mobile training apps that can blast your gaming skills into the stratosphere, just in time for all the big end of year game releases.

As is the case with anything in life, to get good at complex games you have to practice and study as much as you can

Learning is a Lifelong Process for Players of Classic Games

While many contemporary online games can be mastered in a matter of weeks or months, there are some classic board games and card games that people have been attempting to master for thousands of years, with still no end in sight to the progressions that can be made in such games.

One of these is the chequered battlefield of chess, a game that has benefitted from a huge resurgence thanks to online chess arenas like Chess.com and Lichess.org, as well as training apps provided by the grand master himself Magnus Carlson or the one curated by Chess King. Dedicate enough time to the training courses found on such apps and it only will be a matter of time before you regularly declare “check mate” to your opponents.

Another classic game that has millions of players around the world racking their brains for new approaches and tactics is poker, and particularly the Texas Hold’em version of the game. To help all levels of player, there are some incredible online resources out there including apps, some of which are devised by the highest rollers on the planet. Some of these leading training sites include DTO, Upswing Poker, and Run It Once, all of which have the backing of top pros.

Just remember that having these apps downloaded on your phone or tablet will not automatically make you a great player. Hard work and dedication are what it takes to get to the top of these classic games, but these apps put all the tools you need at your disposal.

Chess and poker are two classic games that can take an entire lifetime to master, with most players falling short of ever achieving true mastery, but the apps above can help you get close

Making Sure You Always Shoot Straight

While some online mobile games are all about tactics and brain power, others are about guile and reflexes.

To get better at popular online mobile games such as Call of Duty or PUBG it always pays off to watch content posted by popular streamers, most of whom post tutorials and play-through videos on YouTube or other video platforms.

Once you have their general methods mastered, you will want to know how they perfect their aim to such a finite degree. The 3D Aim Trainer app can help with just that, making you a crack shot no matter which battle royale game you turn your hand to.

Connecting with eSports Experts Willing to Lend a Hand

If after all your personal study time and practice you find your progress plateauing, it can sometimes be worthwhile searching out a coach who can fix the flaws in your approach to a particular game.

There are now apps such as GosuNow which specialise in bringing together people from all across the world of eSports, so that tips and tricks can be shared among players of differing levels.

If such an app does not allow you to find the coach you are searching for, there are plenty of sites such as Fivver and GamerSensei, that are sure to have a bunch of coaches chomping at the bit to turn you into the next Ninja or Shroud.

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