eSports: Finding your “in”

So you want to be involved in eSports, but you aren’t a world class gamer yet? Thats okay!

This time is one of the best ever seen to be in a rapidly emerging markets. The eSports industry just surpassed $1B annually. To add to the excitement, Professional eSports team have adapted to the changes in styles of gaming that were forced by Covid-19 with “at-home tournaments.” While we await whats next in the eSports realm, the time to get in is now.

How can I get involved with the industry?

When you watch a professional sports tournament, is it only the players that as needed? No way! There are coaches, trainers, referees, the people who manage the fields, works the camera’s, etc. The point here is that there are many hands needed to pull of the events of even a single game. This is also something you can build a career around – in many different places. You may be a professional gamer, you may now, but here are a few job opportunities within the industry for just about anyone:

1. Professional Player

2. Coach

3. Analyst

4. Journalist

5. Content Creator

6. PR/ Marketing Coordinator

7. Game Host

8. Partnership Manager

9. Game Developer

10. Event Coordinator

11. Player Agent

12. Organization Owner

13. Referee

14. Team Legal Representation

15. Team Scheduling Coordinator

I think you get the point. There are dozens of opportunities within the eSports industry if you can think creatively enough. Not only that, but by doing a simple job search, you will find additional ways to get your foot in the proverbial door. I’m not saying it will be as easy as finding a position the traditional way. I am saying if this is the industry for you, its worth it.

Are there any “cheat codes” to getting picked?

Like in many of the best games, once player beat the game they will find cheat codes to unlock new quests, or search for easter eggs that are available outside the main story line. Getting starting in a new career can be very similar. The traditional route of applying for a job and praying is one way, and then finding loopholes to improve your chances are like those cheat codes. In the eSports world, job experience matters. They want artists of the craft – agents to make deals, coordinators with skills of efficiency, and partnership managers that drive relationship opportunities. Make yourself a “can’t pass up” necessity for the company and you’ll find more opportunities than you may have imagined.

My cheat codes for you: Find a specialized niche – First person shooters, Adventure, Strategy that generates money and interest. Connect with them and volunteer your time. Learn the playmakers throughout the organization and build impactful relationships with them. Ask continuously what more you can do to help, then do it. Let them know you are available for any full time opportunity with the esports world and discuss if they have openings or know of any. Wash, rinse, repeat. Do this 2-3 times and I guarantee there will be esports opportunities available for you in one of these categories mentioned above.

To get you started, here is a quick search I did in Zip Recruiter for eSports jobs.

The question I have for you is – How bad do you want it?… Prove it.

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