Pursuing a career in eSports is no more an odd choice considering the growth the sport is making. There are many people who are now making a living out of eSports by working in different fields within the industry.
eSports is a bigger industry does not involve only the players and organizers. There are many positions that you could take up in the eSports industry. There are opportunities to become a product manager, community manager, Shout cast/ Host, Journalist or Content creator, agent, pro gamer, referee or an event manager. What this implies is that virtually everyone can pursue a career in eSports.
But one does not just pursue a career in eSports without getting to know what the sports is really about, the duties of the various roles or portfolios or how to look out for jobs in the industry. These are the essentials one needs to before pursuing a career in eSports.
4 things you need to know before pursuing eSports career
Know about eSports
In order to pursue a career in eSports, one needs to what the sports is actually about. There are loads of information about the categories of games, competitions and organising that one needs to read about before a pursuing a career in the industry.
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Websites like Forbes.com, Britishesports.com, Esportsobserver.com and many others can be very helpful in getting abreast with what the sports is about.
Getting to know about the sports will definitely give one a fair idea of what the sports is about and help create a solid foundation to pursue a career in eSports.
Identify what you want to do
One of the most important things you need to know before pursuing a career in Sports is to identify what you want to do exactly. As indicated earlier, there are several jobs in the industry and thus it is incumbent on you to decide on what you want to do. Britishesports.com has a list of jobs in the industry and it is very helpful in identifying a job in the eSports industry that suits you perfectly.
Some of the jobs may require knowledge in a specific field before pursuing it. Roles such as the content creator or host may require one to have a journalistic background to be able to work effectively in that field. There are other roles such as statistician and lawyer which may require statistics and law background respectively. On the other hand, knowledge in the field such as pro gamers may be obtained as a result of constant individual practice.
Get acquainted with the preferred job
After identifying your preferred job, it is imperative to know what the job entails. You only need not to know about the duties but also the timeliness and the demanding nature of it. This will help you decide whether or not you can work effectively in the field.
Caroline Miller in an interview reported on Britishesports.com gives an idea of what being a Marketer in the eSports industry is about. “You need to know your sector and work hard!” Caroline Miller states.
“But you also need to know your weaknesses and not misrepresent yourself to your clients, you’ll get caught out in the end and the games industry is pretty small!
“The games industry moves very fast so staying relevant is key. We tend to hire people who are gamers with a good attitude, rather than people with traditional PR backgrounds.
“We can teach people PR but we can’t teach them a love and appreciation of gaming and a good work ethic – they need to bring that to the table themselves.”
Caroline’s account gives an idea of what it requires of a marketer in the eSports industry and shows why it is essential to know about your role before you pursue it.
Look out for jobs
There are several sites on the internet that gives an update on the availability of jobs in the eSports industry. A handful of them are Hitmaker.com, Esports Observer, Jobs in esports, Glassdoor and indeed. Most of the available jobs have information on roles and salary. One could have the opportunity to work as an intern or full time employer
They are several people who are proud to have to have chosen eSports as a career and this is partly because they knew about the sports and roles before pursuing it. Nearly everyone can pursue a career in eSports but a solid foundation needs to be built before.