Starting a Career in the eSports Industry

Have you ever wondered about the massive army of people who work behind the scenes of the eSports industry?

The eSports industry is becoming a quickly growing source of some top-quality jobs. Perhaps your dream has always been to become a pro gamer and join one of the top teams – and who hasn’t had the fantasy of becoming the next Li Peng at one time or another?

However, if you know in reality that you’re never going to reach that level there are still ways of becoming part of the competitive video gaming world with a job in a supporting or developmental role.

It’s big business for a reason. There’s a massive army of fans hungry for live streaming of the gaming competitions that people play online. Large companies like ESPN and Redbull have been savvy enough to start sponsoring teams worldwide, as they have realised the growth potential of eSports.

This cool infographic from Computer Planet (on the right) shows the huge variety of careers available in the eSports industry. The average salaries are pretty good, and the infographic lists the kind of experience you’ll need to break into one of these jobs. NOTE: right-click and select Open in New Tab. The image is too large to be viewed in this page.

Are you great at social media? You could become a social media associate or manager, helping the gamers and teams keep their social media platforms updated.

Can you speak another language fluently? You could become a game translator/localization co-ordinator. They help by providing translation and interpretation across the eSports industry.

There’s never been a better time to pursue a career in eSports. The gaming industry has grown hugely in the last few years, and is set to become even bigger and more lucrative. Projections show that the market is expected to be worth £800 million ($1.08 billion) this year alone.

Just yesterday, Mark Van Lommel (Blizzard Entertainment senior PR Manager of the Overwatch League) reached out to inform me Activision Blizzard announced the sale of three additional Overwatch League teams, plus the start dates for the pre-Season and inaugural Season start dates.

THE OVERWATCH LEAGUE™ SIGNS FINAL THREE TEAMS FOR INAUGURAL SEASON

New owners, including Comcast Spectacor, acquire teams for Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia. Preseason begins December 6, 2017 at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles

SANTA MONICA Calif. & IRVINE, Calif.—September 20, 2017 — The stage is now set for the inaugural season of the Overwatch League™. Teams for Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia have signed on, bringing the total for the first season to the targeted 12 franchises representing major cities in Asia, Europe, and North America. The new team owners announced today are:

Comcast Spectacor (Philadelphia), leader in sports and entertainment and owner of the Philadelphia Flyers Team Envy (Dallas), veteran esports organization with experience across multiple genres OpTic Gaming (Houston), established esports organization known for its passionate global fan base.

The Overwatch League also announced today that preseason play will start on Wednesday, December 6, with a series of exhibition matches featuring all 12 teams. The regular season will then kick off on January 10 and will run into June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all preseason and regular season games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California, custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events.

“We’re excited to kick off the inaugural season of the Overwatch League,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “We have the very best team owners in esports and we will celebrate our professional players better than any league ever has!”

“With the first 12 teams in place, we’re now just a few short months away from the inaugural season of the Overwatch League,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “This is a huge milestone for the league; we can’t wait for the action to get underway and to see some of the top competitive Overwatch® players in the world facing off to become the first-ever Overwatch League champions.”

“Comcast Spectacor is thrilled to play a central role in the Overwatch League’s inaugural season and energize the growing esports community in Philadelphia and beyond,” said Dave Scott, President and CEO, Comcast Spectacor. “An esports franchise is a great addition to our portfolio of sports and entertainment assets and we believe that Overwatch League is uniquely positioned to succeed.”

“We are beyond excited to be joining the Overwatch League and helping to build the future of esports in Dallas,” said Mike Rufail, owner and CEO of Team Envy. “Envy already has a significant history in competitive Overwatch, and we are pleased to be able to build upon that legacy in the league later this year.” Hersh Interactive Group, the esports investing entity affiliated with Hersh Family Investments, is a substantial investment partner in Team Envy, which continues to be led by Mike Rufail. The Dallas Overwatch League team is owned by a wholly owned subsidiary of Team Envy.

“It’s an absolute honor to represent the great city of Houston in the Overwatch League,” said Hector Rodriguez, owner and CEO of OpTic Gaming. “This is another significant milestone in OpTic’s history and a testament to the loyal support of our fans. We’re excited to continue shaping the future of esports and bring the OpTic passion to the rapidly expanding Overwatch community.”

Further details about the Overwatch League, including team specifics such as team names, logos, and colors, as well as more information about the inaugural season’s schedule and format, will be announced in the coming months.

About the Overwatch League™

The Overwatch League™ is the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams across Asia, Europe, and North America. Overwatch® was created by globally acclaimed publisher Blizzard Entertainment (a division of Activision Blizzard – Nasdaq: ATVI), whose iconic franchises have helped lay the foundations and push the boundaries of professional esports over the last 15 years. Among Blizzard’s stable of twenty-one #1 games,* Overwatch is the fastest to reach more than 30 million players. Overwatch was built from the ground up for online competition, with memorable characters and fast-paced action designed for the most engaging gameplay and spectator experiences. To learn more about the Overwatch League, visit www.overwatchleague.com.

© 2017 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. OVERWATCH and OVERWATCH LEAGUE are trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

 

Such an ambitious expansion demands the creation of new job openings to fill various positions at many levels from host announcer in front of the camera to all the techs behind the camera, planning and organization to make this large machine work.

If you don’t have yet an idea of the magnitude of these new Overwatch Team owners and the potential for eSports growth, let me tell you a bit about just one of them: OpTic Gaming. They have a wide-ranging partnership with a Texas-based diversified eSports and entertainment holdings company that is led by Chris Chaney, and Texas Rangers co-owner Neil Leibman. That means two things: jobs and growth.

It has never been better to seek a career in eSports, and whether it is Heroes of the Storm or Overwatch, you should step forward and contact not only Blizzard Entertainment, but the team owners as well. Put forward your resume. Make phone calls. Show up in person. Send an email. Sell yourself, and show your passion for eSports. That’s the key to getting started in an eSports career.

You don’t even need to be among the cast in front or behind the cameras. The eSports careers encompass other areas such as: Electricians, DJs, sound techs, translators, photographers, PR managers and staff, Social Media managers, booth planner, event organizer, artists for the eSports UI and other graphics, 3D animators, eSports Business Strategy Associate, Gear & Apparel staff, Marketing, talent recruiters, local and international tax staff, warehouse manager and personnel, cosplayers, and much more are cogs in the eSports machine.

Looking for a career in eSports? Here are the new Overwatch League Team owners:

  • Boston – Robert Kraft (CEO of The Kraft Group & New England Patriots)
  • New York – Jeff Wilpon (co-Founder and Partner at Sterling.VC, COO of New York Mets)
  • San Francisco – Andy Miller (chairman/founder of NRG eSports)
  • Los Angeles – Noah Whinston (CEO of Immortals)
  • Los Angeles – Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke (cofounder of KSE eSports)
  • Miami – Ben Spoont (Misfits CEO)
  • Shangai – NetEase
  • Seoul – Kevin Chou (Cofounder of Kabam)
  • London – Jack Etienne (CEO/founder of Cloud9)
  • Houston – Hector Rodriguez (CEO) and Ryan Musselman (COO) of OpTic Gaming

You can read about the final teams for the Overwatch League Inaugural Season here.

Don’t forget to check out the large Infographic image on the right (You need to right-click and choose Open in New Tab to view the full image).

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