Jobs in The Ever-Expanding ESports Industry
ESports is growing fast, and so are the number and types of jobs available in the industry. Here’s a list of the different kinds of work in the world of eSports. It’s a huge range, from competitor and coach to analyst and host.
These are the people who actually play the games and compete in tournaments. They tend to have their own fan bases and stream their own content. They’re often traded between teams, and they have annual contracts similar to those of athletes in traditional, real-world sports. ESports athletes typically receive an annual income from their agency and bring in additional revenue from sponsorships, partnerships, and prize winnings. If you’re looking to become a professional eSports athlete, try joining a local eSports team. If there isn’t one available, start your own! All you have to do to climb the standings is practise and train. If you beat out enough other teams, you’ll begin to get noticed.
Host, otherwise known as shoutcaster
The hosts or shoutcasters are responsible for commentating on games. They’re the people you hear calling out the play-by-play and the key moments in a game. Usually, there are two shoutcasters. One is responsible for calling the game action (such as passes, kills, et cetera) and the other is responsible for highlighting important moments, such as when a player does something unique or unsportsmanlike. Hosts are also responsible for interviewing players, and for providing commentary before and after games.
Typically, shoutcasters have personalities that keep viewers interested and put on a good show. Imagine you’re watching a hockey game without announcers. That game would be boring and confusing, wouldn’t it? You’d have to track every player and every action all on your own. This emphasizes the importance of shoutcasters. They’re the face of the event, and influence ratings and potential sponsorships.
Analysts take information from games and use it to aid their team. They help the team come up with appropriate player partnerships and decide which players bring out the best in teammates. An analyst typically works closely with team management and the coach to come up with plays and strategies that will help the team win games.
A coach helps bring out the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of each player on a team. They work closely with the players and are involved in every aspect of the game, often developing strategies with the help of the team analyst. A coach tends to be the first line of communication between players, identifying anything they require to succeed. A good coach is able to detect if a particular player is upset or needs more direct attention. Overall, the coach is kind of like a parent figure, which can be important considering that eSports teams often have many young people on their rosters.
A manager oversees the workings of the organization itself. They’re responsible for negotiating and drawing up player contracts. They work to garner sponsorships, and help recruit players to the team.
Managers are also responsible for hiring and managing the staff that set up equipment, managing tournament schedules, and many other administrative duties.
Owners tend to stand apart from their teams. They typically interact with the manager or coach and determine their own responsibilities. Owners are usually focused on building up a team’s brand and image.
Like traditional, real-world sports, eSports need someone to make sure everything in a game runs according to the rules. Referees are also settle disputes between players.
Content creators are responsible for generating and managing all content relating to the team, down to articles and blog posts. They may also run interviews with players and manage social-media profiles and campaigns.
Typically, content creators work in marketing, branding, and everything else related to a team’s image.
Journalists are also technically content creators in the eSports industry. If a player sets a record, they’ll be the first to report the story. If someone is caught cheating or a fight breaks out, journalists will be all over it.
Marketing and public-relations representative
Marketing and public-relations officials are responsible for keeping a team in the limelight—for all the right reasons. They want the brand to have a positive reputation, one that brings in sponsors and encourages fans to donate. Essentially, the job is to manage the relationship between the team and its viewers. Without someone is this role, a team might struggle to find a following.
Social-media managers come in two types: hands-on and hands-off. Hands-on social-media managers work directly through social-media accounts. If a team has a dedicated Twitter account, for example, this manager would run it personally. They’d be responsible for publishing promotional content and responding to messages from the fan base. A hands-off social-media manager is one who’s responsible for managing social media campaigns, working to approve certain ideas, and decline others. This type of social-media manager acts as a filter for all content headed toward public channels.
Agents work on behalf of individual players or entire teams. They’re responsible for securing good deals for their clients. They handle all the technicalities and stressful tasks that the client has no time for. They usually handle salaries, prize money shares, sponsorship deals, and other related affairs.
The eSports industry is so much more than just professional gamers. It involves people from all walks of life and many types of background and experience. You don’t necessarily have to be an expert in video games to succeed here. If you have people skills, you’ll fit right in. If you’re good at setting up and fixing equipment, you’ll be a valuable asset. There are so many opportunities for so many different kinds of people.