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Esports questions and answers

Let’s tackle some common questions about this very varied games career path.

Esports has behind-the-scenes roles such as broadcast producer, photographer, event manager and finance officers; team management roles like coaches, managers and agents; media roles such as journalists, hosts and social media managers; and of course the players themselves.

Behind the scenes roles are responsible for organising, financing and delivering Esports tournaments. Team management roles are responsible for ensuring the players perform in the tournaments. The media roles are responsible for covering and promoting the tournaments. The players have to play and deliver performances during the tournaments.

Behind the scenes roles typically start their careers in other traditional sectors where they develop skills that are transferable to esports. Team management might come from other sports, education or relevant fields of practice. Media roles are usually people with media/social media backgrounds while the players contain a deep understanding for a specific esports title and have regular training sessions to improve.

Behind the scenes roles often have skills in negotiation, communication and people management that are key for working in a team environment. Media roles require good writing, editing and graphic design skills accompanied by an understanding of the gaming community and what they are interested in, including videos, memes, news updates and more. Professional players often develop their skills in amateur or grassroots tournaments – or reach the higher rankings within a particular game – before catching the attention of bigger teams.

  • What careers are available in Esports?

    Esports has behind-the-scenes roles such as broadcast producer, photographer, event manager and finance officers; team management roles like coaches, managers and agents; media roles such as journalists, hosts and social media managers; and of course the players themselves.

  • What do they do?

    Behind the scenes roles are responsible for organising, financing and delivering Esports tournaments. Team management roles are responsible for ensuring the players perform in the tournaments. The media roles are responsible for covering and promoting the tournaments. The players have to play and deliver performances during the tournaments.

  • How do they start their careers?

    Behind the scenes roles typically start their careers in other traditional sectors where they develop skills that are transferable to esports. Team management might come from other sports, education or relevant fields of practice. Media roles are usually people with media/social media backgrounds while the players contain a deep understanding for a specific esports title and have regular training sessions to improve.

  • What skills and experience help them start their careers?

    Behind the scenes roles often have skills in negotiation, communication and people management that are key for working in a team environment. Media roles require good writing, editing and graphic design skills accompanied by an understanding of the gaming community and what they are interested in, including videos, memes, news updates and more. Professional players often develop their skills in amateur or grassroots tournaments – or reach the higher rankings within a particular game – before catching the attention of bigger teams.

What next?

8-11 year olds

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  1. Watch Esports tournaments like Rocket League World Championship
  2. Learn how to play your favourite video games and try different esports titles.
  3. Take the opportunity to play with family and friends in a fun environment.
  4. Game titles like Minecraft, Sports and Racing video games are increasingly popular for creativity, exploration and easy to understand.
  5. Educate children about the importance of health and wellbeing. Developing early habits like drinking enough water and a good diet, regular physical activity and sleep patterns all contribute to youth development in and out of the game.

12-15 year olds

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  1. Watch Esports tournaments like League of Legends World Championships
  2. Compete with your friends at school in the British Esports Championships
  3. Arrange friendly competitions amongst friends or at school where you can look to set up a schools esports team.
  4. Attende events that can educate and inform on future careers within the esports ecosystem like WorldSkills UK, Insomnia and BETT Show.
  5. Set up and/or take part in esports clubs/societies within your school.
  6. Start to experiment with different roles within events from being a player, shoutcaster, marketing or event coordinating and find what you enjoy the most.

15-17 year olds

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  1. Continue with further education by investigating the BTEC Level 3 Esports
  2. Watch Esports tournaments like Fortnite World Cup or Overwatch League
  3. Compete with your friends at school or college in the British Esports Championships
  4. Attend events like the Esports in Education Summit or Esports in Education Conference (Scotland) to learn more about the career options and what qualifications and choices you have when leaving school.
  5. Use opportunities to build a portfolio and understanding of the esports industry. There is plenty of time and information available to develop your career in esports, but find what is right for you.
  6. Develop skills of your own. This can be through tutorials or guides from professionals in the industry, or by doing it yourself and developing a new initiative or style.

18+ year olds

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  1. Research esports roles through British Esports Association
  2. Watch Esports tournaments like VALORANT Regional Masters or Call of Duty League
  3. Compete with your friends at college in the British Esports Championships or if you are studying at university compete on behalf of your esports society in NUEL or NSE national competitions.
  4. Continue to build towards your esports career by getting work experience in other industries, which will build transferable skills to find a role in esports.
  5. Check out this esports jobs listings site.

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