I think this is a question everyone passionate about eSports is asking. Regardless of if you’re a Gamer trying to make money as a Streamer, YouTuber, or some other ways; getting a job in eSports may be the next best thing. I love eSports, and if you’re reading this, you most likely do as well. Before diving into this article fully I want to point out that there are definitely a bunch of ways to make money in Gaming. That’s what this site is all about! This is just another addition to help people get involved.
I want to also let you know that there is no magic trick that will suddenly get you a job in eSports. If that is what you’re looking for, then you came to the wrong place. This article is not going to tell you to do one specific thing in order to get you your ultimate goal. That would be nice, but hard work comes with any path you choose in life. Luckily, if you choose a job you love, the work won’t really be “work”.
There are a ton of different routes that you could choose to go down, but generally there is one starting point. That point is more then likely exactly where your at. Regardless of if you eventually want to become an eSports Shoutcaster, Analyst, Manager or some other role, you have to start! You’re probably thinking “no kidding!”, but it’s a simple truth that a lot of people never get to. Instead they sit back and hope that one day their dream job will fall in their laps. Unfortunately life isn’t always that easy and sometimes we’re forced to open our own doors to the future we most want for ourselves.
There are a bunch of great ways to begin taking action that don’t involve any crazy amount of work and just might lead you to the career you’re looking for. First off, you need to begin as an amateur. Whatever path you’re looking to go down will most likely have a designated starting point, and if it doesn’t, you can use another starting point. For the most part writing is a great place to start for any path. You don’t have to have your own blog necessarily, but even writing for other websites and guest blogging is an awesome way to get your name out there. Once people start seeing your name more often, you begin building your credibility. If writing isn’t your thing, you can start making a name for yourself in other ways, like amateur shout casting. I’ve even seen amateur shout casters put together there own tournaments just to begin showing the world what they got! Heck, if you can’t get your name on a gig, make your own! That’s motivation!
The trick to getting these gigs is the fact that you will be volunteering. Volunteering and writing for free is the start you will need in order to put yourself out there. These things get you closer and closer to your ultimate goal. Sure, managing an amateur team could also be great, but sticking the majority of your time to that one team creates a risk for yourself. If that team doesn’t make it, you have a much slighter chance of making it. Don’t put all your eggs in just one basket! Expand your horizon in eSports and cover as many points as you possible can. This means also being involved in social media and forums. The more people see your name, the better.
Networking is possibly the most important part of your journey towards a job in eSports. Sure, volunteering, consistency and writing will all get you much closer, but these all fall into marketing and promoting yourself. You want people to know who you are and you want to be seen all around eSports. You should love eSports and constantly talking about it and being involved in it should definitely not be hard work. Actually, it should be fun! You could start as an amateur shout caster and writer, hosting your own tournaments to try and make a name for yourself and then with a blink of an eye be getting an offer to manage or coach an eSports team. Now does that mean you have to give up your other gigs? Not at all. That can just become another route you’re going to dominate.
This might all seem obvious to some people, but it’s nothing but the truth. If you can be consistent and not fall off and go unseen sporadically, people will notice. People will know who you are. Consistency and motivation is a huge part in this path. Another huge part is to not forget your routes. You’re a gamer at heart, so game! Game and follow the eSports Tournaments more then ever before! Keep yourself involved and don’t ever NOT know what’s going on in the scene. Don’t wake up and find yourself engulfed in social media and slaving to create boring articles only to realize you’ve forgotten why you started in the first place.