GAMES: Getting more out of esports, career options?
September 5, 2019 Divine Sanchez
Are you interested in making a living out of esports? Well, here are some careers you can consider!
With esports now becoming a more and more acceptable industry, people are asking, “What else is there it?” Well, careers anyone? There’s a lot you can do–I MEAN THERE’S REALLY A LOT. From being a gamer, commentator, event organizer, to a marketing officer, you can almost be anything. So we’re about to breakdown each job there is to esports.
#1 Professional player
I think it’s obvious this will be the first career you can make out of esports. Because this is where everything really begins, agree? We see players making it big with the massive amount of cash prizes you can win. One example is Dota 2 player Djardel Jicko “DJ”Mampusti from the team Fnatic. According to Esportsearnings, he’s placed 1st in players with the highest earnings in the Philippines which equates to $759,997.31. Wow right? Coming next is League of Legends player Jake “Xmithie” Puchero with $282,442.60. And if you compare it to conventional sports, June Mar Fajardo, a Filipino basketball player, DJ and Xmithie’s earnings are pretty much on par with Fajardo’s more than $500,000 earnings.
For those who don’t want the glitz and glamour of the professional gaming platform, there is still a way to make a career out of esports. Ever heard of streaming? Well, amateur players use streaming sites like Facebook, Twitch, and Youtube to broadcast their games. Some streamers use their respective appeal to gain viewers. If you’re really good or just really funny maybe you want to try it out? You can earn from streaming by attracting followers and receive “tips” or “stars” from them which are equivalent to real money. In case you didn’t know, Ninja, Twitch’s biggest star, earns over $1 million every month from streaming. The famous streamer has 14,666,175 followers and a net worth of $10 million.
If you have the passion for analyzing games and staying at the backlines to support your players, you can take on the job of a coach or analyst. But beware, it’s a tedious job. You’re not only responsible for the players performances but their overall well-being including their physical and mental health. Just like in any sport, coaches should match their way of imparting knowledge based on their players’ personality. They should trust their players for the players to trust them. More than a job, you have to become a second parent to them. For esports, we’ve seen gamers stay in training camps where they’ll be staying for many months. Personally, coaching isn’t your basic day job. So only real and dedicated ones out there can survive this profession.
#4 Shoutcaster, commentator
Every time we go and see matches of any sports event, we always hear those hyped up announcers who are always talking really fast. If you’re into that, then you could be a shoutcaster or commentator. You better have a watchful eye because your duty is to tell the audience every bit of information during the game that they can’t see. In here, it requires you to be engaging to your viewers and at the same time, give them the right knowledge, there’s no in-between. It’s your job to simplify their understanding of the game.
You may have heard of famous Filipino shoutcasters like Marlon “Lon” Marcelo and Aldrin “Dunoo” Pangan making a name for themselves for their iconic commentating during The Internationals.
#5 Corporate jobs
When it comes to corporate jobs in esports, there’s just too many to mention but here’s a gift. As the esports industry is slowly expanding, we have seen many companies dedicated to esports. You may have heard of Tier One Entertainment headed by Alodia Gosiengfiao and Tryke Gutierrez. It’s basically a talent agency wherein they recruit players, shoutcasters, coaches, and many more. And of course, if you’re planning to make a company like this to work, you need the expertise of many professions like Human Resources, Accounting, Information Technology. So do you understand where we’re getting at?
If you’re ready to take on reality and turn your dreams into working progress, you’ve got everything you need to know right here. What are you waiting for?
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