Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.
I love games, so that will work, right? Well… maybe. I compiled a few facts to shed some light in one of the fastest growing industries of today.
1 – There are more paths other than becoming a pro-player
Well, in fact, there are way more opportunities doing anything else besides being a pro player. Every new organization is looking for people to work.
As any other company, eSports organizations need people to manage all the areas related to the business. IT, Marketing, Finances… Well, basically, they need everything.
2 – It is a real job
There are a lot of positions open right now, full-time paid jobs, part-time, volunteer, freelance gigs and more.
The thing is, even if you are working as a volunteer, this is serious business. People will expect something from you and you should be able to achieve these expectations.
3 – It’s stressful
eSports it’s a fun environment to be in. On the other hand, a great deal of the organizations, websites, blogs have a shot at growing quickly.
This is a good thing, but it also means that the people who are involved will have to grow just as quickly. As a company grows, you have more work to do, you have more responsibilities and there will be more people expecting more of you.
Like any other area, you will have to work a lot. This is stressful, but this happens in any other job you might have. Which leads me to my next point.
4 – Do it because you love it
The industry is still young, and the organizations on it are also young.
Excluding already established organizations (like Fnatic, SKT and the likes), companies in this area are quite small.
This means that is hard to maintain a competitive salary, competitive benefits and this sort of thing.
You will be getting paid less (or nothing at all) to do something that in the general job market would pay you more.
5 – It is likely to keep growing for a while
Jobs on eSports market are not as competitive when you talk about money. At least for now. There is something you always see when you work for a big company: The guy that was there when it all began.
Well, generally people who have been around since a company started know a lot about the business, have grown a lot within the company and usually make a decent (-ly huge) amount of money.
That happens because people trust this guy. He’s been at it for so long, whichever area that may be, that he’s just part of the company now.
This means, if you are not going to starve by working on the eSports industry, it may be a nice investment for your career.
Now, do fear:
6 – Don’t put all the eggs in the same basket
Maybe you got the job you always wanted. You are streaming League games all day and you are happy.
But since this is a young industry, it is easy for companies and organizations to simply disappear.
So, if you are not in one of the big, already established companies, have a backup plan.
Keep studying, keep qualifying yourself. If you do that, if the organizations fails, or the industry fails as whole, you will still be valuable for knowing how to do something.
Never put all of your eggs in the same basket.
7 – Make contacts, keep in touch. (Networking, baby)
If you do manage to get inside eSports, you will be exposed to a lot of people. Some famous, most of them, not.
But you will be able to meet a whole deal of new people.
Make sure you talk to them, know what they do, tell them what YOU do, and keep in touch with the ones you think that are the most valuable.
Knowing people is sometimes the difference between being alive in the market or fading away in history.
Need to hire someone new? Ask your contacts, they might know someone, or even be interested on what you are offering.
Want to leave your job? Ask your contacts, they might know someone, or even be interested on hiring you.
A good contact list could do a lot more for you, but for now, this is what really matters.
Well, when you talk about a career, you need to think about what you are getting yourself into, because you will invest a lot of time on it. Time is your most valuable resource, and sadly, it is finite, so don’t waste too much time at something that is not working, or that doesn’t make you happy.
I hope these 7 tips helped you understand a bit more of what you are getting into, by jumping on the train of eSports.