It’s no secret that in recent years the job market for recent high school, and even college graduates has been lackluster. According to a study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the unemployment rate for recent college graduates has increased nearly fifty percent since 1990, and for recent high school graduates, the rates are nearly doubled. However, maybe basement-dwelling, jobless millennials are closer to a career than one might think.
The eSports community has seen their industry rise to real prominence in the last decade. (Like, the League of Legends World Finals receiving higher television ratings than that of both the NBA Finals and World Series type of prominence, per ESPN). This begs the question, who makes this all happen? Between the programmers that keep the game balanced and maintain competitive integrity, event planners organizing tournaments, shoutcasters offering a live experience to those not able to attend the events in person, and an audio and visual staff creating a legitimate production, there is a small village of workers coming together to make it all happen. And that’s not to mention the growing staffs that team organizations are putting together to further their brand.
If a career in gaming still seems like a long shot, Chris “PapaSmithy” Smith, a play-by-play analyst, or shoutcaster, for the elite LCK League of Legends League out of Korea is here to offer a call to action for gaming enthusiasts looking to break into the industry. According to Smith, as the eSports community expands, so does it’s necessary workforce. Many teams are in the process of looking for qualified coaches and support staff who are trained in the craft, to supplement the many former players that now work in the front office for eSports organizations. While these players certainly know the game and lifestyle inside and out, most were never afforded the kind of education and experience necessary to guide a team on his or her own. For example, CLG’s now former head coach Chris Ehrenreich was a member of the Clemson football coaching staff before joining CLG. Smith says, “Especially in the west you can count the eSports industry as it stands today in months not years…there could always be more back end help and content providers”.
As for actually contacting these organizations and making dreams reality, a quick google search of “eSports Careers” leads to the esportscareer.com virtual job board, where up and coming and established eSports organizations alike post job openings for support staff, content creators, analysts, coaching positions, and in one instance even that of a barmaid at a Paris eSports themed bar. While the millennial job market is still going to be a tough nut to crack (but its looking up!), Looking at the rising industry of eSports should instill some well-needed optimism among job-seekers.
Written by 2Piece
Edited by Williaf