Professional Gaming: Player/Competitor
Professional esports players are similar to professional physical sports players. However, instead of a field, court, or stadium, professional esports athletes play within a digital video game platform.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Develop an expert understanding of the game you’re playing
- Play, practice, and perfect competitive video games full-time
- Compete in tournaments, including those with cash rewards for winners
- Sponsorship Management
- Social Media Management
Steps to Become a Professional:
- Determine which games you’re best at.
- Choose one game.
- Practice as if the game is your full-time job.
- Network with other players.
- Join an amateur esports team and participate in increasingly more challenging competitions.
- Search for and acquire sponsorships.
Median Annual Income in U.S.: $44,000-$55,000
Projected Job Growth: Jobs in the esports industry grew 87.03% in 2019
Despite still being in its early phase, the esports industry has seen major growth in revenue, viewership and sponsorships.