23 Esports Career Paths Beyond Pro Gaming

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If you know anything about the esports industry, you know that it’s growing — as is the prize money. Million-dollar pro player earnings grip headlines, but it doesn’t take a lot of digging to find that the numbers are largely skewed by outliers like Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf (who won $3 million in the Fortnite World Cup at age 16).

Neil Hamma, pro esports player turned coach.
Neil "PR0LLY" Hamma, Coach

Ten years ago, professional esports was generally unheard of. Passionate gamers fought for coveted roles as game developers and publishers of games largely played at home. Now, being a pro player is a tangible career for top players. But even if playing professionally isn’t in your future, there’s a litany of other jobs and career paths to support that marketable entertainment enterprise—much like the managers, coaches, and media personnel of pro sports teams the world over.

If you think about a pro football franchise—or even a Division III college team—there are countless passionate experts behind the scenes responsible for making sure the team has everything they need to play their best and to run the show. For esports, it’s no different. Whether it’s a high school Apex Legends team or a venture-backed outfit like FaZe Clan, there’s always more to the game than just the playing field (so to speak).

Here's a partial list of careers in esports:

A partial list of careers in esports with salary estimations and education requirements.

As popular as esports is, it’s still an emerging industry. If these twenty-plus jobs are being sought after now (not to mention receptionists, accountants, and other positions required to run a business), imagine where the esports industry will be in ten or twenty years. With famous investors like Mark Cuban, Shaquille O’Neal, J-Lo, and Jerry Jones, there’s big bucks behind the idea that esports has a bright future.

Naomi Kyle, respected esports journalist.
Naomi Kyle, Journalist

Esports Franchise Ownership

There’s one career path listed above that’s gaining plenty of attention from entrepreneurs of all stripes — becoming a Valhallan franchisee. With our exclusive recurring revenue model, owning and operating your very own arena and enriching kids’ lives through esports might be your dream come true. And it’s more affordable than you think. Initial investments start at around $53,000. If you think opening a Valhallan in your area could be a boon for your community and your career, reach out to us. We might even be able to help you secure financing.

Not only are we looking for Valhallan franchisees, but we’re also hiring an Esports Curriculum Specialist and an Esports Social Media and Content Marketing Associate. Think you have what it takes? Follow the link to learn more

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