Pursuing a career in esports – Who says you can’t play for a living?

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You don’t have to be in the top percentage of skilled players in the world to make a living in professional esports. Photo: Sourced
You don’t have to be in the top percentage of skilled players in the world to make a living in professional esports. Photo: Sourced


You’d be mistaken for thinking the only career path in esports is as a player and that it requires an unrivalled level of skill. Becoming a player is just one career path in this vast field. There are tons of other ways to earn a salary, and bragging rights, as a professional in this thriving industry.

Esports has experienced an explosion in popularity in South Africa over recent months, with big brands, individuals and even the Gauteng government supporting the industry. With government wanting to create opportunities that expose South African youth to esports, there’s no better time than the present to explore a career in this field.

Coach your dream team to glory

As the (modern) saying goes, “behind every great esports team is a great coach who can push it to become the best”.

Much like real-world sports, becoming an esports coach requires you to help the team train against other teams to improve players’ skills, strategy and overall gameplay. You’d work closely with players to motivate them and help them identify any potential weaknesses and capitalise on their strengths. It’s a great profession if you’re a strategic thinker and are great at inspiring others.

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Become the voice of esports as a shoutcaster

If your idea of a great time involves giving spectators a blow-by-blow account of everything happening in life and on-screen then a career in esports shoutcasting might be for you.

Shoutcasters provide running commentary that informs and entertains spectators without getting in the way of the action. The key to success in this profession is exceptional game knowledge and charisma to help build a good reputation. Of course, a loyal following on platforms such as YouTube or Twitch won’t hurt either.

Become an esports photographer

This career will probably sound like a dream come true for any esports enthusiast who appreciates a captivating in-game photo of an F1 racecar taking a corner or a game-winning goal.

As an esports photographer, you’re responsible for snapping award-worthy shots of the action as it unfolds on-screen.

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You also get the opportunity to capture the electrifying buzz of an esports tournament, including trophy lifts and the sheer determination on players’ faces as they go for the win.

Grow team awareness as a marketing manager

If your dream is to one day own and manage an esports team brand then becoming a marketing manager in the field might be for you.

As an esports marketing manager, you’re responsible for growing the team’s brand through exceptional marketing strategies to get as many people as possible engaged with the players, events and the sport. That means working closely with content creators and social media teams to reach your target audience.

Connect to esports communities through content creation

The beauty of a career in esports is that you don’t always have to be a skilled athlete to make it. For instance, if your passion lies in graphic design, you could express your creativity through branding design for your team’s events material, designing online collateral such as the team’s landing page or even the user interface of the team’s website. You could also become a video editor and edit content for online stream channels, or even put together blow-by-blow replays of teams in action.

Esports content creation will require you to stay on top of esports trends as well as constantly developing and exciting content for a variety of platforms.

“There are so many career opportunities for members of our esports community and platforms to help them develop their skills, such as Logitech G’s Content Creator Academy,” says Alexander Olls, Logitech G SA marketing manager.

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“The industry has evolved and is giving passionate individuals the opportunity to hone their abilities and pursue their love for all things gaming.”

You don’t have to be in the top percentage of skilled players in the world to make a living in professional esports. There’s now a choice of conventional and unconventional job titles for anyone passionate about the field.

Who says you can’t play for a living?

Compiled by Logitech G South Africa.

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