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Career Pathways

When the topic of scholastic esports arises, some mistakenly focus solely on “esports.” 

The young women and men who comprise the esports world are more than the gamers. There are a number of different pathways and roles that must be filled for esports to continue to thrive! 

The esports ecosystem diagram below is a visual representation of the opportunities available to students within scholastic esports. Each domain on this graphic has a corresponding curricular pathway, including which classes to take alongside career options that currently exist for each area. 

After examining the ecosystem diagram, see the range of longer-term possibilities by diving into the career section.  

NASEF has created a collection of descriptions for the jobs listed in the ecosystem diagram. Read through these to explore the possibilities and plan for a future in esports!

The Esports Ecosystem

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License attributed to the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF)

Finding Your Career | Hillary Phan

Careers in Esports | Landon Gorbenko

Strategists

In esports, teams use strategists to compile data to improve in-game performance. Career pathways include: Performance Coaches, Data Scientists, Mathematicians, Theory Crafters, Financial Advisors and Analysts.

CURRICULUM - STRATEGISTS

Content Creators

Content creators help tell the story of each team, streamer, company, or organization they represent. These careers include: Journalists, Shoutcasters, Streamers, Software Developers, and Fandom Art & Media.

CURRICULUM - CONTENT CREATORS

Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial activities in esports can be anything from creating a website, sponsor deck, graphics, to creating marketing plans. Careers may include: Marketing, Business Developers, Corporate Sponsorship, and Web Developers

CURRICULUM - ENTREPRENEURS

Organizers

Big events like DreamHack, leagues like LCS and OWL, and other major esports programs are only possible because of the stellar coordinators working behind-the-scenes. Careers may include: Event Planner, Team General Manager, Venue Coordinator, Project Manager, Cybersecurity Specialist, or Community Organizer.

CURRICULUM - ORGANIZERS

Careers: Job Descriptions & Skills

 

Strategists

QA TESTER

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COACH

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ANALYST

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Content Creators

SHOUTCASTER

 
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

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VIDEOGRAPHER

 
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JOURNALIST

 
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STREAMER

 
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CHARACTER CONCEPT ARTIST

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER

 

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Entrepreneurs

MARKETING MANAGER

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

 

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WEB DEVELOPER

 
 
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DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS

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Organizers

TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATOR

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IT SUPPORT

 
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EVENT ORGANIZER

 
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MANAGER

 
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