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
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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 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
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 DevelopersCURRICULUM - ENTREPRENEURS
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