If you think that eSports is all about video games and gamers then think again. Be prepared: you are about to get a proper introduction to one of the world’s hottest job markets.
First up, what exactly is eSports? In simple terms, it is professional gaming. Yes, becoming a professional gamer is a thing. Working in Electronic Sports (eSports) is just like any other sporting career – you play in tournaments and earn a salary. This might sound strange or insanely cool to you – either way, there has been a steady growth in the eSports industry, both internationally and locally.
Why Choose eSports?
eSports has attracted a lot of investment since both brands and audiences are becoming aware of the tournaments. This is great news for the industry! The tournaments are organised by fully registered and high-paying companies. These companies are on the lookout for the best talent across the world.
If you are a recent graduate or want to move to an industry where there is loads of work, excellent compensation and a lot of excitement, we recommend you opt for eSports as a career choice.
Interested in learning more? Go through the infographic by Computer Planet that lists some of the best jobs you can apply for!
Go Pro in SA
So, what does this mean for South African pro-gamer wannabes? Well, if you have an interest in gaming, this could be the career path for you. What are the actual chances of a pro-gamer making a decent living in South Africa? Well, they are higher than you might think. You can find some tips on how to go pro in SA here.
The eSports industry was established abroad so if you have a vision to work abroad for a bit, this could be a good field to get into.
eSports has slowly, but surely, become one of the biggest industries with a year on year growth of around 45%. In case you are not sure, that is pretty epic. eSports will also be valued at around $700 million with an overwhelming audience of 390 million people.
South Africa has seen a rise in support for the eSports industry. Recently, Ginx TV, one of the most popular gaming channels in the UK signed a partnership with SuperSport. They will be offering DStv Now customers a 24-hour channel. Epic! In other awesome news: Megal8 eSport, which is one of the foremost game content producers from South Africa, will now have its own show on Ginx. The content from these producers will be shared with both local and international audiences. Yes, now is the time to say: “go, SA!”
EduConnect 2 Cents
South Africa is definitely upping its game when it comes to providing opportunities in the eSports industry. This is a growing industry that offers job opportunities almost anywhere in the world. Also, who doesn’t want to game for a living? It is pretty much living the dream. Game on!