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  • Writer's pictureShivani Deshmukh

8 Job Roles and Employment in the Esports Gaming Industry

The growth of the esports gaming industry is an interesting phenomenon, as the number of viewers has steadily increased. This growth is due to the increasing number of competitions and online broadcasting. The growth has also been boosted by the strong popularity of video games and more importantly, their leagues. The industry is determined to continue its path to more growth. Today many professional gamers are earning a living playing esports games. There is also an increasing number of investments in the industry such as acquiring teams and nascent leagues, building stadiums and arenas, and sponsoring tournaments. Let’s dive deeper into the employment and career aspects of this industry.

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Employment in the Esports Gaming Industry

Employment in the esports gaming industry is a growing trend as more people become interested in competitive video gaming. The industry has grown from just a niche market to one that is now estimated to be worth over $196.8 billion globally according to a report from Newzoo.

The esports industry employs many people who play video games for a living. These people are known as professional gamers or e-sports players and are paid to compete against other players online or at live events around the world.

The esports industry offers an opportunity for both experienced and inexperienced workers. New employees can learn about the gaming industry, develop skills, and gain experience while working with some of the most talented professionals in the business. As an employed esports professional, you may also be able to advance your career by taking classes or obtaining certifications required for certain positions within the industry.

To compete, companies need to be able to hire employees that can create content, manage their social media presence, and market the company effectively. While there are many jobs available in the esports industry, many of them require a gaming background or previous experience working in a related field such as technology or media. The following are some of the most common roles available to those who want to join this growing industry:

  • Video game designers:

These are the people who create the actual games and make sure they run properly. They create the overall structure of a video game and the rules that determine how it plays out. They are responsible for ensuring that games maintain a balance between fun and challenge, and they must also be able to create a compelling narrative within their games.

They are responsible for the work on the overall concept of games, including their graphics, gameplay mechanics, storyline, characters, setting for each game, and much more. They also make sure that the quality of each aspect of the game meets certain standards before it goes into production. They also ensure that all aspects of the game are consistent with its original concept. Video game designers may also create new genres of games or promote changes to existing games based on player feedback.

  • Game developers or software developers: Game developers create computer software applications for a variety of platforms and devices, including PC operating systems, mobile phones, tablets, and video game consoles. They may work independently or in teams to create such applications.

Game developers are responsible for creating a game's visual or audio appearance and writing or editing its code. They also ensure that all parts of the game are working together properly, and they may be responsible for updating graphics and sound effects throughout development. Software engineers are also responsible for creating new programs that run games as well as fixing existing ones when necessary.

  • Esports athletes: Esports athletes compete against each other for prize money; many play multiple games simultaneously and travel around the world performing at live events.

  • Esports broadcasters: Esports broadcasters are responsible for creating video content that allows viewers to watch high-quality broadcasts of matches between teams of professional gamers; these broadcasts also include interviews with players and interview audience members who may have questions about certain aspects of the gaming industry.

  • Event coordinators: Event coordinators organize events, such as tournaments or live broadcasts, and make sure that everything runs smoothly without any disruptions for players or spectators alike. They also coordinate logistics for the tournament, including staffing, marketing, and promotion.

  • Streamers: Streamers record themselves playing games on Twitch (a popular streaming platform), which can earn them money from viewers who enjoy watching them while playing games online.

  • Content creator (commentator, editor): Content creators provide entertainment through their commentary or editing of events such as tournaments or league play in esports competitions. They are often involved in live broadcasts at major events such as The International 5 (TI5), The International 6 (TI6), and Dota 2's annual pro circuit tournaments—the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC).

Content creators are responsible for creating the content featured on online sites, including videos and articles. Content creators may work alone or with other creators to produce content that is appealing to viewers or readers alike. In addition to writing articles and editing videos, content creators may also work as voice actors on audiobooks and podcasts.

  • Audio engineers: Many players are also employed by professional audio companies. They are responsible for creating sound effects for games, as well as for creating music and voiceovers. This includes dialogue, environmental sounds, and music. The audio engineers work on their own at home, or with others in a studio. They use software to create their sounds, and some also record their voices. Some of these professionals have developed their equipment, such as microphones and preamps, which they use to get the best sound possible from their equipment.

Audio engineers can work for companies that are involved in the production of live events or they can be hired by teams themselves to help them with the production process.

Here is a graph showing top companies hiring gaming professionals. It has grown so much that it’s now attracting investment from major companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.


All in all, the Esports Gaming industry has great potential for growth if companies can further develop their games and gain a hold on their marketing. With more mainstream attention gaming is showing to be an ever-growing industry. The employment and economic forecasts for the industry are robust, with a need for skilled workers in a variety of occupations. So, it's safe to expect that there will be more job opportunities coming.

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