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Esports, the booming digital industry you need to know about - Careers

What is Esports?

Esports is the huge, growing and very competitive world of organised video gaming. Competing teams virtually line up to challenge each other in leagues in some well-known games such as Fortnite and Overwatch. These competitions are streamed to millions across the world, with a huge social media following.

How many people follow Esports?

474 million people follow Esports globally, and that is growing massively every year.*

Why do the players compete?

For many it’s the love of the game, or the sharing of their knowledge with followers on streaming platforms such as Twitch. However, you can’t ignore that it’s a very lucrative market for the pro-gamers, brands, video games producers, event organisers, merchandisers and ticket sellers. The very top players can win millions in a single tournament. They can also make a lot of money from endorsements and sponsorships.

The estimated market revenue worldwide this year is $1.08 billion.*

OK…but why is this important to me?

The careers connected to this exploding industry are not just limited to the elite gamers. There is a HUGE range of associated careers that support this industry including journalists and analysts through to merchandisers, social media managers and video editors.

And to help you crack into this industry, we’re offering the new Level 3 in Esports at our Medway Campus this September.

You’ll learn a range of transferable skills from teamwork and leadership to strategic thinking and decision making – it’s not just about playing video games! It’ll give you a good grounding to enter other industries too such as cyber security, software development, digital engineering and virtual reality.

Find out about our Esports course here.


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