How to Make Money in Esports Without Being a Gamer

Learn how you can enter the esports market without playing video games. New professions are rising and they are in big demand.

Oct 10, 2018
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With the video games' industry earning $137 billion a year, one has to wonder if skipping classes to play video games would have been a smarter choice than going to college. The good news is you don't need to have supernatural gaming talent to work in the esports industry. In fact, you don't even need to play video games. You also don't need to be a millionaire to own an esports team. Although if we're being honest, that would probably be the easiest and fastest way to get you in the eSports market.

Though games have long beend derided as the antithesis of studying, universities are nowoffering scholarships for gamers with values between $2,000 and $20,000. While esports competitions hosts prize pools of millions of dollars.

Robert Morris University in Chicago was the first university to give scholarships for gamers in 2014, aiming to build a competitive esports team. Since then, many universities worldwide have invested in esports, opening Masters and professional courses. Over 50 universities are offering esports academic courses in management, communication, marketing, and commentary, amongst other disciplines. 

Staffordshire University in the United Kingdom offers a three-year course focused on the business and culture of esports and teaches students how to develop teams, create fan bases, organize and promote events. In Singapore, Informatics launched the first esports diploma in video games' design, focusing on development, programming, and live streaming. 

In Spain, the ISDE Barcelona offers an esports business Masters with Dreamhack for 13,500€. Other renowned Spanish universities such as Rey Juan Carlos, Carlos III, and UCAM Murcia, also provide esports courses with more economical tuition fees.

In the USA there is an even bigger panoply of Universities offering esports degrees and both bachelor's and Master's: Columbia College (Columbia Missouri), University of Pikeville (Pikeville, Kentucky), Maryville University (St. Louis, Missouri), University of California (Irvine, California), Tiffin University (Tiffin, Ohio), Midland University (Fremont, Nebraska) and University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah) are just a few examples. 

In the online academic universe, esports hasn't gone unnoticed either, and platforms like Udemy have also opened online courses for those who do not have easy access to university esports academics. Specialized esports positions are in high demand, while the supply of professionals is still low,  Which is a big opportunity in the current employment market where most sectors are saturated, and unemployment has become a social problem. According to the Spanish newspaper AS, over 1,000 people in Spain will have a job in eSports by 2020. 

As Rachel Gowers, Academic Dean for Recruitment at Staffordshire University, explained to, "Over 73 percent of those employed within eSports are under the age of 35, and their skills are in demand. Companies are looking for people who are entrepreneurial and, and the industry is driving the creation of new jobs."