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30th May 2019

The Astonishing Growth of Esports is Shown by its Job Market

As the leading jobs website in esports, we have lots of data at our fingertips on the state of esports careers, and it paints quite an exciting picture...

It’s no secret that esports is growing. Whether it’s another million dollar tournament taking place, the latest exciting investment news or the next non-endemic company to enter the industry, each week holds another sign of its progress.

And as the largest jobs website in esports, we have a pretty unique viewpoint as all of this unfolds. As more external companies enter the space and more internal companies take investment, further opportunities are opened up to work in this exciting industry.

That’s why we wanted to depict the massive growth of esports through the lens of its job market.

Jobs Posted:

Currently, we’re posting between 150 and 250 jobs a week in esports on our site. We cover jobs in the more general gaming industry, too, but those are numbers solely from our esports side. From tech giants like Twitch to five-person startups, there are plenty of companies looking for talent in esports.

To understand how much esports has grown, we compared the number of jobs we posted in November 2018 to the number we posted in November 2019. Let’s just say, there was quite the difference.

That’s a 62.1% increase in a year. Granted, we’ve become much better at finding careers for our users to apply to, but there’s no denying that there are far more opportunities now than there were back then.

This crazy growth is visible also when looking at 2018 and 2019 as a whole.

That’s a 87.03% increase over a massive sample size, so we’d say that’s some pretty outstanding growth!

With such a surge of hiring in esports and gaming, the question of where are these jobs coming from has to be asked.

Due to esports still being in its early stages, funded startups make up a large amount of the jobs found on our platform. GGRecon, G2 Esports and ReKTGlobal are just a few of the many companies in esports that have raised significant funding, and have all posted jobs on our platform.

As well as these, you also have the giants of the space like Blizzard, Razer and Twitch hiring relentlessly around the world to help contribute to the massive number of jobs becoming available.

So what is it these companies are looking for?

Esports has grown to the stage where almost all of the sectors that exist in more traditional industries are now present in esports as well. To give a clear illustration of what we mean, the most populated sectors on our website at the current time are Software Engineering, Marketing, Design, Operations and Sales.

Another amazing thing to see when examining our data was how much the percentage of volunteer roles has reduced over time. As a young industry, there are lots of volunteer opportunities that exist to give entry-level candidates their first experience of esports.

In 2018, 18.18% of our postings were volunteer. In 2019, however, this fell to 9.88%, which is a really positive trend to see! There are a similar level of volunteer roles available now as there was then, but paid roles are growing at a rate to eclipse them.

As a jobs website, we couldn’t ask for a better trend than the number of volunteer listings falling while the number of paid jobs rises!

Hopefully, this trend isn’t over yet either. We’re excited to see if the number of opportunities continues to grow at the same rate, and will continue doing all that we can to make it as easy and accessible as possible to work in esports.

Image credit: DreamHack // Jussi Jaaskelainen