21st Oct 2018
Locations of jobs in esports
What parts of the world get the most esports jobs and which companies frequently hire in those locations? These questions and more are answered in this article! It's a vital read to understand what esports career opportunities exist in your part of the world.
If you’re just starting looking for a career in esports, it can be challenging with all of the jobs across the world to know what will be available and where.
The COVID situation has, of course, put a spanner in the works of much around the world. This includes jobs. Many careers are currently work from home, but will require relocation to an office when the crisis is over. That means we've continued listing the most popular locations in this article based on where the candidate will need to be long-term. We just wanted to clear that up quickly!
That way, you can find your area of living and see what kind of jobs are typically found there, allowing you to familiarise with the companies active in that space. Handy, huh?
Let’s start off with the main hub of activity in the world of esports jobs: the good old US of A.
1. Companies in the United States
Esports jobs are by far most commonly found in the US. In fact, at Hitmarker more than half of the esports career opportunities we post are situated in the US. That’s a lot of jobs for one country!
But where are the majority of careers in esports and competitive gaming located in the US?
The West Coast, that’s where. California, and also Washington to a lesser extent, hold something of a monopoly on the esports jobs in the US.
We’ll get into what to expect from the west coast in just a second, but we just want to make sure the rest of the Americans aren’t fretting. Texas is becoming a hotspot for esports careers, thanks to several major companies being stationed there. The east coast is active too, with a solid number of roles popping up in New York and its surrounding area.
So while the jobs do center around the West Coast, there is certainly something for everyone in the US!
1a. United States - West Coast
If you’re an esports fan living on the West Coast, count yourself lucky; the roles that you’re exposed to much outweigh anywhere else in the world. As you might expect, the hub of the West Coast for esports professions is California. With esports being a young, digital industry, Californians benefit from jobs coming in from Silicon Valley where you’ll find lots of start up companies offering exciting job opportunities in the scene. There's also lots of esports companies in Los Angeles, meaning you'll be well-suited to find a job if you're located there. We usually see job postings here looking for people on the more technical side of esports, such as Software Engineers.
Here are some of the esports companies you can expect to see hiring for talent on the west coast:
- Blizzard - Having an office in Irvine as well as the Blizzard arena in Burbank means you’ll often see this enormous esports organization recruiting in California.
- Activision - Activision are present in many areas of the world when it comes to their hiring, but it's their Santa Monica office where you’ll find most of their vacancies.
- Riot Games - One of the most global companies in esports, Riot has two offices on the West Coast - in San Francisco and Los Angeles - so are certainly a good source of esports jobs in that area of the world.
- Twitch - The home of esports streaming, Twitch is one of the largest companies in the scene and its offices in San Francisco and Seattle are a great vein to extract esports careers from.
- Various esports teams - We understand this is vague, but there are a bunch of high-level esports teams based in California including Cloud9, Immortals Gaming Club, 100 Thieves, Counter Logic Gaming and more. The sorts of jobs they’ll be recruiting for can vary massively, accommodating the newer blood in the scene as well as the experienced professionals.
- Amazon / Amazon Game Studios - A major force in Seattle, Washington, Amazon will put out a fair few careers in esports due to their game studio (and their ownership of Twitch).
- Razer - Though the majority of their recruiting takes place in Singapore, Razer are still prone to post jobs on the West Coast. Surprise, surprise - they’re in California in either Irvine or San Francisco.
- Skillz - Mobile heavyweights of esports and, happily for us, always hiring! Skillz post lots of jobs in San Francisco in all areas of esports and will usually need a few years of experience.
1b. United States - Central
Excuse our inaccurate terminology; central USA works for the locations you’ll find esports careers in. This very-general grouping basically refers to anywhere that isn’t on or around the West or East coast. It is, unfortunately, nowhere near as abundant for esports jobs as the West Coast, but there are still careers to be forged in this area.
Wisconsin and Illinois produce a handful of relevant jobs each, but the esports hub of the central area of the US is, without a doubt, Texas.
This is down to a lot of companies that do a fair amount of recruiting being situated here. Multiple top-tier teams are located in Texas, as well as other brands in esports. Here are some of the companies you can expect to find hiring for esports personnel in the central section of the US:
- Team Envy - The Dallas office of Team Envy serves as their headquarters, and as a result is where many jobs of theirs are located.
- Complexity Gaming - The Dallas Cowboys' acquisition Complexity prompted their entire organization to relocate to Frisco, and has given them the money to hire more staff, so this org is responsible for much of the hiring in Texas.
- Clutch Gaming - If the name of the org sounds unfamiliar, their owners won’t - NBA team The Houston Rockets. And, as their parent company’s name would suggest, they’re located in Houston.
- BenQ - Peripheral giants of esports is the best way to describe BenQ. Through their monitors or their gaming brand, ZOWIE by BenQ, you’ll have heard of this company, and they have an office in Plano, Texas that you'll sometimes see hiring in esports.
1c. United States - East Coast
The East Coast is a booming market in other industries due to its hotspots of New York and Boston. Esports, however, doesn’t benefit in the same way from these cities (yet), with careers in these areas more limited than you’d expect.
Boston very rarely produces jobs in esports, leaving New York to carry the brunt of the responsibility - something it's been doing increasingly well in. There are certainly a good few esports companies in NYC and its surrounding area, while Georgia is surprisingly active in the scene as well.
If you are on the East Coast and looking to get work in esports, here are the companies most likely to post jobs in the scene:
- NBA 2K League - Thank the stars for the NBA 2K League for offering more jobs to New York! Launched in May 2018, the League is another interesting step for esports to follow as it brings a game which has a traditional sport alternative to the masses. You can expect them to recruit people to help in the running of the league in New York.
- Andbox - Owners of the NYXL and NYSL, Anbox is New York based and proud ofit. Whilst not hiring too often, New York esports fans should keep their eyes peeled for chances to work with this company.
- DBLTAP - A content company in esports who create brilliantly-made interviews and other video content, DBLTAP have an office in New York City through their parent company Minute Media. As such, journalists, editors and others interested in the flow of content should keep their eyes on this company who advertise for employees and interns at a decent rate.
- Scuf Gaming - Now to tell you about jobs at a company that’s not based in New York! Scuf Gaming, manufacturers of custom gaming controllers, typically post jobs in Suwanee, Georgia.
- Turner/ELEAGUE - Turner’s esports initiative, ELEAGUE, is based in Atlanta and while not being as bountiful for jobs as some companies, these careers will be esports to their core.
Canada has yet to catch up with the US in the number of careers in esports it pumps out.
Nevertheless, the country does offer some breaks into esports, particularly in Toronto, though careers can also be found in areas like British Columbia too.
Here are the companies we see regularly posting esports professions in Canada:
- theScore Esports - The news and media outlet theScore Esports has an office in Toronto and as a result looks for its full-time staff to be based out of there.
- EA - The gargantuan games publisher EA have been known to post jobs pertaining to esports in Canada, to work from their office in Burnaby, British Columbia.
- Battlefy - Battlefy is a host of online esports tournaments that allows tournament organizers to easily schedule and post events, and provides players a platform to compete on. Their office in Vancouver is one of the primary flows of jobs in esports for Canada.
- Epic Games - The developers behind Fortnite have an office in Montreal that we regularly post jobs from, particularly in the area of programming and designing games.
- Google - Google's Stadia is their vision for the future of gaming, and the tech giant is often hiring in Montreal for programming and design roles for Stadia's first-party games.
We know this isn’t strictly a location of jobs, but we had to add it because it’s a hugely popular “location” of careers on Hitmarker!
Remote jobs allow you to work from home, usually from anywhere in the world but will sometimes specify that you need to be in a certain country to perform your duties.
Roles that don’t require you to be in an office will often be volunteer roles from esports organizations trying to establish themselves, but we do also see a strong (and growing) number of paid remote esports jobs, either as full-time employees, part-time employees or freelance contractors. These can be great if you’re juggling other responsibilities, such as another job, an education or are unable to relocate.
Let’s take a look at some of the types of companies you’ll find hiring for people to fill remote jobs for them, as there are too many different companies to list individually here:
- Esports news/content publications - Websites that post news and content pertaining to esports frequently look for people to work remotely for them on a freelance basis. What’s more, these are usually paid, at least among the companies with some standing.
- Teams and organizations - Making graphics, writing articles, translating between languages and more - all of these duties can be done without needing to be in an office. That means there are plenty of opportunities we see at teams that allow you to work remotely!
- Leagues - Leagues hire people remotely to fill roles in areas such as commentary/analysis and observing of games, to name a few, and can be a great way to get started in esports.
4. United Kingdom
If you follow a few of our posts you’ll probably know that Hitmarker is from the UK, and our office is based in Newcastle. We’re somewhat of an exception as esports companies in the UK go, as the majority of jobs in the scene are in London.
Here are some of the companies that recruit for esports talent in the United Kingdom:
- Hitmarker - Are we allowed to include ourselves on this list? Ah, screw it, our list our rules! Hitmarker is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and trying to break the London-centric nature of esports jobs in the UK. If you’re in the North of England and looking to work in esports, the best news is you’ll never miss a job post from us if you follow Hitmarker closely; they'll always be pinned at the top of the homepage when we're hiring.
- FACEIT - FACEIT is probably the company we see the most hiring in the UK. This is more of a company for CS:GO fans, but they do operate in other games too. London is where they're based and where you'll see them hiring.
- Fnatic - One of the global leaders in competitive esports, London-based Fnatic produces a host of top esports jobs in the capital.
- Gfinity - Gfinity are another UK esports giant operating out of London. Running Leagues is their primary function, so expect to see jobs from them in that sector.
- Activision - Activision has an awesome campus in Datchet, just outside of London, that they are frequently recruiting people for, and they also hold offices in Central London as well.
- EXCEL - With a HQ in Twickenham Stadium and a professional League Of Legends team in the, EXCEL is another of the premium esports teams in the UK.
- Ubisoft - Not as esports-centric as the above companies, but Ubisoft join us in representing Newcastle in the gaming world!
- GGRecon - A news and media publication in Manchester, England, GGRecon is a great place for passionate esports writers and creators to look for work.
There tends to be a similar number of jobs posted by us each week from Germany and the UK, with the UK generally leading the charge by a slight margin.
Other than ESL and the jobs they bring to that particular city, esports fans can also find a fair amount of roles in Berlin - a city that is building a bit of a reputation as a hub for esports - as well as the odd roles being posted in Hamburg.
Here are the companies you’ll find posting esports jobs in Germany and where in the country they’re likely to be:
- ESL - The world’s largest esports company is how ESL sometimes refer to themselves, and their job posts match this. They frequently hire for roles in Cologne across all areas of the industry and at all levels.
- Riot Games - The publisher of the world’s most popular video game, League of Legends, has one of their many offices in Berlin and we see a fair few roles being posted in this location.
- G2 Esports - This esports powerhouse has their office HQ in Berlin, so expect to see jobs operating in an esports team coming from these guys in the country’s capital.
- Razer - Razer has their European office in Hamburg, so for those of you far from Berlin or Cologne maybe you can find a career in one of the biggest peripheral companies in esports here.
- Freaks 4U Gaming - Freaks 4U Gaming is a marketing agency with roots in Germany. For marketers looking for a break in esports that are in Germany, this company is definitely one to keep an eye on.
- Veritas Entertainment - Another esports company located in Berlin, Veritas Entertainment is an events and production company.
Sweden are blessed by the esports jobs flowing from a few organizations in particular. The hub for these is the capital, Stockholm, which seems the vast majority of jobs in esports. Esports jobs in Sweden seem to have even more bias to Stockholm as UK jobs have to London, and that’s saying something!
Here are the jobs you’ll find in Sweden from esports companies who hire fairly frequently, and unfortunately for those of you not in the capital they’re all in Stockholm:
- DreamHack - A giant of esports who frequently posts esports jobs is DreamHack, the tournament organizer and digital festival is headquartered in Stockholm. They post both junior and senior roles in esports.
- MTG - Modern Times Group, or MTG is the parent company of both ESL and DreamHack. Just like DreamHack, they are in Stockholm and will hire for people there on occasion.
- Ninjas in Pyjamas - Legends in the CS:GO scene NiP is an esports org based in, guess where, Stockholm! They don’t post jobs with the frequency of the previous two companies, but when they do they’re usually lights-out ones.
- Challengermode - Challengermode is a platform that offers online competitions for gamers. They are based in Stockholm and post esports careers fairly regularly.
- G-Loot - Having raised $25 million in March 2019 and with their HQ based in Stockholm, it will come as no surprise that G-Loot is another esports startup adding to the number of jobs in Europe.
7. Rest of Europe
We’ve only done county-specific sections for the above three countries because the rest of Europe is fairly lacking in terms of esports jobs.
We do find a few dotted around in countries like France, Poland, The Netherlands, Spain, and Austria, but not at the frequency we’d like.
Here is what companies you may find posting jobs in the rest of Europe:
- PUBG - PUBG Corporation has an office in Amsterdam that we sometimes see them adding to.
- Riot Games - A truly global provider of jobs, Riot have offices in Paris, Dublin and Barcelona that contribute to the number of careers we find in the less active countries in Europe.
- Red Bull - Red Bull Media House is a section of Red Bull that will sometimes hire staff to help in the production of esports content for their office in Salzburg, Austria.
- Newzoo - A games and esports analytics firm, Newzoo is based in Amsterdam and will post jobs that appeal o our users with a penchant for data.
- Blizzard - Just like Riot do, Blizzard offer jobs in many different parts of the world, including the odd few in The Hague in Holland and Versailles, in France.
- Kinguin - Possessing a gaming marketplace and a competitive esports org with multiple teams, Kinguin is the primary source of jobs in esports for fans in Poland. Their primary office is in Warsaw, as are the majority of their positions.
Asian esports is dominated by the Chinese market, though other countries still develop opportunities in themselves, particularly Singapore which is growing into a real hub for esports jobs. The Chinese esports market is absolutely huge, with a fierce fanbase behind League of Legends that is slowly growing into other games.
Other countries in Asia that we see esports careers in include, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Taiwan and Australia, though all of these are infrequent to come across.
A hindrance for us, of course, is that a lot of jobs in the above countries are not posted in the English language and therefore we don’t always pick up on them.
Where the work placements in esports are popping off is largely in South Korea and China; some of the international companies in esports have offices there. Let’s take a walk through some of the companies we see recruiting in Asia and where about they hire for:
- SuperCell - The mobile gaming giant posts roles all over the world, and we’ve seen them list positions relating to esports in both Shanghai and Tokyo.
- Secretlab - The chair manufacturer is located in Singapore, and recognizable in esports through a series of high-profile sponorships.
- Razer - A great source for jobs in esports for the engineer and business-savvy people, Razer hire people in Singapore at a pretty decent pace.
- CORSAIR - The components giant has an office in Taipei, Taiwan, where they'll often post engineering and mechanical roles on existing and new products.
- Blizzard - Blizzard has offices all over the world, including in Shanghai, making them a fairly regular poster of positions in the industry.
- Riot Games - A favorite company among the Hitmarker team for their exceptionally written job adverts and their broad hiring of esports personnel, Riot have offices in China, Singapore and Tokyo that hire enough staff for us to include them.
So there you have it! Hitmarker’s comprehensive list of where you can find the locations of esports jobs, and a little information about the types of companies that hire in those areas.
Hopefully this has helped you narrow down what kind of opportunities exist in your area, and has helped you shape your plan of attack for getting an esports job.
Good luck out there!
Image credit: DreamHack / Jennika Ojala