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Launch an Exciting Career in Esports

December 13, 2021 by Mandy Byrd |

EsportsCareers_BlogExplore the many possibilities — then gain the skills you need with UNC Greensboro’s Esports Digital Certificate Program.


Pop quiz! Don’t worry, we just have one question for you:

The competitive video gaming industry, commonly known as esports, offers career options in which of the following fields?


  • Data Analytics
  • Communication
  • Event Management
  • Sales
  • Higher Education
  • Community Engagement

The answer, believe it or not, is all of the above. Esports is a $1 billion industry that presents a variety of compelling career paths. Let’s explore just a few of them.

Working with Athletes 

You don’t have to be a professional gamer to work in esports, but if you like the team atmosphere and want to work directly with players, there are plenty of roles to choose from. For example:

  • Coach
  • Team Analyst
  • Fitness Trainer
  • Agent
  • Recruiter
  • Referee
  • Collegiate Esports Director

Communication and Marketing

The rapid growth of esports has created a wealth of opportunity for communication and marketing professionals. Positions in this field include:

  • Shoutcaster (color or play-by-play)
  • Tournament Host
  • Brand Marketer
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Data Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Content Creator
  • Video Producer
  • PR Professional

Event Management and Fan Engagement

Like other sporting events, esports tournaments attract thousands of fans to watch the competition and cheer for their favorite athletes — and millions more watch online. These large events would not be possible without a large team of professionals who focus on:

  • Event Planning
  • Project Management
  • Tournament Operations
  • Tournament Promotion
  • Community Relations
  • Fan Engagement
  • Social Media
  • Sales and Partnerships

This is by no means a complete list of possible careers, as esports also employs professionals in business, accounting and finance, IT, merchandising, and more.

Esports Digital Certificate Program

If you’re intrigued by the idea of an esports career, you may be wondering how to get your foot in the door. UNC Greensboro’s Esports Digital Certificate Program was designed to develop the skills you need to enter the exciting esports arena. You won’t learn how to be a gamer, but you will develop key career skills in these innovative online courses designed by industry experts:

  • Esports Ecosystems: Past, Present, and Beyond Gaming
  • Athletic Content and Viewer Engagement
  • Hype, Engagement, and Sponsorship
  • Esports Team and the Details
  • Tournaments: Design to Execution
  • Money, Money, Money: The Revenue Strategy

These are noncredit courses, but they are academically rigorous. Plan on spending up to 7 hours per week on each course. You’ll earn a digital badge for each 4-week course you complete. Complete all six courses to earn the digital certificate. The cost for each course is $400.

Level Up Your Career — Start Learning Today!

The Esports Digital Certificate Program can help you leverage your skills and experience to succeed in this growing field. Ready to get started? Register online to begin your first course!


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