Work in Esports

Esports is a rapidly growing section of the broadcasting industry. The following advice comes from an industry insider who prefers to remain anonymous.

Do you love broadcasting sports and playing video games? Esports may be a perfect gig for you to explore.

Esports broadcasts have been embraced by not only major networks like Turner Sports, Disney, and others, but virtually every tech company as well. Even pro sports leagues are offering Esports divisions to connect more with millennials.

Gain Experience

Find matches to broadcast online and stay with what you know! Much like calling traditional sports, Esports requires a certain skill set. Knowledge of the video game being played is a must.

Promote Yourself

Let the world see what you are doing. Two ideas:

  1. Ask the league you are covering to make a post on their website
  2. Link to your work on popular community sites

Hit the Job Market

Look around your area to see who is hosting large competitions. Research to find the platforms upon which the competitions are being broadcast.

As of 2020, casters for these sports are in especially high demand:

  • League of Legends
  • Overwatch
  • Counter-Strike
  • Fortnite
  • StarCraft II
  • Heroes
  • Starfighter 5
  • Apex Legends

Not all Esports air on Twitch

Other platforms include:

  • YouTube Live Gaming
  • Mixer
  • Facebook Gaming
  • Steam TV
  • Caffeine

Another Twitch note is that they are moving into live sports programming with the addition of NBA G-League broadcasts, among others.