The Work in Esports podcast is a place you can hear from industry professionals about their path in esports, how they got started, gained experience, and the skills they developed along the way.
If you have ever wanted a career in esports or just want to know how to get more involved, this is the podcast for you. From designers, to shoutcasters, to co-founders, we have a growing list of guests from across the industry who walk you through their experiences, step-by-step, and help you gain perspective to help give you an edge and maybe just find an esports career for you.
#14 - Matt Akhavan-Kim
Matt has been forging their own path in esports for over 7 years now, mostly from a General Manager side of things. From managing players to assisting with visas to supporting leadership and diving into analytics, he has gained experience at Envy Gaming, UCI Esports, Misfits Gaming Group, Flyquest, and Cloud9. He is passionate about organizational strategy and intends to further put his stamp on the industry in the coming years as he wraps up his MBA in 2023.
Please note that this previously unreleased episode was originally recorded on February 25, 2021.
Nishant Patel on founding AFK Gaming, esports in India, and what skills are in highest demand.
Nishant Patel is one of the co-founders of AFK Gaming and also serves as its Head of Content. AFK Gaming is one of the top esports news/media sites around, specializing in topics around mobile esports & what's happening within the industry in India.
We discussed his vision for Asian esports, what it takes to survive as a media company in such a fast-moving industry, and what you as a job-seeker can do to make yourself the best possible candidate for a job in esports.
You can find him on Twitter @therealClouDx or on LinkedIn. Make sure you also check out AFK Gaming, along with their latest news and projects.
Breanne Harrison-Pollock on designing esports apparel and the importance of persistence
Recorded at the end of 2020, Breanne discusses what went into building what Forbes described as "the Nike of esports," an innovative apparel company called Ateyo. We explore how she stumbled upon PC Cafes in New York, helping to spark the initial idea for their first product. She also shares what went into founding and setting up the company, negotiating with factories, work-life balance, networking, and more!
You can find her on Twitter @breannehp and you can find out more about Ateyo here: https://ateyo.com
I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did; if you did, please leave the podcast a review (it really helps!)
Duran Parsi ON: founding CSL, new challenges at FACEIT, and building a career in esports
Duran is a longtime esports veteran, playing for the National team in StarCraft: BroodWar while in high school, eventually founding the Collegiate StarLeague, and more recently taking on new challenges at FACEIT. In this episode, we explore each step throughout his career, his motivations & challenges, and his advice for anyone looking to build a career in esports.
Will Whittingham ON: finding a job in esports
Will is on the front lines of helping people find work in the esports industry. His job as a Content Coordinator for Hitmarker requires him to actively seek out the most recent job openings in gaming, so if you want to work in esports, you might want to give this episode a listen!
We discuss his upbringing, his realization that he didn't want to work in politics, the hiring process, tips for interviewing, some things to NOT do while networking, and some additional insight.
Let us know what you think about this episode over on our Twitter. And please leave a review on iTunes or your favorite podcasting platform, it helps a lot!
Cody Elsen, Esports Director at Northwood University
Cody and I both graduated from the same university, but never spoke in detail until this conversation. He started his own organization, Fable Esports, competed as a player himself, and worked alongside professional golfers for years, helping to ensure they had the right tools they needed to succeed on the course, and today he finds himself doing the same thing at Northwood, helping students succeed in the classroom and also in-game.
What I found most fascinating about this conversation was learning about all the support that the university is offering students and the amount of REAL, hands-on experience they are organizing for their students. It definitely seems like they are setting them up for success.
If you want to learn about what it takes to become a college esports athlete, how to manage an esports team efficiently, or the importance of analytics in all things, then you might want to give this episode a listen. Learn how to work in esports by hearing about Cody's experience.
Great podcast, love the host!