Source: Insight Public Sector
The Ascending Trajectory of E-Sports Careers: A Growing Industry with Expanding Opportunities
BY: Michelle Liew
In recent years, the world of e-sports has undergone a meteoric rise, captivated the attention of a global audience and established itself as a mainstream form of entertainment. This surge in popularity has not only led to an increase in the number of tournaments but has also paved the way for a myriad of career opportunities within the industry. The Chief Executive Officer of Esports Integrated (ESI), Ahmed Faris Amir, is confident that the trajectory of e-sports careers is set to soar as more tournaments are organized, offering diverse roles beyond professional players.
Diversification of E-Sports Careers
The e-sports industry is no longer solely about the prowess of players on the virtual battlefield. Ahmed Faris Amir emphasizes the potential for various professions to flourish in tandem with the growth of e-sports. These include roles such as coaches, psychologists, nutritionists, marshals, and graphic designers. As more teams engage in tournaments, the demand for specialized skills and support staff increases, providing a diverse range of career opportunities.
Ahmed Faris Amir notes, "When many teams participate in e-sports tournaments, then many more competitions will be organized by other organizers. So from here, a lot of time and energy will be involved to generate their income." This insight underscores the multifaceted nature of the e-sports industry, creating a ripple effect that extends beyond the players themselves.
Personal Success Stories
Muhammad Haiqal Ahmad Yatim, known in the e-sports community as 'Sultan Riq,' shares his personal success story. Despite initial disapproval from his parents, Muhammad Haiqal persevered in pursuing his passion for e-sports. He narrates how his involvement in the sport not only helped him financially during his studies but also led to significant recognition, such as winning the Best of Gaming category at the TikTok Awards 2023. His journey illustrates the potential for personal and professional growth within the e-sports domain.
ESI's Initiative: EsportsCon Malaysia 2024
Esports Integrated, an initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports under Impact Integrated, organized EsportsCon Malaysia for the first time. This event served as a platform to bring together industry players, Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs), e-sports brands, teams, and enthusiasts. The agenda included panel discussions on e-sports topics, cosplay performances, and lucky draws, fostering a sense of community and collaboration within the industry.
The future of e-sports careers looks promising, with a myriad of opportunities unfolding beyond the gaming realm. As the industry continues to expand, so does the demand for professionals in various domains, creating a diverse ecosystem that goes beyond the virtual arena. The success stories of individuals like Muhammad Haiqal Ahmad Yatim highlight the transformative potential of e-sports, not only as a source of entertainment but also as a burgeoning field for career development and personal achievement. With events like EsportsCon Malaysia paving the way, the e-sports industry is poised to continue its upward trajectory, offering a wealth of possibilities for those eager to be part of this dynamic and rapidly growing sector.