The realm of gaming has exploded to the point that it can be quite lucrative to be good at playing video games.
In fact, some people consider themselves to be like a sort of athlete. Once the realization hits you that you are really good at it, then the next logical step is to make money at it.
This is a great time to be thinking about creating an Esports team.
It won’t be easy, but with enough determination and the skills that are needed, it can be a great way to carve out a nice living doing what you love. Don’t try to go it alone. Having a team that is all pulling on the same rope helps.
Create a brand
The first step is making a name for your team. Something catchy and easy to remember. It has to convey what your team is all about.
Once you have the name decided on, then you will be building a brand around it. Get a designer to make a professional team logo. Once you have a name and a logo, get some custom sports shirts made up.
Have shirts for your team and supporters, if you have any. Give them out to friends and family so you can start building some recognition of your brand and team identity.
A website will also come in handy. Your website should tell the story of your team and further solidify your brand. It also helps to point people to a site that explains it all so you aren’t constantly having to explain to everybody you meet that you are not a gambler playing casino games! All you have to do is tell them to check out your site.
Management is important
Every team needs a coach. An Esport team will sort of act like a coach and an agent all rolled into one.
Pick a person who will help you get your name out there and into tournaments. They will be in charge of promotion and organizing to make sure you are always moving forward.
It’s best to pick somebody who is not going to be gaming but is dedicated to managing the team.
Financing your team
Don’t think about how much money you are going to be making. For a while, you’re going to be spending quite a bit. Sponsors won’t touch you until you have some wins and a reputation so you’ll need some capital to work with.
Look to friends and family to help you pay for things like travel and hotels for when you’re on the road to tournaments. Crowdfunding is a great way to get some money to keep the ball rolling.
Wrapping it up
It is going to take a lot of work to get your team to where it is making money. Finding sponsors is harder than ever so make sure you are doing everything right to succeed.