In the past, video games were associated with failing grades and bad habits. While that is unfortunately true for those addicted to it, video games have proven to be a fun past-time activity for many, similar to playing football or drawing!
Nowadays, video games are being established as a viable career in the form of esports—a very enticing prospect for many, such as your child. As a parent, you might be fully supportive of your child in considering esports as a career. However, you may also be reluctant to allow them to do so with the stigma that surrounds video games.
Whatever your stance is about esports, here are three things you need to know when it comes to finding a career in the industry:
1. Esports isn’t only about Playing Games
When you think “esports,” you might believe that it is all about playing video games for big money. Although that’s a part of it, esports isn’t only just about playing. In fact, there are many other career opportunities available that relate to esports.
For a more technical career, your child can opt for a software developer, game designer, animator, and others alike. For more business-oriented jobs, your child can become a sales representative, market researcher, manager, or producer. In other words, the esports industry is a mix of many different aspects combined into one industry, offering plenty of opportunities for everyone. Because the industry is growing at a tremendous speed, there will be plenty more opportunities in the future. Because of that, you can help your child to focus on their skills to help decide which route is the best for them.
2. Becoming an Esports Player is Extremely Hard
If your child does want to become a professional gamer, you should know that it is challenging to achieve. Many gamers that are playing professionally spend up to 12 hours every day practicing. Although this is essential to keep them in tip-top condition, injuries do occur, such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, and trigger finger.
Because of that, if your child wants to pursue such a career because it seems fun, let them know otherwise that it takes much effort and training. As mentioned previously, if your child cannot achieve the high-level skill needed for professional play or is discouraged upon knowing how hard it is, there are still other careers in the esports industry.
3. Esports is Becoming a Varsity Sport
Many schools have recently adopted the idea of esports being a varsity sport for their students. Although many parents may find this idea disturbing, esports gives the same benefits as traditional sports. Soft skills, like learning to work together, creating strategies, and communicating are taught, similar to traditional sports. It also helps students learn to be humble winners and good losers and, more importantly, to have fun!
It is good to support your child to build their skills to help them find a career in esports. As the esports industry is growing, more opportunities are presenting itself, allowing your child to contribute to the booming trade in more ways than one.
Remember, although your child loves esports, that doesn’t mean that they should focus on it 24/7. Your job is to keep your child in check—limit screen time, encourage socialization, go for exercises, and others alike. As a parent, you should do whatever it takes to not only support your child’s career but for their well-being as well.
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