Careers in STEM
Esports Job Openings Double Year over Year
- By Dian Schaffhauser
UK company that specializes in advertising jobs in esports globally
said that the number of opportunities in esports has nearly doubled
year over year. According to an analysis of its own data, Hitmarker
reported that 11,027 jobs were listed in 2019 compared to 5,896 in
2018. However, nearly 12 percent of those were unpaid.
data for the analysis was taken from 16,923 jobs posted on Hitmarker
between Jan. 1, 2918 and Dec. 31, 2019.
all countries, the United States led the way, hosting 56 percent of
job openings in 2019. The bulk of those — two-thirds or 63 percent — of U.S. jobs were located in California, totaling 3,943 for the
year. Washington state came in second, with 7 percent of open
positions, equaling 418 jobs.
largest number of job types was software engineering (18 percent),
followed by marketing (14 percent), design (7 percent),
operations (7 percent) and sales (seven percent).
top five hiring companies were:
with 1,334 job openings;
of Legends' Riot
with 757 positions;
with 373 posts;
with 304 openings; and
game platform producer Skillz,
with 269 jobs.
the first year since Hitmarker began its public count, almost a tenth
of jobs (nine percent) were categorized as "entry" level,
needing less than a year of experience. Positions for people with
between one and two years of experience made up 19 percent of the
composition. Those with between two and five years — intermediate
candidates — were in demand at 40 percent of companies. And those
with at least five years of experience — senior people — were
sought in 31 percent of job listings.
positions made up more than three-quarters (76 percent) of open jobs
in 2019. At 10 percent, "volunteer" posts were the next
most common type of opening; however, this share is down from 18
percent in 2018. The company called this a "contentious aspect
of the job landscape." Part-time, freelance and internship
opportunities all came in with less than 10 percent.
complete worldwide data breakdown is openly available on
the Esports Insider website, which covers news in the segment.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.