21st Oct 2018 by Cam Brierley
Updated 5th Sep 2019
Companies Hiring in Esports
If it's your dream to work for one of the giants of esports then you're in the right place! We're going to tell you all about the companies we see hiring the most frequently on Hitmarker and discuss the types of jobs they most commonly advertise with us.
This next post is ambitious, but ambition is something we celebrate at Hitmarker - such as the ambition it takes to make that leap of faith and try and wriggle your way into esports. It’s a list of the companies we see hiring the most for jobs in this sector. Hopefully it will help you folks work out what kind of company is likely to post that dream job of yours.
We’re going to take you through the companies we see most regularly post jobs in the esports space and tell you a little bit about them such as where they are and what kind of careers they typically advertise for.
This piece of advice for how to find a career in esports is part of our wider career advice series, where we’re publishing everything you need to know to lock down a job in esports.
Let’s take a dive through some of the most active hiring companies in esports, shall we?
1. Blizzard Entertainment
One of the largest games publishers in the world is the easiest way to describe Blizzard. They hold esports titles under their belt like Hearthstone, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm and, of course, Overwatch. With such a large amount of esports titles under one company, it’s no surprise that we post a whole load of jobs in different areas of esports from Blizzard.
The majority of jobs they post are located in Irvine, California and are typically full-time jobs requiring a fair amount of experience. Some of the professions they recruit most often for include:
- Analysis and research
We also do see them, on occasion, posting internships for the young blood in the scene to bolster their resume.
Recently, they’ve posted an awesome job as Operations Manager for the Blizzard Arena in Burbank (the home of the Overwatch League currently) as well as for a Brand Manager of Hearthstone in Europe. They’re a great company to look for careers with if you’ve got lots of experience in esports or business in general.
2. Riot Games
Needing no introduction to the majority of esports fans who are aware of the scene as a whole, Riot Games is the publisher of League of Legends, the world’s most popular video game. As such, they have plenty of jobs in esports and the game in general.
It’s impossible to narrow down too much where their careers are mainly based; they have active offices in every corner of the world. Their Los Angeles office is probably the hub of their esports postings, though.
Similarly to Blizzard, jobs they recruit for are usually in the following sectors:
- The creative sector of their games and visuals, like artists and animators
This should by no means be considered a full list of the professions they hire in; with so many employees they inevitably need a mix of everything, this is just what we see most frequently.
Recent jobs Riot have posted include a Senior Visual Designer for their LA station to work on the art in-game, and an Esports Finance Director, to work from the same office. They’re a great company to aim for once you’ve got some starter experience behind you in esports and they always write GREAT job adverts.
Another giant of the esports hiring world is Activision, best known for their publishing of the immensely successful FPS title Call of Duty. The most active offices we see them recruiting for are the ones in Datchet, UK and Santa Monica, California.
They’re a company that’d suit a console/CoD esports fan like a glove, but would also be a great way for anyone to get involved with esports. We see a fair amount of internships from Activision, too, which is great to see them giving fresh faces a chance on top of hiring the more experience folks.
Their job posts usually involve some of these areas of esports and work:
- Marketing of their games
- The legal sector
- Financial positions
- Human Resources
They typically ask for several years of experience, and recently they’ve been looking for a Product Director, PC in Santa Monica and a Paralegal in Datchet, United Kingdom.
ESL is the world’s largest esports company, so you can bet all of the careers coming out of them will be heavily involved in the scene. For this company we can put a pin the bulk of their recruitment and say the overwhelming majority of their job posts ask for people for their Cologne office in Germany, though their UK based team in Leicester also post roles at times.
The types of jobs ESL look to fill are varied, but here is what we see most regularly:
- Management and planning of events
- The usual suspects of marketing jobs for their leagues, events and more
- Sales employees to secure sponsorships among other things
What’s great about ESL jobs is that they don’t always ask for experience. Indeed, we recently posted a job for a “Junior Account Manager / Trainee Strategic Partnerships, Global Sales” in Cologne, and they’re a company who frequently give newer people in the scene a great place to start.
A titan of esports peripherals, Razer is a global company that is heavily involved in esports through its sponsorships of teams and leagues such as SKT, 100 Thieves, Team Kinguin, SK Gaming and more.
Like the other companies in this list, and a common denominator amongst global companies, Razer hire all over the world. With dual headquarters in Singapore and San Francisco, they have nine offices worldwide and are thus a great way for anyone, regardless of location, to find their way into esports. We see the majority of their recruiting take place for their Singapore and Hamburg, Germany offices.
Razer is not typically a company to aim for as an entry-level career in the industry, though they do post internships and they don’t usually stipulate too many years of experience for the careers they list, so should not be counted out by the more junior job-hunters amongst you.
The sorts of jobs we see them looking for most commonly involve the following sort of work:
- Engineers (both software engineers and mechanical for their products)
- Marketing in all areas of the business
- Management of products, staff and more
Some of the recent vacancies Razer has been advertising for include a Business Analyst in Singapore, and a UX/UI Intern in San Francisco.
When you think of esports tournament organizers, your thoughts probably jump to ESL and DreamHack. Having already covered ESL, let’s visit their Swedish counterparts - DreamHack!
DreamHack jobs are very usually based in Stockholm, however we do see them on occasion hiring in North America, too.
They hire a nice range of junior jobs all the way to very senior roles in the scene, which we love as there’s something for everyone with them!
The sorts of jobs DreamHack hire for will often follow this sort of mould:
- Sales managers and associates for ticket sales, sponsorships and more
- Social media staff and coordinators
- Event staff such as network engineers, event managers and more
- Marketing staff to push the reach of viewership, fans, and companies at their events
DreamHack has recently posted careers in Sponsorship Solutions and as a Sales Manager for their offices in Stockholm, and in April they posted a full-time job in Stockholm as a Junior Graphic Designer! These guys are great for the young and experienced esports fans alike to find a great career.
Computer and hardware manufacturing giants BenQ post a steady stream of esports jobs. With such a humungous workforce in a company whose products are used almost ubiquitously across esports - in the form of their monitors or peripherals - they're bound to have a nice number of esports careers!
Their high-quality monitors as well as their esports line, ZOWIE by BenQ, are used throughout esports and are likely to be what the jobs they post with us would be focused on. BenQ has a large variety of offices across the world, with the lion’s share of the jobs in esports going to their Plano office in Texas.
Their postings are varied and we can’t narrow down too much what kind of pattern the jobs they post will follow, but here’s what we expect to see BenQ post in the esports sector:
- Business Development careers
- Sales associates and managers
- Marketing managers
Truly a giant of the tech world, BenQ would be a great company to get on board with if you can perform any of those job types to a high-level.
BenQ has active jobs at the moment for an Esports Business Development Specialist and an eCommerce Specialist, both of which are based out of Plano, Texas.
Publishers of video games and esports titles as a whole are great suppliers of careers in esports, and EA is no exception. Hiring for people to work on titles such as FIFA and Madden, we see a fair few jobs from EA in esports and competitive gaming as a whole.
The two areas of the world we see this giant hire the most in is Redwood City, California and Burnaby, British Columbia in Canada.
We see EA post lots of jobs that revolve around the following sectors:
- Competitive gaming scenes of their published titles, especially FIFA
- Tournament production
- League operations/management
So if those sectors of competitive gaming are right up your street then jobs in EA may align with what you want to do.
It’s rare to be able to include an esports team on a list like this, but Fnatic make the cut due to the global nature of their business and thus the frequency of their hires.
The team is headquartered in London and also has an office in Belgrade, Serbia, as well as a gaming house in Cologne, Germany. For this reason, you’ll see sizeable amounts of Fnatic jobs in comparison to other esports teams.
Recent jobs this esports mammoth has posted include a Head Coach position for Clash Royale based in Los Angeles, as well as a Technical Customer Service Representative in their Belgrade office.
It’s tough to list what Fnatic are most commonly hiring for, as they aren’t the sort of company who need too many people doing the same thing, as we see with more production-heavy companies.
With a variety of entry-level jobs and more senior positions, Fnatic is a great esports company to get in with.
A major force in CS:GO, FACEIT is a tournament organizer and 3rd party matchmaking platform for CS:GO fans to use as an alternative to Valve servers, which many claim to be sub-optimum in their tick rates and anti-cheat.
The company is based in London and thus that’s where their hiring usually takes place, though they do have a studio for their online league ECS (Esports Championship Series), which is in Santa Monica, CA.
The types of jobs we most commonly see coming out of FACEIT are:
- Software Engineer and Developer positions
- Marketing and management for their esports products/services
These two categories do seem to make up the vast amount of jobs in FACEIT, though of course they do post other ones on a more infrequent basis such as Account Executives and Graphic Designers.
FACEIT’s jobs will usually ask for experience, especially the ones in the two sectors we bullet-pointed. They currently have two active roles in London, one for a Site Reliability Engineer and the other for a Software Developer.
The leader of esports streaming is undoubtedly Twitch.tv and a service that the majority of esports fans use on a near-daily basis. The scope of their company is nothing to scorn at; it was purchased by Amazon in 2014 for $970Million, which rocketed the service into the headlines.
The jobs at Twitch are largely centered around San Francisco, in California, though those of you not on the West Coast (which we’ve explored its total monopoly on esports jobs) will be glad to hear that they also hire in Germany and London, too.
Unlike Fnatic, it is very easy to sum up the sorts of jobs Twitch post - here a few:
- Software Engineers - the majority of Twitch’s vacancies are in some form of Software Engineering
- Marketing - whilst Software Engineers make up the bulk, Marketing does make up a fair amount of their posts
- Various management positions of Twitch initiatives
The vast majority of careers that Twitch post are in the area of Software Engineering, though you’ll find the odd management position dotted around as well.
To get a flavor of the sorts of jobs they post, Twitch recently posted a listing for a Software Engineer - Rewards & Loyalty in Seattle, Washington.
As global as they come, Amazon’s reach is such that they post esports jobs at a frequency enough to include them on this list. This is, of course, partly down to their ownership of Twitch, but is also a result of them having their own game studio, Amazon Game Studios.
For us Europeans, the jobs are not on our side of the world with Amazon. We see many of Amazon’s jobs coming from Seattle on the west coast of the USA, these being at both their main company and their Game Studios.
Though the jobs at Amazon are fairly varied, you can expect the majority of them to be in these areas:
- Software Engineers, Developers and UX/UI Designers
- Content strategists and leads
We see those two sectors a fair bit from Amazon, with other roles trickling in as and when.
Being such an authority in the scene and business as a whole, Amazon is not a company to try and get into as a junior. Jobs they post are nearly always intermediate to senior-level careers.
In the last few weeks Amazon has been looking for a Software Development Engineer in Test for Amazon Game Studios and a Senior Technical Program Manager for Twitch Prime (their joint initiative with Twitch to benefit people who use both platforms.)
13. PUBG Corporation
PUBG Corporation is the developer of the massively popular Battle Royale game PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. They’re not the company we see hiring at the rate of the others in this list, but when they do post jobs they always sound superb.
Usually in their office in Amsterdam, Netherlands though sometimes based out of Seoul in South Korea, the esports jobs they post follow a certain trend that always sound awesome. The types of careers in esports that PUBG post usually are along these lines:
- Marketing and digital marketing managers
- Community managers (we see lots of PUBG jobs in this area)
- Public Relations
The careers they post are usually in these areas and are not for those of you without experience, however they rarely ask for unrealistic experience levels. We see, quite often, roles that shoulder a nice amount of responsibility asking for a fair 2-3 years, so PUBG Corp is not an unrealistic company to aim for jobs with.
In the last 20 days or so, PUBG has posted a job for a Community Manager (for the Turkey/MENA, Spanish and Nordic regions) which only asked for two years of relevant experience.
14. Epic Games
Epic Games is the developer of the immensely popular video game Fortnite, which is most known for its Battle Royale game mode which has taken gaming by storm and has assimilated it with the mainstream due to the game's acceptance by big celebrity profiles.
They frequently hire esports-related roles in Seoul, South Korea, though we've also seen them providing jobs to the German fans we have in Berlin, too. The hype that Fortnite has collected unfortunately means that entry-level jobs are limited as the company will need everything executed to perfection. You can expect these kind of sectors being posted by Epic:
- Community Management
- Producers and publishers
- Marketing experts
- Event Managers for the tournament scene that will be coming, per Epic's $100 million prize pool allocation announcement.
So there you have it! These are just a fraction of the companies who post jobs in esports, but are the ones we see on the site most regularly!
Image credits: DreamHack / Adela Sznajder
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