I used to be a manager of a Tier 3 Overwatch team called Team Kringe EspUrts from June 2017 to October 2018. It was unpaid, stressful and time consuming. So how did I start and why did I do it?
HOW I STARTED:
Back in 2017, Blizzard announced a tournament called Overwatch Contenders. This was going to be considered Season 0 and anyone could enter. I could be wrong but I think you also had to be at least a masters player. Either way, you didn’t have to be on a professional organization to play. So Ray, my boyfriend, wanted to start competing and he joined a team that ended up being named “Plant Parenthood.” I don’t want to take the blame but I think I did end up coming up with that name. And I thought it would be interesting to try my hand at being a team manager.
So I helped out with finding scrims and getting everyone together. It was tough because it was hard to get any kind of communication with the team captain. He hardly message me back to confirm if the team was ok to scrim at a certain time or if there were any issues with contacting the other team. As expected, Contenders Season 0 ended up with a pro team winning and they had announced of a new league style tournament called Open Division. Ray ended up taking 2 other players from Plant Parenthood and I continued to be the team manager. Eventually, we found 3 more players and that was the start of Team Kringe EspUrts.
WHY I CONTINUED:
I knew Ray really wanted to get into esports and Overwatch was exactly the game he was looking for. Team Kringe was HIS team, not mine. But managing a team took a lot of effort and it would be hard for him to be a player and also manage. So I took on all the administrative stuff. With him just focusing on being a player and improving with the team, it took a huge load off his back. Maybe it’s just my personality but after some time, I found it fun to be a team manager. I liked scheduling and collecting data and managing a group of people.
WHAT I DID:
Managers’ responsibilities vary from team to team. Here is basically a list of what I did:
- Obtain everyone’s availabilities for scrims
- Schedule scrim blocks
- Make sure everyone is on time for scrims and tournaments
- Manage tryouts
- Research and sign team for tournaments
- Maintain team twitter account and website
- Communicate with external organizations/teams
- Gathered data on scrim results
It was a lot for one person, but I still found it fun for awhile. There were times where it was overwhelming. For example, sometimes, players don’t show up and trying to get them to play or even finding ringers was stressful because of the time constraint. But I powered through it all.
WHY I STOPPED:
Eventually things had to come to an end. I ended up getting a full time job and moved to Chicago. Plus with my long commute to and from work, I just didn’t have any free time anymore. I became less and less reliable to the team. After Season 3 of the 2018 Open Division, I decided not to rebuild the team. Ray ended up looking for a new team as well.
WHAT I LEARNED AND WILL I EVER GO BACK:
Managing is stressful. It can be daunting. It’s underappreciated when the team is successful and overly criticized when things go wrong. I don’t think people should ever go into managing a team willy-nilly. If you fail as a manager, you can ruin players’ chances of moving up. If you ask me if you should be a team manager, I would say no. Questioning yourself if you should manage already tells me that you are not ready to do it. I’m not sure if I will ever go back to managing. I want to but I don’t have the time. If I ever find myself back into it, it would probably just be as an assistant or I would have to find an assistant myself. If there’s anything I learned, it’s that you can’t do it all by yourself. I came into it thinking that Ray cannot do it all, to manage a team and be a player. I ended up being in the situation I didn’t want him to be in.
I hope you all enjoyed this read! As a follow up, I do want to write articles about managing small esports teams. I want to help those who want to be managers and lead them up to be successful so that their players can be successful as well. Be on the lookout for those! But that is it for me, I will see you all next time.