Disclaimer: This is for those who want to manage a small unsigned team. If you’re coming here looking for tips on starting an organization, this may not be the place for you. Tips in my Esports Team Manager 101 blogs are based on my experiences as a former Overwatch team manager.
Somehow you came to the conclusion that you want to be an esports team manager. How you got to this conclusion is beyond me. Jokes aside, in my last post about how I became an esports manager, I mentioned that people should not get into it willy-nilly. But if you are sure you want to start managing an esports team, then this article is a great place for you to start.
Before going into esports management, there are some things you should think about and ask yourself. Your answers should help keep you on track for your goal. Think of it like a business plan for yourself.
Why did you get into management?
First you need to understand why you took your first step into team management. Everyone has their own personal reason for being a manager. For example, my reason was to help Ray manage his team so he can focus on being a player. Here are some other examples I learned from meeting other managers:
- They used to be a player and want to stay in the esports scene but moved onto management because:
- They no longer wanted to be a player
- They felt they couldn’t keep up as a player
- They could no longer commit to being a player
- They were asked to help manage a team
- They wanted to get into the management side of esports
It is always important to understand why you are getting yourself in esports management. In fact, when getting into anything that can be considered daunting, even as a player, you should always understand your initial purpose of doing it. And here’s why: When things start to collapse under you, when things start going bad, you start to put all the blame on yourself or the blame on all those around you, depending on your personality. You start thinking about why you even started doing this in the first place. If you identify why you started, it’ll help you keep you moving forward to your goal.
What is your ultimate objective and short term goal as a team manager?
Speaking of goal, the next thing you need to ask yourself is what your goal is for being an esports team manager. You have to establish this before finding yourself a team to manage, because once you get into it, you’re kind of stuck unless you want to screw over your team and abandon them mid-season of a league tournament.
Your ultimate objective can either be something you want for yourself or for others. Here are some example of other managers’ ultimate goal:
- Become a general manager or staff for a professional organization/team
- Help players move up to become professionals
- Provide a service to unmanaged teams to assist them in growing
Keep in mind that these are goals for those who are going into being a team manager for small, unsigned esports teams, not those looking into creating an organization.
Next, you’ll need to think of short term goals that will help you reach your ultimate objective. I would suggest coming up with goals to achieve every few months or so. For example, if you want to help players move up to become professionals, you might want to get a coach and sign your players up for 5 tournaments within the next 4 months. Now, from the perspective of a former Overwatch team manager, I’d make goals every Open Division season.
I highly suggest you keep reminding yourself of all your goals and objectives to keep you on track.
Understand what other team managers do
Before starting, it’s always best to ask other team managers do and I suggest asking multiple managers. Every team manager do different things which is usually dependent on how the manager ran the team and how much staff they had. Some teams had “full” staff with a manager, assistant manager, coach and analyst. Other teams only had a manager who had to basically do all the work.
Most managers have social medias that you can reach out to. And if any managers are reading this article, I highly suggest that if anyone reaches out to asking what you do to happily share your experience with them. By doing this, you can help raise a new manager.
I hope you enjoyed that read! Again, I want to keep writing articles about managing small esports teams so be on the lookout for more articles. And if any aspiring esports managers want to reach out to me, please don’t hesitate to do so! But that is it for me. I’ll see you all next time!