If you are building your esports team, or launching tournaments, you only have so many hours in the day. You need to decide what deserves your attention. And what you can skip.
You may be aware of the 2 largest esports non-governmental organizations: the International Esports Federation and the newer Global Esports Federation. Each has 100+ affiliated organizations around the world. And they host large esports tournaments.
You will also find regional groups and national esports organizations which have similar programs with a more local approach. In a large city, there will be even more groups. Google is your friend in finding them.
But then you need to ask yourself: “What’s in it for me?”
At the Gamers Change Live Podcast we don’t make any recommendations on which groups you should join. What we do recommend is to get involved.
This is especially true if you are just starting out. Or if you are small and looking to grow in the esports industry.
What can be the benefits of these organizations for you?
- Networking – find other esports entrepreneurs in your area or actually anywhere in the world and connect. People are incredibly helpful and willing to share their expertise on their journey.
- Mentorship – beyond networking connections, these organization can help you link up with smart individuals who might be willing to guide you. But remember it is up to you to seek them out, no one is going to have a flag out to become a mentor. More on this later.
- Formal Education – many organizations have training materials available that help people at all stages of their development. Some might be free, and some might require payment. Decide what works for you.
- Non-formal Education – this is where you learn by watching others doing something you want to learn. People are going to be talking about what works for them. As in most things in life you can learn a lot just by paying attention.
- Find Partners and Sponsors – make sure you check out the sponsors and partners of these esports organizations. They have already demonstrated interest in the industry. Some might be able to help you out as well. Or may give you ideas on who you can approach.
- Play Games – you can participate in their events – maybe individually, or with your own team.
Our philosophy is that people learn from one-on-one conversations. People learn best from people. And these organizations can introduce you to individuals you might never have considered on your own.
Are you a member of an esports organization?