How to Talk to Your Parents About a Degree in Esports Management

Esports is a burgeoning global industry that's ripe with opportunity. Becoming a professional in the field is a smart way to both fulfill your passion for gaming and satisfy your parents’ desire for practicality. 


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

On a scale of 1 to 10, how interested are your parents in Esports? If the number is below a 7, keep reading – we got you!

Your parents want the best for you. They want you to have a solid job with benefits, to make enough money to put food on the table, and to have a little left over to tuck something away for retirement. And they want it to be something you like – extra points if it’s something you’re passionate about. They just never thought a career in Overwatch or League of Legends would be the thing that brings all those pieces together. 

It’s true, not everyone can be the next Faker or MATUMBAMAN. But neither of those players can do what they do without an army of professionals supporting them – and you CAN be one of those people by pursuing a degree in Esports Management

Esports is a burgeoning global industry that's ripe with opportunity. Becoming a professional in the field is a smart way to both fulfill your passion for gaming and satisfy your parents’ desire for practicality. 

Keuka College’s Esports Management programs involve courses in business management, economics, event management, interpersonal skills, managerial accounting, business law, and ethics, to name but a few. If those classes don’t sound practical enough for your parents, here are a few other reasons that might convince them that majoring in Esports Management is a brilliant career move:

The Best Companies are on Board

Long-established brands such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Adidas, and Puma have invested millions of dollars into esports sponsorships. Surely Coke and Nike wouldn’t throw money out the window.

It’s Pandemic-Proof

Investment advisors regularly recommend investing in esport stocks, pointing out that though the industry is young, it has enormous money-making potential. By increasing the amount of time people spend online, the pandemic has only increased this potential.

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My parents just thought it was video games. It’s really hard to convince parents from a different generation that esports is a real thing — until the College started its programs. The College is ahead of the game in its understanding of where esports is going.

— Max Race ’21 Captain, Keuka College Esports Team

Esports Has More Fans Than Football

Recent research has shown global esports revenues topping $1 billion in 2019 and gathering audiences of 443 million (that’s more fans than American football and rugby combined). At this pace of growth, in three years, total revenue could top $2.3 billion. Esports is steadily on its way to becoming the most financially lucrative market on the planet, thanks to huge exposure and interest in major tournaments.

It’s an Ecosystem

By positioning yourself for a career in this rapidly growing industry, you’ll gain a professional foothold in a complex digital ecosystem bursting with opportunity in areas from marketing to management to a host of others in between. 

Opportunity Exists All Over the World

There are thousands of jobs in the esports arena. You can work from home, down the street, or in another country. If you’ve always wanted to travel the world, Esports Management can be your passport. Imagine how excited your parents will be to visit you in all the far-flung places you’ll go!

Two Words: Transferable Skills

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that the best-laid plans are made to be changed. So remind your parents that an esports major gives you skills that will set you up for success in many fields and types of jobs. These are called transferable skills, meaning they can be applied in a number of different professions. Among the skills are communications, resourcefulness, teamwork, and strategic thinking.

It’s Downright Fun

The great thing about getting involved in esports in college is that it’s not all academics: you can have a blast being part of a college esports league. You can play competitively – Keuka College has the first Varsity esports team in NCAA Division III – or just for fun, while at the same time building friendships and decompressing from the daily stresses of college life. Keuka College esports programs are a great way to develop the passion for gaming you’ve had since you got your first Gameboy. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

If you’ve shared all this with your parents and they still need further convincing, remind them that Keuka College’s unique Field Period® program will give you FOUR opportunities to work in the esports field, so you can see if it’s the right fit for you. Come tour our campus and your parents will see for themselves what a great program we have to offer here on the shores of Keuka Lake.

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