Want a job in esports? There’s actually a site for that now.
Amish Shah, co-founder of venture capitalist fund SierraMaya 360, has launched ReKT, a new esports career aggregation site.
ReKT lists Riot Games, ESL, Team EnVyUs, and SirusXM satellite radio as partners in its effort to connect candidates with companies looking to hire in the space. The website also has an academy component that allows startups and teams in need to seek voluntary interns looking for entry-level positions.
The platform is a reminder of a discussion that trended in the esports community nearly a year ago surrounding an article published by a similar jobs website, esportscareer.org. The group published a story (the page has long since 404’d) about why they allow unpaid positions in their database. The result sparked a debate on volunteer work in the esports industry.
This #esportsunpaid thing today is pretty interesting. I was flat broke in debt with no home working free gigs for years til I made it. Meh.
— Nathaniel Fabrikant (@nathaniastv) September 2, 2015
i had 1000s of hrs playing, writing/talking about, meeting ppl in fgs before i got paid. astounding luck to have such leisure #esportsunpaid
— David Philip Graham (@ultradavid) September 3, 2015
Quick jot about the #EsportsUnpaid discussion
— William Cho (@WillChobra) September 2, 2015
Regardless of your feelings on the matter, ReKt will look to supply a jumping off point for industry veterans and newcomers alike to work in esports, unpaid or not. Considering how quickly games, tournaments, and orgs are growing, there will likely be far more paid opportunities in the future than in the past.
Dylan Walker is on Twitter @dyluuxx