British esports caster, host and streamer James Banks has introduced a new scheme that aims to help up and coming esports hopefuls land their dream job.
Project Esports Mentors has been set up to give people a chance and a platform to display their work.
In the ever-growing esports industry, more and more people are looking to secure paid positions. But like any fast-paced and exciting sector, things can get competitive – and not just from a player perspective.
The aim is to give people experience and knowledge, which will eventually help them to get the job they want in esports.
“Back when I got started in 2003, you could quite easily go and volunteer on a website, gain some experience and find your way in the esports world. Now it’s not so easy. I want to offer an experience to people where they can learn and grow.”
James is starting out by helping those looking to get into esports commentary, journalism, marketing and management to start with, but may expand into other professional areas in the future. They can fill in this form here to express their interest.
He made the announcement as part of his new BanKs Esports website.
James aims to mentor participants in the scheme himself, along with other people and teams he knows well. He hopes to put people in touch with his range of contacts from within the UK, the US and elsewhere.
“Back when I got started in 2003, you could quite easily go and volunteer on a website, gain some experience and find your way in the esports world,” James said in the above vlog.
“These days, every job I see says you need some experience. Where do the young people – the people who are the same age as when I started out (13) – go?
“Back then it was easier, now it’s not. They might want to write articles and get experience, or get involved in commentating but don’t know how.
“So what I’ve tried to do is put together a team of people I’ve worked with before, sponsors and teams as well, who will help me give people positions in esports.”
James says he can’t accept everyone, but will pick people based on what they want to do, how passionate and motivated they are, and how much free time they have.
“I want to offer an experience to people where they can learn and grow,” James added.
People interested in the programme can fill in a form on the website.
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Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.