What game Broadcasters do:
Whether it’s the latest League of Legends tournament or Street Fighter 5 competition, Broadcasters are in charge of capturing these live events for a global audience.
They ensure the buzz and excitement of these events are properly represented through supervising where cameras are placed, lighting equipment, microphones, props and graphics.
They also contribute ideas with management to help create successful broadcast events, while anticipating needs and implementing solutions as they present themselves.
What Broadcasters are good at:
Understanding the game so key elements can be best captured and represented on live broadcast.
Displaying great creative vision and to plan all elements of the broadcast.
Working as a team and showing great people and communication skills.
Setting up, programming and operating technical broadcasting equipment.
Managing stage areas and communication systems.
Strategically planning with a strong vision of how to shape broadcast and streaming events.
Being highly organised, extremely detail-oriented and adept at operating in high stress environments like live TV.
Create and maintain budgets and schedules for pre-production and production, ensuring proper resources and all contingencies are planned for.
Oversee the execution of day-to-day operations and upkeep for developed broadcast programmes.
How to become a broadcaster:
You can study through A-levels or Highers or Level 3 vocational qualifications in relevant subjects like Media Studies, English, or Communications.
At university level, a degree Film, Broadcasting, TV/Radio, Communications, or similar subjects would help. However, you can start your career through work experience or an apprenticeship in a junior role.
Whatever you choose, it’s essential to network to gain contacts and first-hand experience. Research different production companies or broadcasting esports companies to understand how they operate, and maybe also volunteer or shadow to gain the necessary skills as you go.
How much you could earn:
Broadcasting contains different jobs of various levels – from director to runner. However, the national average salary for a Broadcasting member is £30,000 in the UK.
A starting salary can range from £15,000, while more experienced broadcasting staff can earn around £50,000 and more. (Source: Glassdoor)