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The Making of an Esports Team

For many in the esports and gaming world, being in a competitive team is a dream. But what does it really take to evolve an esports team?

The esports team has compared itself to traditional sports teams for years now. There are similarities attributed to both disciplines, but can esports be put into the same category? Leading and creating a team has been studied and publicised all over. Although with many theories available, making and leading a team has its similarities. What’s important to understand is that an esports team requires a unique recipe that is often neglected.

How does it differ?

These teams differ to traditional sports in more ways than at first glance. Esports requires much more mental stamina than physical, but more importantly, they typically form an age demographic of early 20's to teenagers. This demographic has a solid understanding of technology and its capabilities. They have matured in an era of information at their fingertips. The ability to understand or self teach is so easy with technology that this demographic has proven time and time again to be incredibly intelligent beyond the years of older generations to date.

High-end esports players are brilliant and highly responsive at making fast decisions, creating a situation that needs slightly different management. Managing a team of this calibre with players at such a young age requires a certain level of leadership. To a certain extent, team management doesn't require an equally talented player, but more importantly, a leader who can guide players and their abilities.

What are the actual values of an esports team?

Whether you are playing counterstrike, League of Legends or FIFA, you will find that players have very similar values. To be the best in their field and to win as often as they can. Being of a younger age, many professional esports players are not privy to the design and construction of some of the best teams in the world. These players have not thought about what they are genuinely trying to accomplish and the path on how to achieve that; they are just incredible players. Many esports professionals enter the competitive scene from an informal platform, from playing solo or games with their friends. Whereas in traditional sports, many professional players evolve through a very structured club based system. The biggest challenge is ensuring, just like any high performing team, that they have an equal goal and that when challenges occur, that the purpose is not blurred.

How does someone manage an esports team?

In many respects, an esports team coach or manager should have a reasonable understanding of the game. It would be tough to expect these managers to be of equal talent, but more importantly, their role is to talk the player's language and guide them as a team. Strategic discussions are critical, not just about how they play but how they interact, communicate, and make decisions. How players understand the statistics, comprehend the information in front of them, and, most importantly, react to different situations. One of the biggest challenges of an esports team is understanding that losing is winning and winning is winning. Because learning more about your team and how to be better from every situation gets your team one step closer to the top.

If this is a topic that you are interested in, we at EsportsAus highly recommend the following books and articles to read up on:

  1. General Stanley Chrystal's - Team of Teams

  2. The Discipline of Teams - HBR

  3. Understanding Esports - Wanyi Tang

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