Esports Job Spotlight: Product Manager
What skills do you need?
You’ll need to be a strong communicator, a team player with good business sense and the ability to work under pressure. Experience in sales, events, project management and esports also obviously helps.
Leadership skills will help too – and you may be required to travel frequently depending on the organisation. Good outside the box thinking will go a long way in product management.
Salary and hours
The average product manager salary according to Indeed is almost £50,000 (as of August 2020, taken from some 3,000 roles), but this includes non-esports roles and may not be accurate for this sector.
At the top-end, you could see figures of £60-70,000 and beyond, for example at huge game publishers. Junior roles may be closer to £20-25,000.
In terms of typical hours, it depends on what is being worked on. Activity can ramp up around a particular event or product launch, and you may be required to be around during this, then once it’s over, product management may alter to more of a 9 to 5 role. But it varies and you may need to put in extra hours where necessary, especially with a deadline around the corner.