Been told you can’t make a living playing video games?

Think again.

Jobs in the esports sector increased by a whopping 87 per cent in 2019 alone, according to a survey by reported by VentureBeat.

In 2019, the number of jobs available increased to 11,027 — a jump from 5,896 in 2018 .

In terms of paid jobs in the sector, the number almost doubled from 4,591  in 2018 to 9,705 last year.

The US accounts for more than half of all esports positions in 2019 — 56.36 percent with 6,215 jobs. That number was a 10.35 percent increase from the 46.01 per cent in 2018 when 2,713 positions were available.

The most active esports company is Twitch for hiring staff. Overall, it advertised 1,334 jobs last year — it accounted for 12.10 percent of all jobs in the sector around the world.

The second and third most active companies were Riot Games and Cary-based Epic Games, respectively. Riot offered 6.86 percent — 757 roles — of the total jobs available, meanwhile, Epic offered 3.38 percent of the opportunities in 2019 – 373 jobs.

California was the most dominant state for esports in the US. The west coast state made up 63.44 percent of the country’s opportunities — 3,943. Washington and New York proved to be the second and third biggest states. T hey had 418 and 366 roles available, respectively.

Women seeking employment in the esports sector continued to rise, in 2018, 14.04 per cent of prospective job seekers were female. That number increased to 15.63 percent last year.

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