Esports & Labor Skills

Esports & Labor Skills I have also analyzed some research and data on the effect of gaming on labor skills. I have always suspected a positive relationship between gaming skills and skills that could be applicable in other professional industries so I wanted to look more into it. I discovered that the research does suggest that video gaming can improve labor skills, however, the evidence on the effects on cognitive and motivational skills [...]

Esports Funding Guide – the fundamentals

Esports Funding Guide - the fundamentals Running an esports team or organization is hard and expensive. This is written for esports teams, organizations and sports clubs working with esports. My mission is to provide a wide range of ideas and ammunition for potential revenue streams so you can develop and run profitable esports teams and organizations. In 2015, I founded what is now one of the biggest esports organizations in Denmark with several [...]

A little about PEGI

A little about PEGI PEGI (Pan European Game Information) In Denmark we see the PEGI recommendations as that, recommendations, not law. This means that we have esports clubs, and schools, where they offer training in CS:GO for youngsters, below the PEGI recommended age. Why? I believe that people learn best through trial and error. How can we learn to master things, if we don’t actually try and fail? This allows kids and adults to [...]

Self-Esteem & Esports

Self-Esteem & Esports All over the world, we have boys and girls - men and women who love esports. All types of people love to play games on their computer, console, tablet or phone – some in groups and some alone. This fact, in its self, is a dilemma, because many of the people closest to the gamer, like friends and colleagues, do not get it – the love for the sports. Even [...]

A little about gambling

Gambling Gambling, skin betting, casinos, betting, money, wins, losses – are all words we see as a part of our esports world. In Denmark we (at DGI) work closely with The Danish Gambling Authority and the National Center for Gambling Addiction to ensure that we provide a large amount of information, education, training and courses to esports clubs, parents, managers, coaches, schools – and of course, the players themselves. Our intention is to create [...]

Step 7: Let´s Gooooo!

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 7: Let´s Gooooo! Now your board has prepared everything as thoroughly as possible. You have competent people; you have a plan, goals, and strategies and have divided responsibilities and deadlines. So now it's about executing the plan. Esports clubs have many stakeholders and therefore you may find that many people want to meet and talk about what you are doing. Most municipalities and regions are [...]

Step 6: Who is doing what and when?

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 6: Who is doing what and when? Let’s make an operational plan. Your board has created a strategy for achieving your goals based on your game plan, values, mission, vision and general ideas. Now it is about putting it into action. The board should compile and prepare an operational plan for who is responsible for each task and by a certain deadline. The operational plan [...]

Step 5: Strategize!

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 5: Strategize! By this point your board has made a game plan and set relevant goals. Now you need to make a strategy for how to achieve these goals. A strategy can contain the answers to these questions: How do you select which games you want the group to be trained in? How do you find coaches for the relevant games? (Be specific here) How [...]

Step 4: Setting goals

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 4: Setting goals Right, with the board in place, and your newly formed framework, you are ready to start working on setting goals and operationalizing your plan. See the framework and plan as dynamic and remember that in just six months (or even less) there may be a lot of changes and it may require you to re-do some parts. Here are some suggestions for [...]

Step 2: Get in touch with people

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 2: Get in touch with people Here there are two ways to go: 1) You are already in a traditional sports club playing tennis, running or doing other cool activities. If so, you should set up a meeting with the club manager or board members and present your game plan. Ask if the sports club is interested in you starting up an esports division within [...]

Step 1: Start with the “why?”

9 Steps to start an esports club The first thing you should do is ask yourself the following question, “Why do I want to start an esports club?” Next, go somewhere where you can find inspiration and think of ideas (Note, you do not have to find the “right” answer, just brainstorm so you get an idea of what you will build – and how to do it). Ask yourself again, “Why start [...]

9 Steps to start an esports club

Esports in Denmark Now I want to share my personal experiences from building a grassroots esports club. Let´s go! This guide is based on my experiences from founding and being chairman of the board at an esport association in Denmark. The esports association is one of the biggest esports club in Denmark, with 250+ paying members and 70+ volunteer trainers and managers, as of January 2018. Why start an esports club or association? I [...]

My personal favorite way of esports

Esports in Denmark My personal favorite way of esport I love that esports are becoming more and more a part of sports clubs and the educational system. Why? Because my heart beats passionately for “little Michael” or “little Sarah” (all children growing up) who love to play games on their computer, phone or tablet. I, especially, feel for those who have not been given the proper respect, or recognition for their personal growth [...]

Esports, the community way

Esports in Denmark Esports, the community way So you must think I can’t count, but actually, there’s a fourth way to esports – bootstrapping, the old-school-way of doing esports. This is more gaming-related and takes place when gamers in clans, guilds, or other gaming and esports communities (typically online – through a game client) join forces, create teams, and start entering tournaments and competitions together and/or with friends. You can easily create an [...]

Esports, the sports club way

Esports in Denmark Esports, the sports club way Right now, esports are tapping into traditional sports clubs across Denmark. Nearly two million Danes are members of the 61 national federations that are a part of the Sports Confederation of Denmark. Football is the most popular sport with almost 350,000 members followed by golf and swimming. Gymnastics, handball, badminton, horseback riding, tennis and sailing are among other popular sports. Approximately 800,000 adult Danes and [...]

Esports, the educational way

Esports in Denmark In Denmark, we are seeing more and more primary and secondary schools, as well as higher educational institutions, offering esports classes and courses. This puts esports directly in the educational curriculum. Esports courses are currently considered a sport or an extra-curricular subject. Different schools offer different esports courses, some of which have 200+ students and major classrooms with state-of-the-art-gaming setups specific for esports. Others offer advanced esports courses in gaming [...]

What about money and huge prize pools in grassroots esports?

What about money and huge prize pools in grassroots esports? Personally, I do not like money or huge prize pools in grassroots esports for the simple reason that I have seen how players can enjoy playing just for the fun of it—the friendships, the experiences and the pride of winning. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fine to have prizes for the winners, best teams, best players, and all that. And prizes [...]

Step 8: Stop!

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 8: Stop! Evaluate and adjust. As time goes by, you will find goals or plans need to be changed or completely replaced. Make sure you, on the board, talk about the success of what you do. For example, if it doesn’t make sense to make a big esports tournament, well, don’t do it. Do more of what works, and do less of what is difficult or [...]

A Case Study: DGI Esport in Denmark

A Case Study: DGI Esport in Denmark DGI is a national umbrella organization for more than 6,000 local sports associations and clubs in Denmark. The sports clubs represent more than 1.5 million active members and a wide array of activities including for example gymnastics, badminton, basketball, handball, shooting, volleyball, swimming, tennis and various martial arts. With 15 regional offices across the country, DGI covers all of Denmark as well as a small part [...]

Should we be afraid of computer games and grassroots esports?

Should we be afraid of computer games and grassroots esports? The answer is simple, no. I believe in “everything in moderation”. It’s natural to fear new things, especially new technology. I have collected four anecdotes about new technology through the years and the skepticism around each one. The printed book In the 1500s a German goldsmith named Johnn Gutenberg invented a machine that changed the world: the printing press. The books and materials [...]

Esports, the commercial way

Esports in Denmark Esports, the commercial way In Denmark, we have three ways of doing esports. I’ll walk you through each one – it might be of inspiration to you and others.. This kind of esports is the “easy” kind; venture capitalists (VCs), businesses, brands and/or individual founders and business owners, join competencies, experience and capital, and create an esports organization. It typically contains at least one esports team, sometimes more. They form [...]

Q&A about esport with Martin Fritzen

Esports in Denmark Should grassroots sports organizations enter the esports field? And if so, what approach (including the types of activities) should be used? Yes, indeed. Esports fit really well with other sports clubs and grassroots sports organizations. What I have learned is that, it is all about relevancy. If you are a grassroots sports club, and you want to include esports, you’ll want to ask your local community for their input. Facilitate [...]

Step 9: Keep going!

9 Steps to start an esports club Step 9: Keep going! Next up - operations and development! The months following the start of your esports club will include evaluation, customization and execution of your plans. In my esports association, it was important to first find the right format for training and practicing. We discussed and implemented the following: How to recruit the right coaches and managers (unpaid/volunteer) Customized meeting agendas New games, new [...]