Frequently Asked Questions

Esports seems an addictive and lonely activity. Is it safe for my child?

At first glance, esports can seem like a lonely activity.

However, the digital community your child reaches out to while playing esports is immense and they’re constantly interacting with one another over game chat and other digital platforms.

As for being addictive, gaming and esports by themselves are not overly addictive activities and it’s easy to spot in your child any potential addiction problems, long before they become major issues.

As a parent or guardian, you also can help them incorporate other activities into their lives.

At Guild Academy, we ensure your child is active in a safe environment by implementing robust anti-bullying and toxic behaviour prevention policies, while also keeping you informed about your children’s performance and general behaviour.

How can my child become a professional esports athlete?

With a lot of hard work!

They’ll first need to practice constantly to develop their gaming skills.

After this, they can create a portfolio and showreel with their top plays and reach out to professional teams.

They can also arrange tournaments at their local school or attend online tournaments to become scouted.

At Guild Academy, we offer a programme that encompasses all these activities, with online personalised training programmes to help develop their skills.

We also organise regular tournaments where they can apply what they’ve learned and get scouted by professional teams.

Your child can also become a professional esports athlete by being recruited by one of Guild Esports’s own professional teams.

Apart from being a professional athlete, are there other options for my child in esports?

Apart from becoming a professional player, the esports industry can provide many viable options for your child.

The esports market and potential jobs within it are growing at an exponential rate.

UK job website Hitmarker reported a 163% increase in the number of esports jobs posted in the past year.

As such, it’s a vibrant and promising career field, where your child can choose one of the many other possible occupations such as a team manager, analyst, shout caster and social media manager, or have a profession in esports finances or journalism.

With an entrepreneurial spirit, your child can also find a fresh approach in esports that’ll ensure their success.

At Guild Academy, we put great importance in assessing your child’s potential of ‘going pro’.

If it doesn’t look likely of them making it as a pro, we’ll instead guide them towards the many other esports careers, so that their time isn’t wasted.

Apart from a career in esports, are there any other professional benefits?

A recent report published by McKinsey states that while technical knowledge for a profession is still important, the advent of technology and easier access to information means that ‘soft skills’ such as strategic thinking, decision-making, communication and emotional resilience will be just as important as technical know-how in the 21st century job market.

Esports with its informative, competitive, and collaborative nature helps your child develop these important skills.

At Guild Academy, we place great importance on helping children reach their potential in these areas and plan our programmes accordingly.

What are the non-professional benefits of esports?

For children and teenagers who don’t feel the pull towards traditional sports, esports can be a viable area for them to communicate and engage with their peers and to gain self-confidence.

Esports can also help grow an interest in STEM careers (science, technology, engineering, and maths), with video games inspiring them to become professionals in computer sciences, coding and perhaps designing their own games.

Do esports lead to an inactive lifestyle? Are there any health risks involved?

While esports might seem like an inactive activity, it does involve high levels of physical fitness and requires lightning-fast reflexes.

Most of the professional esports athletes who serve as role models to our students, also regularly work-out and tend to do yoga or something similar.

At Guild Academy, our courses also involve lessons about posture, stretching and so on, to ensure our students remain healthy.

Can esports lead to violent behaviour or anger issues in children?

The general opinion that video games can lead to violent behaviour has been disproven by many independent, rigorous psychological studies and research.

As for anger issues, while tempers can run high during an esports match, it’s no different to what’s encountered in traditional sports.

Competitive sports tend to require passion for success and this passion can manifest itself at times in emotional behaviour.

As a parent or guardian, you can lead your child in channelling that passion into positive attributes like hard work and a love of learning.

At Guild Academy, we’re experienced and informed when it comes to helping our students develop their passion into a career.

How do I find out if a game is suitable for my child?

Esports games have their own age ratings that are assessed by the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) system.

It’s illegal for a retailer to sell a game to a minor if they are below the PEGI rating.

The PEGI age ratings are 3, 7, 12, 16 and 18 years old.

Online games, however, are notoriously difficult to assess and rate.

As such, as a parent or guardian you should take an interest in the games your child plays to check out the content and age rating and decide yourself.

Can esports training and a formal education go together?

Esports is very competitive.

And just like traditional sports, only a few players get to become professional athletes.

At Guild Academy, we emphasise the importance of incorporating esports into your child’s daily routine while making sure their formal education doesn’t suffer.

Many amateur players play esports in their spare time while successfully continuing their studies.

How can I, as a parent or guardian, support my child through their esports journey?

The first step is to get involved.

Choose an interactive game that you can play together with your child, like Minecraft, and let them lead you from there.

They’ll be excited to teach you about the rules, the tournaments, their favourite players, and streamers.

You should also ensure that they have the suitable equipment and help them set up their practice schedule and attend tournaments.

At Guild Academy, we can help supply you with the tools to set-up and observe your child’s training regimen, as well as follow their development through our regular tournaments.