Evan Tipton, Esports Advisor, for NGame Esports talks about talent agencies in esports.
Esports talent agency Bad Moon Talent has officially launched, offering consultancy and management for professional players and broadcast talent. What is your opinion about the current state of talent representation in esports?
Talent agencies were eventually going to become a thing no matter what. Due to the vast amount of contracts and visas within esports, it was only a matter of time before we needed more regulated ways to improve player management and support.
I genuinely believe this is a good step forward for esports. Allowing players to focus on the things that matter will be valuable in keeping their mental game up.
I think organizations should have dedicated managers to oversee player visa status and other compliance issues on their behalf. If a player feels like they need a manager, then having that option is a great thing. Agents will need to maintain good relationships with organizations to keep everything in good standing.
Both founders of Bad Moon Talent have backgrounds in esports. What advantages does this bring to the agency?
Backgrounds in esports are critical when you are looking to found a business helping others in the field. These founders will have a great understanding of knowing the logistics between the players, organizations, and sponsors, which will make everything easier. Knowing what the industry has been like they can see where it needs help and can give keen insight on where to go from here.