February 13, 2019

Mentors and Managers

In the last post I presented you four different types of Esports coaches: The analyst, the strategist, the mental coach...



Esports in its current form has become a fast and still growing market with challenging competitive conditions.
It raised from an underground phenomenon to a mainstream entertainment-sector captivating millions of players, viewers and fans every day.
The demands on the disciplines itself, the organizations, teams and individual athletes are constantly advancing in terms of professionalism, performance and competences. In order to achieve and maintain those high levels, the people behind the scenes who are working around the athletes will be an even more decisive factor of success in the future. Analysts, managers and especially coaches in any form will face a broader range of tasks and challenges and will become even more important in the daily routine of esport teams and players. Not only game-specific knowledge, tactics and analytic work will play a role in the upcoming responsibilities of coaches, but also accompanying the teams social process and supporting the positive mental development of each player and their individual personalities.

Through personal coaching, I help players, teams and people working in the Esports industry not only to structure their training and step up their performance, but also to take their career to the next level and achieve their personal goals.

In addition to that I want to give all these topics a serious framework regardless of the particular game and share my experience, knowledge and thoughts with the community in form of free webinars and blog articles. My goal is to provide a deeper understanding of esports to players of any skill level and to offer methods and perspectives that will help you to develop and improve as a player. But more than that, this channel shall give those interested into the topics a place to find quality content on a regular basis and a possibility to exchange with other like-minded people.

The current state of coaching in esports

About the job title, the first coaching personalities, task fields and common sense of what makes a coach in Esports.

Video 2

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Video 1

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The journey begins

I am Christian "xeniken" Kandora. I am an esports enthusiast and I can look back at more than 15 years of experience in competitive gaming. Back in the days I started early with classic online-multiplayer-titles as RtCW and Quake before I discovered Counterstrike 1.6 in 2003, the game, that should somehow change my life and become my passion for over a decade. Even then when esports was not as big as it is today, I took gaming and competition in organized teams very serious and I was constantly eager for more. After reaching my peak I was finally able to compete on top ranks in online-leagues, tournaments and prestigious national LAN-Events, such as Northcon, always placing within the top 10. It was indeed an eventful and educational time for me.

Way back I could not have dreamed of what esports will become almost ten years later. Today I study sociology and philosophy with the goal to work as a professional consultant or coach after finishing my degree. As esports was and will always be a part of my life, I never lost track of the scene and advancements in competitive gaming. Having a great interest in science and in particular psychology, I really gained a new perspective on esports in general and on the challenges of the modern athletes. Combining both, my academic view through human sciences and my comprehensive pool of esports know-how, I can finally give something back to the gaming-community in form of this YouTube channel. My vision is to share my views, insights and experiences with others and to create a channel everybody can profit and learn from. Follow me and lets find out, wheter this will be just an ordinary blog or if I can make my dream come true to be a professional esports coach one day soon.