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Director Esports

Job Function Marketing, Brand & Community Management

Type Regular

Location WA - Renton

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Bring Your Brain....                                                                                                 Director-Esports

We'll Supply the Gragon!


Are you….

  • An experienced and passionate esports professional?
  • Excited to join a team dedicated to leveraging Magic: The Gathering’s 25-year history in competitive gaming and catapulting it to new heights in esports on its new digital platform, Magic: The Gathering Arena?
  • Experienced in creating a culture of excellent esports design and execution, comprised of vision, collaboration, and impact?
  • A fluid and flexible leader who is people-centric and nurturing, with a robust toolbox of skills to deal with a wide variety of people and situations?
  • Excited about working on a lifestyle game that has been a part of gamers’ lives for 25 years, and to make it a part of their lives for 25 more?

Then we have a fantastic opportunity for you to consider. We’re looking for a Director of Esports for Magic: The Gathering Arena. As part of the esports team leadership group, you will lead a team of esports professionals to design and execute best-in-class esports programming for MTG Arena. You and your team will collaborate with the rest of the esports team, including the tabletop competitive gaming team, event management team, and video and content production team, as well as with the MTG Arena and TCG design studios, to deliver an outstanding competitive gaming experience for our fans and deliver tangible business impact.

At Wizards of the Coast, we believe diversity of experience is fundamental to creating accessible and fun gaming experiences for *all* of our players.  We encourage everyone to consider being a part of our team.


Product Ownership

  • Drive and advocate vision for the Magic: The Gathering Arena esports by managing the development and execution of all Magic: The Gathering Arena competitive programs 
  • Maintain intimate knowledge of the global competitive landscape, including awareness of industry, its trends, competitive intelligence and best practices
  • Partner with business, content, and franchise teams to ensure that sponsors and partners are fully integrated into the Arena esports programming

Business Operations

  • Define project objectives, schedule, resource requirements, budget, and deliverables in support of the business goals for Magic: The Gathering Arena esports.
  • Build, manage, and develop, a dedicated esports team for MTG Arena Esports, while creating strong, positive relationships with the entire Wizards and Hasbro staff
  • Develop and distribute management level reports to ensure that all team members and management are aligned with the esports strategy
  • Evolve the MTG Arena competitive gaming scene, looking for new competitive structures and innovative ways for competition

Event & Tournament Management

  • Lead team that is responsible for the design and implementation of the MTG Arena esports competitions, associated content, and live events
  • Create meaningful experiences across all levels of competition by developing engaging content and programming that will appeal to existing and new audiences.
  • Manage relationships with key partners and talent as it relates to MTG Arena tournaments, events, and content creation

AM I QUALIFIED? (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)
Experience Creating and Casting these Spells:

  • 10+ years’ experience in games, entertainment, sports, or related industry, including noteworthy roles in esports program management experience
  • Leadership experience, including team building, mentorship, and significant exposure to senior levels of management
  • Proven experience managing live events, tournaments, and live broadcasts
  • Professional experience working with the development and execution of competitive gaming, pro-gaming, ladders, leagues and tournaments
  • Experience working with game development teams at AAA publisher

Knowledge, Abilities and Characteristics of the Ideal Wizard:

  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to work with members across the organization
  • Understanding of collectible and trading card game tournament structures
  • Deep comprehension of various components that make up an esports program
  • Strong knowledge of the esports and competitive gaming industry
  • Strategic thinker with ability to manage multiple projects under deadlines and in complex and fluid business environments

Travel Requirements (% of time per year) 

  • 20%

We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and the requirements for satisfactory performance in this position.  It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of the duties, responsibilities, or requirements of the position.

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Nearest Secondary Market: Bellevue

Job Segment: Manager, Program Manager, Supply, Franchise, Management, Operations, Retail

Date: Nov 29, 2018

Requisition ID: 8773

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