Former Dignitas Chief of Staff Ryan Friedman and Houston Rockets’ ex-VP of Esports Sebastian Park have banded together to launch the Esports Certification Institute (ECI).
According to the release, ECI will create and administer a merit-based examination and certification programme for the esports industry. The initiative is focused on promoting ‘meritocracy, fostering professionalism, and increasing diversity and inclusion in esports’.
The programme aims to set a standard in the industry for esports expertise, whilst also increasing a person’s ability to gain related employment with the help of an ECI certificate. The inaugural exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions and one essay. The exam focuses on ‘Esports Knowledge, Statistical Literacy, and Problem Solving’.
Exams will be open to anyone inside or outside the esports industry. A study guide will be offered with a ‘pay what you can afford’ model, using the proceeds to enable low-income applicants to access the test. ECI says it is also ‘actively engaged’ with educational programmes to help identify and sponsor future talent.
Ryan Friedman, Co-Founder of ECI, commented: “Despite massive industry growth in the past five years, securing a career in esports is still often more about who you know than what you can do. The Esports