Esports Management Program (Postgraduate) (B424)

  • Program Name:
    Esports Management
  • Code: B424
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Method of Study:
  • Duration:
    2 semesters
  • Centre:
  • School: Management
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: January
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $4,410.00 * +
  • Spring 2023 Delivery:
    Not Available

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Program Overview

Esports is a growing, billion-dollar industry that encompasses tournaments, video games, individual athletes, arenas, broadcast television, the internet, and live streaming. The culture of the esports industry has helped power the explosions in esports investment and revenue. Esports has hit this stratosphere mainly because of the social component of live streaming and gaming. Video gaming-specific streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube Gaming give fans a direct connection to the players and teams, while more mainstream socials have allowed those connections to flourish.

George Brown's Esports Management one-year graduate certificate program provides you with the knowledge and skills to manage all facets of esports.

Full Description

The Esports Management program equips you with the knowledge of esports business management. You will learn about the industry, players, influencers and partner loyalty, business and revenue models, regulations and media rights, digital communication approaches, team management, and audience engagement strategies. 

As a graduate, you will be equipped with the skills and interdisciplinary knowledge to succeed in the industry.  You will be work-ready and able to implement sponsorship programs, oversee differentiated delivery modes and manage teams. 

The program focuses on business management of esports events in virtual and in-person spaces, profitability and viability, brand extension, influencer, and partner loyalty. 

You will learn:

  • Strategic planning including revenue models and brand management strategies for teams, leagues, franchises, and influencers. 
  • How to build tactical plans including esports digital and social media promotion for participants, viewers, influencers, and consumers. 
  • About governing the industry's legal, regulatory, and ethical standards. 
  • HR/organizational strategies to manage teams, esports event participation influencers, and spectators. 


  • You will generally meet late afternoons, evenings and weekends. This delivery format accommodates those who wish to work while taking this program.
Minimum computing requirements
  • a PC with at least 8MB RAM and an i5 processor or better
  • Microsoft Windows® 10
  • 64-bit versions of Windows
  • web camera and microphone
  • Windows Version Microsoft Office including Access (as provided by George Brown via limited Student Office 365 versions)

For students who prefer Apple/Mac environments, it is necessary to ALSO have the following:

  • Bootcamp/Parallels
  • a copy of Windows 10 installed
  • Windows Version Microsoft Office including Access (as provided by George Brown via limited Student Office 365 versions)

Your Field Education Options

There are 80 to 100 hours of experiential learning opportunities offered in the program within the esports industry. This includes partner facilitated and hosted projects, and mentoring. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Construct proposals, promotional material, and presentations to meet the needs of stakeholders by utilizing evidence-based research, persuasive communication techniques, and graphical elements.
  2. Manage technical strategy, including applications, software and hardware required in scalable esports environments.
  3. Develop strategies for the successful implementation of esports partner and sponsorship programs.
  4. Assess, plan and implement differentiated delivery modes for esports events to ensure profitability and viability.
  5. Research the micro and macro environments of gamers and esports communities in order to develop events, experiences, marketing and promotional material that respond to the needs of those environments and communities.
  6. Adhere to professional, legal, regulatory, environmental, ethical, diversity and inclusion standards when performing work and conducting esports business operations.
  7. Manage accounting and financial operations to comply with tax and insurance practices for entrepreneurial, small, medium and large businesses.
  8. Manage internal staff and external relationships by applying human resource leadership principles and negotiation skills to promote organizational effectiveness. 
  9. Use project management principles, tools, and strategies to plan, organize and execute online or in-person experiences.
  10. Lead the development of integrated marketing strategies that increase brand equity and revenue streams across all media.
  11. Build and cultivate inclusive community-oriented business strategies that engage diverse stakeholders and generate revenue across the esports ecosystem


Required Courses

In order to graduate from the B424 program, you must successfully complete the following courses:

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse TitlePrerequisites
ESP 4000Introduction to EsportsNone
ESP 4001Technology for EsportsNone
ESP 4002Selling and Networking for EsportsNone
ESP 4003Human Resources for EsportsNone
ESP 4004Marketing Management for Esports INone
ESP 4005Project Management for EsportsNone
ESP 4006Ethics and Law for Esports None
ESP 4007Capstone INone

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse TitlePrerequisites
ESP 4008Business Strategies and Revenue Models for EsportsESP 4002
ESP 4009Marketing Management for Esports IIESP 4004
ESP 4010Media Production for Esports ESP 4001
ESP 4011Event Management for Esports ESP 4005
ESP 4012Capstone IIESP 4007

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Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Common job titles for Esports Management graduates include:

  • Esports Commentator
  • Esports Entrepreneur
  • Venue/Areas Manager
  • League Organizer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Team/Technical Recruiters
  • Content Creator 
  • Esports Sales
  • Marketing Manager Esports


Esports have evolved rapidly from a niche industry to a mainstream, billion-dollar form of entertainment in the professional sporting space. With the rise in demand, the industry requires trained professionals who have strong business acumen and passion for the esports industry.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$4,410.00 * +

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2022. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2023 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

  • College Diploma, Advanced Diploma or bachelor’s degree in a related field or demonstrated, relevant work experience (resumé and references required), or equivalent international credential.
  • Program GPA requirement of 2.7.
  • Special Prior Learning (PLAR) consideration would be given on a case-by-case basis – to recognize prior learning and relevant career work experience. 


Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the college level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission. In addition, applicants who are considered for admission to the program based solely on their work experience will be required to provide proof of English proficiency at the college level, and may be required to write the George Brown College English admission assessment.

Please review our English proficiency requirements.


Some college and university credits may qualify you for exemptions. Please visit our transfer guide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

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Fees and Financial Information

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Esports Management (B424)

For inquiries related to this program (for example, course-specific information) please contact the program co-ordinator:

Ted Snell, Program Co-ordinator

Elizabeth Speers, Director, Centre for Business


Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

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