News about the launch of the Esports Certification Institute has been a major talking point in the world of esports social media today—but perhaps not in the way the organization intended. The ECI, with a massive advisory board filled with recognizable faces, introduced its esports certification exam, a multiple-choice test that “certifies” those who pass.
But the kicker wasn’t the exam itself, it was the price point. The exam costs $400 to take, although it’s only $300 if you sign up in the next couple of weeks. Many people have questioned whether this certification is worth it when it comes to hiring, especially at that value.
Esports does have a problem when it comes to the practice of hiring, but this isn’t the solution. We don’t need the test’s key to see this is the wrong answer.
For what it’s worth, the intentions of the ECI appear to be pure. The institute is trying to address a serious issue in the hiring process in a highly sought-after career field: connections and nepotism. It’s no secret that the difference-maker in terms of how some people get hired in esports is their connections. Those connections can open the door for them and even allow them to remain when they’re not doing a great job.
If you look through the ECI’s FAQ and mission pages, it’s clear that’s what it’s trying to overcome. It wants to remove the barrier that affects new hires and talented but unconnected professionals the most. But