Esports Program Manager, Japan

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for an ambitious professional with excellent knowledge of Blizzard games and a strong desire to shape the growing esports scene in Japan. Everyday you’ll put your experience in event coordination and execution and your entrepreneurial spirit to work in keeping Blizzard esports initiatives on the forefront of this fast paced and quickly growing industry. In addition to being familiar with the esports market and gaming industry in Japan, you have a magnetic personality and can clearly convey your ideas face-to-face or with a pen or keyboard. You can juggle priorities and course correct in a fast-paced international business environment, and you can think outside the box when looking for innovative solutions to challenges in uncharted waters. You’ll need comprehensive game industry knowledge, a background in business development or brand management, and familiarity with the current esports players in Japan – both the gamers and the event coordinators. You’ll be a full time employee of Blizzard’s Seoul office, but you’ll spend a lot of time in Japan – and will also travel to other APAC countries as well as the United States.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop and promote esports plans, events, and strategies
  • Manage and operate both online and offline official and regional tournament operations
  • Build and maintain close ties with global Blizzard esports teams, external partners and esports competitors
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to drive high quality and consistent broadcasts, live events, and player interaction
  • Maintain transparency among your stakeholders on all initiatives through comprehensive reporting and updates
  • Track and manage quarterly budgets, forecast revenues and spending for esports events and related activities
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Requirements

  • Must be a native Japanese speaker and confident when it comes to communicating in English
  • Experience – it’s important – you’ll need 3 to 5 years in a related field
  • Strong oral and written communication and negotiation skills
  • Must understand money – you’ve managed a budget and can forecast revenues and expenditures
  • You can juggle time and tasks – you’re organized, know your priorities, and can change them as necessary
  • This can’t be your first rodeo – you’ve been part of planning or executing several large events in the past
  • You don’t mind planes, trains, and automobiles – because you’ll likely be using them regularly
  • This one is obvious – you’ll need to be tech savvy with proficiency in MS office

Pluses

  • Previous work experience in the esports field or another competition based industry
  • Experience with social networking platforms in Japan
  • Experience managing and operating event broadcasts or online streaming activities
  • A wicked knowledge of all Blizzard franchises would be impressive
  • Experience managing your own business or other entrepreneurial activity

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