As a high school Esports coach, I’ve seen my fair share of players start the process of collegiate Esports recruiting. This includes the creation of gaming resumes and highlight reels shown to recruiters and collegiate coaches. I thought it would be helpful to compile the knowledge I’ve gained about Esports highlight reels and what collegiate recruiters like to see to help any aspiring Esports athletes. In the end, this is advice from a high school coach’s perspective, and should be treated as such!

Esports Recruiting, What to add to your Highlight Reel

Whether you are a high schooler looking to get into colligate Esports, or a gamer looking for an Esports organization to join, you’ll likely do business with a few recruiters along the way. Often, recruiters seeking candidates for their organizations will ask for a highlight reel to be submitted as an introduction to you and your gaming skills. By doing this, they are essentially asking you to boil down all your gaming knowledge into 5 minutes of video. Recruiters want to know how much the coaches and team will need to teach you, and if your potential to grow fits their team culture.

Six to Seven Seconds

A popular fact you may have heard while job hunting is that recruiters take no more than seven seconds to pass judgment on the candidate’s resume. The same can be said about Esports recruiters. Use this knowledge to your advantage when creating your highlight reel. The first few seconds of your video are a lot like the first paragraph of an essay. You want to grab the attention of your watcher right away. These crucial first frames are for showing off your best plays.

This early section of the video should be used to display individual skills.

Think, what would you bring to the team that no one else could? These clips shouldn’t be trick shots (no matter how cool they’ll make you look). Trickshotting, though flashy, involves a bit more luck than skill. Instead, include clean and calculated plays that show you have a level head and the ability to critically assess situations as they happen.

Keep it Concise

The video should be short, never more than 5-8 minutes (make sure you keep all of the footage you take, even if you don’t include it in the video). Include an “introduction” to yourself so the recruiter can get an idea of what type of player you are, and the history you have in gaming. This includes adding your username, previous ranks, and even other games you play if you believe the skills from each are transferrable to the game you are trying out for.

Another thing to keep in mind is the clarity of the video to your recruiter. Avoid using the typical hyped-up, dubstep montage music heard in trickshot youtube videos.

One way to apply both of these tips is to do a voice-over for your highlight reel. This means any recruiters watching get to know you while simultaneously watching you play, hitting two birds with one stone. You can also add context to clips you are particularly proud of by briefly explaining context (i.e. how you knew to throw that flashbang where you did).

Examples of Teamwork

Recruiters want to see displays of teamwork, especially when trying out for team-based Esports like League of Legends or CS:GO. Rather than simply claiming you communicate well, why not show an actual clip as an example? This may look like including a section of your video that has voice communication with your team.

Try to use a clip that shows your shot-calling abilities. The best clips would include clear communication between players followed by successful outcomes. For example, target calling in a team fight leading to a kill, or calling out an enemy’s positioning to catch them off guard or protect your teammates.

I hope you found these tips for making a successful Esports recruiting highlight reel useful. Gamerabble wants to see your plays! Share your highlight reels with us on Twitter, and keep the conversation about highlight reels tips and tricks going.

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