The UK’s leading executive search firm has combined expertise from its gaming and sports practice to create a dedicated group of global resources for eSports, assisting clients with executive and board hires in this high-growth sector.
Odgers Berndtson is the UK’s largest executive search firm with 53 offices in 28 countries across the globe and therefore one of the leading international headhunting firms.
A large part of their success has been in developing dedicated teams to support the growth of new markets and sectors. With the global eSports market set to grow north of $500m in 2017, Odgers Berndtson have created a dedicated eSports resource by combining expertise from two of their existing global practices: Sports and Gaming. The team, based out of the firm’s London office, will operate globally and have the support of the Odgers Berndtson international network, particularly in the Asian and US markets.
Odgers are unique in being the only global search firm with dedicated search teams in both sport and gaming. The Sports Practice at Odgers has over a decade of experience and networks working with clients such as The FA, NFL, NBA, UFC, WWE, NRL, Bundesliga and Premier League. Likewise, the Gaming practice has established an excellent position for handling senior executive positions in video and mobile gaming as well as focusing on VR and AR.
As well as handling key senior searches in the Sports and Gaming sectors, Odgers benefits from strong networks inside the broader Media, Technology and Entertainment sector. As the eSports sector matures, Odgers' networks across broad geographies and markets should prove valuable in helping leagues, teams, sponsors and games publishers to access the necessary talent to allow them to take advantage of the increasing awareness of eSports globally.
Andrew Bulloss who heads up the Global Gaming practice at Odgers Berndtson said "I am delighted that Odgers’ structure and scale enable us to provide a comprehensive search solution for the global eSports community. As this sector matures, the need for senior talent from a wide range of backgrounds will be evident and we are very well placed to support teams, leagues and sponsors in securing the very best leadership profiles. We look forward to seeing how this nascent industry transforms in the coming years and hope to play a part in its growth."
"The growth of eSports is simply astonishing and is a sector in which we feel we already have significant knowledge and expertise. This will complement our existing offering and without a doubt, contribute to the continued growth of Odgers Berndtson globally" adds Simon Cummins, Partner at the Sports practice of Odgers Berndtson.