If you have experience in teaching others how to play a popular game and are a highly ranked player, you could potentially earn some side income by becoming a gaming coach. As a coach, you will help other gamers become stronger players by building skills and overcoming bad habits.
What Does a Gaming Coach Do?
While responsibilities will vary depending on the game you are coaching and your client’s needs, here are a few things that most gaming coaches are asked to do:
- Replay Analysis – clients may often record their own gameplay to send to you. You will then review it with the client and go over plays that need improvement. Explain to them what they can do to improve and what opponent actions they should watch out for.
- One on One Coaching – you may be asked to watch a player (or a team) play through a few games. While you watch, work with them to improve their response times, work as a team, and exploit the enemy ranks to get to the top of the ranks.
- Play Games – some clients may want to play you to get practice playing against a more difficult player. If you are in the game, you can create scenarios that will force the client to practice a new technique multiple times.
- Communication – in competitive gaming, communication is key. The lack of good shot-calling can bring an otherwise good team down in the rankings. As a coach, you can help train players to know what to communicate to their team and when to help everyone grow better at the game.
- Pro Advice – if you were a competitive gamer, you may be able to help skilled gamers learn what it is like to work in the gaming industry. Some will have questions on how to network, join a team, and stay cool under pressure.
How to Become a Gaming Coach at a School
If you want to become a professional gaming coach that works at schools or universities, you may need to get a teaching certificate. Research what is required in your specific area, then pursue it as a career. Often, when coaching on a school level, there is more of an emphasis on the teaching skill than the skill of a particular game.
Where to Become a Private Gaming Coach
One of the easiest ways to become a private gaming coach is to sign up with a coaching platform online. You will need to find one that offers the game that you know well as a choice. Some popular options include:
- GamerSensei – offering services in over 20 games, GamerSensei is a popular gaming platform that attracts people looking for coaches.
- Fiverr – an online marketplace where you can work as a freelance, creating your own rules and prices.
- Pro Guides – if you are an expert in one of the games they offer, you may be able to get a position as a coach or work with their YouTube series.
How to Become a Private Gaming Coach
Once you have found the coaching platform that most appeals to you, you will need to apply to become a gaming coach (or set up a Fiverr profile). Whether you are filling out an application or setting up your game coaching bio, you will want to make sure to cover the following details:
- Gaming Experience – When did you start gaming? What games do your play? What ranks did you reach? Do you have professional gaming experience? Have you won tournaments?
- Coaching Experience – If you have taught, tutored, or coached in the past, make sure to mention it in your application. Include references if you can.
- Game Specialization – Explain what areas of a game you excel in and how you will be able to train others to improve their game over time.
Popular Video Games to Coach
While there are many games that can be coached, here is a list of 10 popular games that will almost always attract clients:
- Fortnite Coaching
- League of Legends Coaching
- CS:GO Coaching
- Call of Duty Coaching
- Apex Legends Coaching
- VALORANT Coaching
- Overwatch Coaching
- Hearthstone Coaching
- Super Smash Bros Coaching
- Teamfight Tactics Coaching
How Much Do Gaming Coaches Earn?
Coaching salaries will vary from coach to coach depending on experience, supply and demand on the game you are coaching and more. Most coaches will be able to earn between $10-25 per hour (when they have clients), though some will eventually be able to charge hundreds (and rarely thousands) for a single session.
When pricing your own work, it is a good idea to see what similarly skilled coaches are charging and price yourself in the same range.
If you have a lot of gaming skill and love to teach others to follow in your footsteps, you may be able to work as a gaming coach online. Coaches can help many gamers improve their game over time and become stronger players.