Making it in Esports: FATE Esports Founder, Mohammad Majali On Owning an Esports Team
This article is part of Gamer One’s new Making it in Esports series which interviews top industry team owners to learn more about their journey and to share the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
The following is a recent interview we had with Mohammad Majali, founder of FATE Esports.
1. What was your journey like that eventually led to owning your own team?
MM: I worked in video and live-broadcast TV for over 11 years before working in esports (music videos, TV advertisements, live sports). In 2016, I had heard about a large number of professional players coming out of my home country Jordan, and decided to film a short doc about the Jordanian esports scene. I spent about a year of meeting players in almost every gaming café in the city of Amman, and long story short I decided to leave my entire video career and build a Dota 2 team with five of the players I had met during my time in the cafes, things evolved into global CS:GO, Tekken 7 and Fortnite from there.
2. What’s an average workday look like for you?
MM: Esports is a hyper-paced industry, and every hour something new is happening somewhere around the world, that’s what drew me into this job in the first place. Our average day includes sending and responding to emails, phone calls and meetings, then we follow up with the teams, individual players, managers, content creators, and tournament organizers.
A majority of the tournaments we compete in are happening in different time-zones, so the games start late at night, and if we’re competing in Asia or North America they start early in the AM for us, by then the management team is all watching together (mostly from our homes) and usually streaming, updating social-media, scores etc.
3. What’s the most challenging part about owning your own team?
MM: Staying ahead of the game. We’re very serious about what we do and every member of FATE is fully committed to their job, this takes a lot of hard-work and effort, we’re always awake and spend very little time AFK.
4. What advice would you have for aspiring professional gamers?
MM: Spend thousands of hours practicing and competing, and keep evaluating yourself. If your gameplay is not progressing and you’re finding it hard to compete at low level competitions, then pro gaming is not for you. But, If your results are improving overtime, then stay at it, your esports career starts online and anyone in the world can join an open qualifier, so in that sense it’s a lot easier to be recognized or scouted as a player than it is in traditional sports.
5. What excites you most about the future of the esports industry?
MM: Its massive growth and global reach.