Making it in Esports: TaKeTV GmbH CEO, Dennis Gehlen 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 Dennis Gehlen, CEO of TaKeTV GmbH.
1. What was your journey like that eventually led to owning your own team?
DG: I was a pro player myself in the early 2000~ and i remember how much it helped me, to have people around me, who supported me in many different ways, to back then join SK Gaming which was the best team in the world and already there I founded the “SK06” team which was a pool of talented players and it had a great success.
With having a company these days in esports I am happy, I can give something back and Angry Titans have been a great story for all of us.
2. What’s an average workday look like for you?
DG: My average workday has not so much to do with the team, since great people take care of the team and always have. I just help in making the right decisions and push the team, especially when they are in our facilities.
Other than that, I am owning TaKeTV which is organising and producing esports events and taking care of brands who are going into our market and helping them to grow. We are around 40 people working here.
3. What’s the most challenging part about owning your own team?
DG: The most challenging part of owning a team is always how to finance them, cause monetizing teams is not as easy as some people might think and the numbers, especially in Overwatch Contenders League, are not that big, which is sad and you don’t have offline stops, beside atlantic showdown, which only a few teams can participate in. But we are also talking about young people, which is also challenging when it comes down to expectations.
4. What advice would you have for aspiring professional gamers?
DG: My advice is straight forward. Work hard and be patient and aim for the long shot! It is not about making money in the first step, it is about getting the right opportunities to become one of the best and if you make it, you’ll make your money anyway!
5. What excites you most about the future of the esports industry?
DG: What excites me the most is that the potential is still insane and we are the generation that can be a part of developing a new young industry.