Making it in Esports: Wizards eSports Club CEO, Max Dalmau Colomer 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 Max Dalmau Colomer, CEO of Wizards eSports Club.
1. What was your journey like that eventually led to owning your own team?
MD: My case is no different from many others, young professionals looking for a career change and the timing was just right, saw the opportunity to work in something that was already a big part of my life and jumped into it. Started working for an org, and eventually offered to buy it since they were clearly lacking experience in BA. And from then on, I was able to bring two old colleagues from another project I had worked with, and transform a powerful brand lacking vision into an actual company.
2. What’s an average workday look like for you?
MD: I’m not gonna lie here, and sorry for all of you who believe that waking up at 5 am is the way to go, my workday usually starts at 11, I always stop 2 hours to cook something and eat properly (it’s my chill time) and after that, I’ll go full throttle till midnight, with maybe a quick break for dinner. I must say that I have a lot of work with USA or Asian companies so the timing (together with gamer usual schedule) fits better for me than the regular 9 to 5.
3. What’s the most challenging part about owning your own team?
MD: Having to manage so much different talent with different backgrounds, aspirations, work ethic etc. It’s as challenging as rewarding, but it can get heavy sometimes when IRL life issues from any of my colleagues gets in the middle, I used to have Life crisis manager for @Wizardsclub as bio on Twitter and it was a perfect definition.
4. What advice would you have for aspiring professional gamers?
MD: Take this as you would take any other career, work hard, be a professional at all times, become aware that anything that you post on socials can and will be used against you, forge friendships based on shared interests and give back to the community if you can. And by ALL means, do not send a job application as you were talking to your pal Ben from Ohio that you use to hang with!
5. What excites you most about the future of the esports industry?
MD: This is an ever-changing industry, and it’s what excites me the most, you need to be evolving and shifting constantly in order to keep up so your work will never be the same!