8 Benefits Of Team Esports Leagues In The Workplace

June 4, 2021

Anna Webber

Team Contributor

 

Sometimes you just want a good competition to build camaraderie in your team. Fortunately, TeamBonding has options. With everything from cooking to scavenger hunts, there are events to suit every purpose and business, and now that list includes a range of esports options that your team will love to compete in, including popular franchises such as Fortnite, Tetris, FIFA, Madden, and Rocket League. In addition to being a popular activity for both competitors and spectators alike, esports offer significant team-building benefits to organizations looking to grow the bonds between members.

The 8 Benefits of Team esports

So why go with esports over a traditional team bonding event? There are a lot of benefits, which is why this new category of events has been added to the lineup.

1. Interaction.

One thing that esports brings to the table is the opportunity for people to interact with one another. And not just internally, but with colleagues and even competitors, creating a much more tight-knit community and building a sense of purpose and pride.

2. Multi-Generational.

In today’s workforce, there can be as many as five generations all working in the same office, bringing vastly different life experiences, expectations, and skills to the table. It can be hard for these generations to connect and find common ground, but no matter what age someone is, a friendly competition can create connections. It can serve as a way to allow more experienced team members to get to know their younger counterparts in a more casual setting than day-to-day work allows, opening the door to more mentorship opportunities, better understanding between generations, and an overall willingness to learn — both on the younger and older generations’ parts.

3. Connections.

Esports also offer a way for team bonding events to go beyond just a single interaction, especially in league tournaments. Whether it’s getting together in a Slack channel to discuss strategies or hosting a happy hour to recount wins and lament losses, esports encourages teams to connect with each other beyond the active event.

4. On-going Interactions.

Ironically, as businesses start to return to work in offices, some of the strong connections teams have made in the virtual space run the risk of disappearing as virtual platforms that allow everyone to join in are once more left behind in favor of in-person events or meetings that some might not be able to be present for. Esports are a great way to keep those connections that have been forged over the past year alive and strong.

5. Inter-department Interactions.

Most businesses are made up of multiple departments, and the odds are good that while a single department might be close-knit, they might not be more than passingly acquainted with those outside of their immediate work area. Esports are a great way to bridge that divide. Not only will departmental teams have to come together to win tournaments, but different departments can get to know each other as they compete for the top spot. Add in company-wide recognition for the top teams, and they have more reasons to want to participate.

6. More Than Just Competitors.

It’s a fact that there will be at least some of your staff that just isn’t interested in competition events. But one of the beauties of esports is that it can be just as fun for the spectators as it is for the actual competitors. Encourage all of your staff not on teams to root for the favorites, cheer on their colleagues, and be part of the action in their own ways.

7. An Alternative to Intramural Sports.

In past years, your company might have had a softball team, but as more companies go remote, that can be a real challenge. esports provides a virtual alternative to those traditional team-building events, giving your staff the opportunity to participate no matter where they are based.

8. Fun, Fun, Fun!

Finally, esports promotes a sense of fun throughout your company. It encourages staff to relax, laugh, and have a bit of fun, which in turn can bring stress levels down and create more engaged, productive employees. Esports are a great way to build a company culture that people want to be part of.

There are esports options for everyone, no matter what your interests are, how big your team is, or how long you want the event to last. And with TeamBonding’s expert help, you can easily bring this exciting new category of virtual events to your organization with very little effort. Check out the wide range of options, and start getting your team together today!

The Most Competitive Games in esports

What will an esports tournament look like for your organization? TeamBonding is using the same comprehensive approach and platform it brings to events of all types, so you can be assured it will be a high-quality event that will get your team excited.

  • First, companies can choose between a single-day tournament or can set it up to run as multi-week league events, allowing team members to continue to engage throughout a period of time.
  • You can choose to play against other teams internally, or you can even choose to compete as a company against other companies in friendly competitions.
  • It’s not just about connecting on a screen, either! There are opportunities such as sponsorships, jerseys, trophies, and more available, making it feel more like a true esports event rather than just a trivia competition.

Each esports program is scaled in the beginning based on the number of actual participants. For leagues, the teams play one match per week over the course of 3-4 weeks, with the teams that have the highest rankings advancing to playoff brackets.

And it’s not just for team bonding purposes either. Boost morale and raise money for charity by challenging your competitors to a friendly league match. All the TeamBonding esports events can be played to raise donations, and studies have been done that prove that creating a sense of competition can lead to an increase in donations. It’s another way to bring your team together to work on a goal and build bonds with one another outside of the daily workplace.

What Games Should You Play?

So what games are TeamBonding offering? The list is an impressive “who’s who” from the esports world, with partnerships to bring the best of the best to organizations around the country.

  • Chess
  • Fortnite
  • APEX Legends
  • Call of Duty: Standard
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Overwatch
  • Valorant
  • League of Legends
  • Tetris
  • FIFA
  • Madden
  • Rocket League

 

 

When it comes to choosing the right one for your organization and purpose, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, what are the team demographics – what is the average age, gender, and skill level they bring to the event? You will want to choose an esports tournament that will be fun for everyone, not confusing or frustrating. For example, if you have an older workforce, they might prefer a chess tournament over a Fornite battle. A team that is more into sports might enjoy FIFA or Madden events more than Overwatch. It’s all about understanding your team, and then choosing events they are most likely to get excited about.

Second, what kind of experience are you looking for? Do you want something with an energy rush and a lot of excitement? Something with a lot of laughter? A great brain challenge that tests participants’ ability to think fast? An event that encourages collaboration to win? There are esports events geared toward all of these, so make sure you choose the one that best fits your needs.

 

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