Travis Gafford

Travis Gafford

Esports Journalist


Yahoo! Sports

Los Angeles, CA USA


When I was in college, this job didn’t even exist; I had to create it. So know that your dream job isn’t always what you think it is.

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Travis Gafford

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
He was always interested in PC gaming; during college, Starcraft 2 was released and became an esport.
He would stay up late into the night to watch competitions broadcast from Korea, but he never dreamed he could be a part of that scene.
After he graduated, he wanted to work for a gaming company in Los Angeles, but at the end of the interview process, he was denied the job.
While he was still in a slump after losing out on that job, he mentioned to a peer that he was jealous of his job playing competitive esports.
The peer suggested that even if he couldn’t become a professional player, he should use his communications degree to interview esports players.
He started his own amateur podcast and YouTube channel focused on esports, and League of Legends, specifically.
At the time, he was one of the only people producing League of Legends content, so when CBS decided they wanted to cover the sport, he was the go-to guy.
Says that in retrospect, losing out on that first job was actually one of the best things that could’ve ever happened to him.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
California State University-Long Beach
Career

Career

Esports Journalist

I create content around esports athletes, often in the form of video interviews or features.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Journalism
Journalism
Sports
Sports
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I travel all over North America, Europe, and Asia covering the up-and-coming competitive video game industry by producing videos, conducting interviews, hosting shows, and writing articles.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Think of ways to use your skills and strong points whatever they may be to carve a niche in the industry you are interested in. Networking and building meaningful relationships is key.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Just start making and creating something. Don't spend too much time thinking about if you should, just do it!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm really jealous these people get to play games for a living. I wish I could do something in esports! "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Didn't Get Hired