Blog #3.0: A weekend reading list for eSports entrepreneurship

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I’m still learning a lot about how to make my way in eSports. I spend a lot of time reading to keep up on eSports news, new media news, and tech news and I spend a lot of time reading about how people run businesses. So does the rest of my crew.

It’s important to me that you not accept the information I give you in these blogs blindly. Please keep in mind that I am a newly minted entrepreneur and I am working in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Hopefully, you will learn from my mistakes as well as my successes.

So lesson #1: Think for yourself!
Question everything! Come to your own conclusions!

eSports is an interesting hybrid of a number of established industries: high tech, gaming, entertainment, event management, sports. Ideally, you want to immerse yourself in all these worlds and understand how they each make money.

Below is an abridged list of what we at Day[9]TV have found particularly insightful and useful in figuring out the eSports marketplace. A lot of these are blogs we have loaded up in an RSS reader like Google Reader.


(In the spirit of transparency, please note the Amazon Affiliate links below generate commissions that help support Day[9]TV)

Entrepreneurialism and Business

ReWork – by Jason Fried of 37 signals – the best advice I’ve seen on how to start up a business

Getting Real by 37 signals – the best advice I’ve seen on how to launch an eCommerce business

37Signals blog: Signal vs. Noise– popular weblog by 37signals about design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more. – Over 700 video interviews with top entrepreneurs who explain how they got their businesses up and running and what they learned from the experience. Interviews also available as written transcripts and downloadable audio podcasts. There is always something here that makes a light bulb go off in my head.

Kevin Rose’s Foundation – interviews with start-up founders. – some of the freshest, most relevant advice out there right now on how to do a start-up in the technology sector. You should also subscribe to their weekly newsletter, which is absolutely addicting even if it is not necessarily strictly entrepreneurship focused.

TechCrunch – snack sized digests on the latest in technology and tech start-ups

The New York Times, including the blog You’re the Boss – lots of practical advice in the latter.

The Four Hour Workweek and Tim Ferriss’ blog – excellent and novel advice on start-ups, response testing, etc.

I Will Teach You to be Rich and Ramit Sethi’s blog – sensible, take no prisoners advice on how to make and manage money, including advice on how to start side businesses, negotiate, fix prices, work with clients. Includes practical scripts and techniques.

Inc. Magazine – excellent business magazine with real world stories on how people made their businesses work

Fast Company – Like Inc., another highly readable business magazine

The StarFish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom – the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell - an entertaining study on how things go viral


Digital Media and Internet Television – updates on the world of new media – solid advice on how to shoot videos and optimize websites publishing video

All Things D – Web site published by Dow Jones (Wall Street Journal) with news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media.

eSports and Sports

Korea’s Online Gaming Empire by Dal Yong Jin – academic look at the  rise of eSports in Korea.

Amped: How Big Air, Big Dollars, and a New Generation Took Sports to the Extreme by David Browne – interesting look at how extreme sports went from a grassroots subculture to a major industry. Some insights there for those of us promoting eSports.


43 Folders – Time, Attention and Creative Work – no longer active, but nevertheless a huge repository of information about how to be more productive

Feel free to add more reading material in the comments below.