What is an Esports Free Agent

In esports, free agents play a fairly big role in live esports tournaments and for grassroot teams. But what are free agents?

Free agents are players that aren’t affiliated with any specific team, rather they are actively looking to be picked up by any team to join as a player in. Free agents tend to be relevant in all competitive scenes for sports and esports. In esports, free agents are typical for large grassroots online tournaments and sometimes at convention-based tournaments.

In this article, I will go more in-depth on what a free agent is, how to become one if you are looking for a team, how to find one if your team needs more players and how free agents may differ across games.

What is a Free Agent

A free agent is a player for a game that isn’t on an esports team but wants to be on one. A free agent usually is actively looking to join a team and would be ready to jump on one at moment’s notice.

The main difference between a free agent and a regular player that isn’t on a team is that a free agent wants to get on a team while the regular player just doesn’t want to or doesn’t care.

Free agents are used commonly in grassroots large tournament settings. Some tournaments have a discord channel for free agents to promote themselves in hopes of being picked up by a team to participate in said tournament.

Free agents can be of any skill level and they are usually very open to joining any team upon request. Most free agents aren’t spoiled for choice beyond the tier 1 players.

How to Become a Free Agent

If you are a regular esports player and you want to become a free agent, the process isn’t very black and white. To become a free agent, it depends exactly on what context you are looking at.

For example, if you are signing up for a tournament or league but you don’t have a team to contend with, you can become a free agent in the context of that tournament. In that case, you can potentially ask the tournament organizers to promote you as a free agent or you can use the infrastructure they already have in place for free agents.

This could be something as simple as a channel on Discord, a section on their website or built into the game client.

If you are wanting to become a free agent for general large esports teams, you’ll have to do a bit more work there as there isn’t a standardized way to consider yourself a free agent. Some good things you can do is email prospective esports teams you are looking to join, include on your social media that you are looking for an esports team (both on posts and on your bio) and you can mention it to your friends who are already on esports teams.

It’s difficult to constitute yourself as a free agent outside of the tournament setting, but taking the actions listed above should help notify teams that you want to be picked up, and it’ll be left to them to decide if you are worth adding to their roster.

How to Find a Free Agent

If you are a team looking for a free agent, it’ll also depend on the context. Whatever the context is from what I mentioned above, you’d want to do the reverse. Let me explain.

For example, let’s say you are an informal team looking for another player in another tournament. First, obviously you can ask around and see if any of your friends would be interested. If not, you’d want to look at the free-agent boards for the tournament. It may be on Discord, their website or built into the game itself. If nothing is there, you can actively promote that you are looking for players on the tournament Discord, social media (if you have one) and the game client itself.

It’s also worth asking the tournament organizers as they may have been contacted by another free agent looking for a team.

If you are a professional esports team looking for players to add to your roster to compete in higher tier tournaments for you, you’d want to do what is known as scouting. Essentially, you’d want to look at other grassroots tournaments and look for good players that aren’t affiliated with a team. This will spoil you for choice and let you pick the best player instead of just randomly picking the first person that asks to join your team.

Free Agents in Different Games

Free agents are fairly similar across games, but since some of you may want some more insights for specific games, I decided to include a bit more of a breakdown on the topic of games with free agents to assist you.

Free Agents in League of Legends

What are free agents in League of Legends? Free agents are League of Legends players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a Clash team or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Free agents in League of Legends are very popular due to the Clash format. Riot Games has actually included a built-in client to help Clash teams find free agents and for free agents to find teams.

You can also go to a lot of the popular League of Legends Discord servers to find free agents asking around to join teams.

Free Agents in PUBG Mobile

What are free agents in PUBG Mobile? Free agents are PUBG Mobile players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a team to participate in a tournament with or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Free agents in PUBG Mobile are very very popular since there are so many players looking to go professional. Look on Discord servers and WhatsApp groups to find possible free agents.

Free Agents in Fortnite

What are free agents in Fortnite? Free agents are Fortnite players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a team to participate in a tournament with or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Free agents in Fortnite aren’t massive, but people are always looking for some fun with friends. Discord is your best bet.

Free Agents in Wild Rift

What are free agents in Wild Rift? Free agents are Wild Rift players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a team to participate in a tournament with or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Wild Rift is too new for us to say anything on the game for free agents. I’d assume Discord communities would be a good start, but I’m not too sure at this stage of the game.

Free Agents in Overwatch

What are free agents in Overwatch? Free agents are Overwatch players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a team to participate in a tournament with or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Overwatch has fewer and fewer free agents coming out as contenders start to fall out and the path to pro has become blockade. Discord and Reddit are your best bets. Not to mention just connecting on the game client.

Free Agents in Valorant

What are free agents in Valorant? Free agents are Valorant players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a team to participate in a tournament with or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Valorant is a newer game, but connecting on Discord is your best bet.

Free Agent in Rocket League

What are free agents in Rocket League? Free agents are Rocket League players that aren’t affiliated with a team but are actively looking to join one. These players may be looking for a team to participate in a tournament with or they want to be apart of a professionalized established esports team.

Same for Rocket League like the rest, free agents are there and Discord has a lot of them just lying around.