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XP LeagueYouth esports leagues
- 2023 Franchise 500 Rank
N/R Not ranked last year
- Initial investment
$58K - $224K
- Units as of 2022
XP League Franchise
Ever wanted to jump into a franchise where you could play to work? Opening your own XP League franchise could help you do that.
XP League is an eSports league coaching and planning franchise business that follows a similar structure and values to traditional youth sports.
As a franchise owner, you’ll be a coach or team leader for an eSports league and teach kids how to become better gamers.
In essence, each franchisee works as a league commissioner, taking the out-of-the-box league materials and marketing provided by XP League to jumpstart their own youth eSports leagues.
If you’ve ever wanted to take your videogame skills and translate them into coaching experience, now’s the chance.
But how do you start, and what are the benefits of working with XP League for this specific franchise opportunity? Read on for the answers to these questions and more.
Reasons to start an XP League franchise
XP League was started in 2020 by Jay Melamed, CEO and Brand President, to provide young video game enthusiasts with a competitive and developmental outlet for their problem-solving skills and strategic thinking that functions similarly to traditional sports. Youth eSports franchises, just like traditional sports teams, can also teach kids valuable social skills.
In North America and worldwide, eSports has become a veritable industry, with professional teams, competitions, and live events. XP League is part of the eSports wave and has enabled a wave of competitive youth eSports teams.
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Partnering with the XP League means you’ll own your own franchise and work as a coach. You’ll get access to a comprehensive team development kit so you can build up your eSports youth league in a matter of weeks.
There are lots of benefits of XP League franchise ownership, including:
- You get access to all the team's official branded gear your youth league may need. On top of that, XP League can help you develop a team name and aesthetic that sets you apart from the competition in your local area.
- You can take advantage of exclusive partnerships with eSports brands for shirts and gaming gear. You’ll also get partnerships with top coaching firms for assistance in securing good youth gaming coaches (that way, if coaching isn’t your heart’s desire, you can offload the responsibilities to someone else).
- Access to plenty of tournament management and national gameplay opportunities allows your team to make it big if they have talent where it counts.
- Access to potential regional events and North American finals for your chosen competitive games.
- Comprehensive support from XP League for marketing and coaching, especially if you plan to coach yourself and need help developing the skills necessary to succeed.
- XP League provides plans for launching, marketing and operations across the board.
- Access to a league commissioner network to connect with the top leaders in the eSports gaming space.
Compared to classic youth sports organizations or athletics, competitive eSports organizations offer lots of the same advantages to their youth participants. Above all else, XP League allows you to run a business teaching kids how to play games competitively. What’s not to like?
In a broad sense, starting an XP League franchise could be a wise idea because the eSports market is already quite large and may only grow in the future. That means you have the potential to grow your business based on parents who want their kids to develop their gaming skills to mean something, not just spend mindless time staring at a screen.
Imagine starting a gaming league in an area that doesn’t have one. With such a league, you could make a difference to tons of kids with less interest in traditional sports who would otherwise have less opportunity to develop essential teamwork skills. Across the country, the market for gaming leagues already exists. All you have to do is provide the product.
In addition, eSports league creation and coaching have minimal overhead cost, which means you have the potential to rapidly grow the business and enjoy the profit margins.
That all comes with added flexibility from XP League. All XP League franchisees have the freedom to choose their league sizes, locations and working hours.
You don’t need a retail office — just enough space to coach your kids or host your gaming league if you hire additional coaches. The sky’s the limit.
Lastly, you may wish to start an XP League franchise purely to do something good for your community. Starting an eSports team in your area will give kids a chance to learn skills and things like good sportsmanship, which are always valuable for youth.
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XP League franchise reviews
So far, franchisees with XP League are very pleased. For example, J.D. Uhler in Madison, Wisconsin, states, "This is such a professional level product. I am always proud to show it off with parents and community organizations. They instantly want to sign up their child or get involved!”
Other franchisees have similar experiences. With XP League, you can do something good for the community by giving local kids a positive outlet and allowing them to experience teamwork, friendship and good sportsmanship.
A gaming league teaches kids who are already enthused with games many of the same positive life lessons they would glean from a physical sports field.
XP League franchise cost
One of the biggest benefits of starting an XP League franchise is that it doesn’t require as much money as other franchise opportunities.
You’ll first need to pay an initial franchise fee of $35,000. You can take 10% of this off if you are a veteran. Next, you’ll need to make an initial investment of between $58,000 and $225,000, depending on the total range of gear you wish to purchase.
Your net worth must be between $250,000 and $750,000, with a liquid cash requirement of $75,000-$200,000.
All told, you’ll need to pay an 8% royalty fee and a 5% ad royalty fee over time. Franchisee agreements last for five years then they can be renewed.
Does XP League offer financing support?
Yes. XP League offers financing support for the initial franchise fees. That way, if you don’t quite have enough cash to pay the initial fee, you can get a loan to pay it down and pay XP League back over time.
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XP League training and onboarding
XP League provides basic marketing and business training as soon as you sign up as a franchisee. Additional training is possible if you plan to coach your team members yourself.
You can alternatively send coaching employees to XP League’s corporate headquarters to receive the training they need.
After starting your gaming league, ongoing support through the mobile app is also available. This is especially useful when you purchase discounted gaming gear for your team members, such as mice, keyboards and gaming PCs.
How to open an XP League franchise
Opening an XP League franchise is relatively straightforward: contact the brand and explain your goals, and they’ll work with you to send you the coaching and franchising box kit you need to get started.
It all begins with choosing your team name, colors and ancillary materials. Once you've decided on these initial things, you can start marketing your XP League gaming team. That way, you can attract parents and kids from around the area to get team members to fill out your roster.
Should you decide to coach, you’ll be able to take advantage of training resources. You can alternatively hire a coach (or several) depending on how many team members you want to field.
Opening an XP League franchise does not require finding and leasing a retail location. You can host team members and meetings wherever you like.
XP League can assist with your new eSports league's pricing and marketing aspects. This way, you can make sure that you price your league competitively and have the resources necessary to ensure your team members can compete when you enter them into different competitions.
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Get started with an XP League franchise today
With XP League, you can franchise as an eSports coach and spend time playing games and teaching kids to be better professional gamers.
Consider becoming a franchisee with XP League today.
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About XP League
- Children's Businesses
- Related Categories
- Children's Enrichment Programs: Miscellaneous, Children's Education/Enrichment
- Parent Company
- Unleashed Brands LLC
- Jay Melamed, Brand President & CEO
- Corporate Address
2350 Airport Fwy., #505
Bedford, TX 76022
More from XP League
XP League is an esports league modeled after classic youth sports organizations. The programs incorporate themes of sportsmanship, teamwork and positive behavior centered around age- appropriate video game competitions for students. The brand was founded in September 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina by entrepreneur and father of four, Jay Melamed and was named to Entrepreneur magazine's 2022 list of fastest-growing franchise brands. XP League has a custom- tailored coach and player training where anyone can become a successful coach or competitive player.
BENEFITS OF XP LEAGUE FRANCHISE OWNERSHIP
INFLUENCE THE NEXT GENERATION
You're passionate about gaming, having fun, and making a positive impact. We enable you to deliver an experience that kids and parents love.
MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR MARKET
Esports is growing incredibly fast and now rivals traditional sports. We provide a unique opportunity to own your piece of the esports juggernaut.
LOW COST OF OWNERSHIP
Our minimal overhead model puts franchise ownership in reach. With different types of centers, you can find the right fit for you.
COMPLETE LEAGUE IN A BOX
As a franchisee, you get a League in a Box with everything you need to succeed, including plans, partnerships, and up to twenty teams.
XP League franchisees have the freedom to choose their hours, location, and league size, so you can scale up at your own pace.
As entrepreneurs and franchisees ourselves, we provide comprehensive guidance and support to help you thrive.
MORE THAN PLAYING VIDEO GAMES
Youth esports at XP League instills children with lifelong values and skills.
- STRATEGIC THINKING
- SOCIAL SKILLS
- IMPROVED FOCUS
- QUICKER BRAIN FUNCTION
- MULTI-TASKING SKILLS
- FOSTERS STEM LEARNING
A COMPLETE LEAGUE IN A BOX
We thought of everything, so you don't have to. Franchise owners receive a comprehensive kit containing everything they need to succeed.
- Access to stunning team logos and official branded gear.
- Exclusive partnerships with top coaching and esports brands.
- Tournament management and national game play.
- Regional events and North American Finals.
- Unparalleled coaching and marketing support.
- Proven plans for launching, marketing, and operations.
- A League Commissioner network of the brightest and most dedicated leaders in the space.
- Franchising Since
- 2020 (3 years)
- # of employees at HQ
- Where seeking
This company is offering new franchisees throughout the US.
This company is offering new franchisees in the following international regions: Canada
- # of Units
- 29 (as of 2022)
Information for Franchisees
Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a XP League franchise.
Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees
Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.
- Initial Franchise Fee
Definition: The initial fee paid to a franchisor to join their system
What you need to know: Found in Item 5 of the FDD, this may be a flat fee, or may vary based on territory size, experience, or other factors.The franchise fee is an up-front (one-time) cost that a new franchisee pays to the franchisor. This fee is usually due at the signing of the franchise agreement and covers the right to use the franchisor's trademarks, name, and related business systems.
- Initial Investment
- $58,200 - $224,160
Definition: The total amount necessary to begin operation of the franchise
What you need to know: The initial investment includes the franchise fee, along with other startup expenses such as real estate, equipment, supplies, business licenses, and working capital. This is outlined in a chart in Item 7 of the FDD, showing a range of possible costs from low to high.
- Net Worth Requirement
- $250,000 - $750,000
Definition: The minimum net worth you must have in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company
What you need to know: Net worth is the value of a person's assets minus liabilities. Assets include cash, stocks, retirement accounts, and real estate. Liabilities include items like mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt.
- Cash Requirement
- $75,000 - $200,000
Definition: The minimum liquid capital you must have available in order to qualify to become a franchisee of this company.
- Veteran Incentives
- 10% off franchise fee and development fee
Definition: A discount or other incentive offered to military veterans who buy a franchise with this company.
- Royalty Fee
Definition: A ongoing fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis.
What you need to know: Most franchisors require franchisees to pay an ongoing royalty fee, which is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD. This fee is typically a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales, but may also be a flat weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Ad Royalty Fee
Definition: An going fee paid to the franchisor on a regular basis to support advertising or marketing efforts.
What you need to know: This may also be called advertising fee, marketing fee, brand fund fee, and more, but the basic purpose is the same-- to support promotion of the brand systemwide. As with the royalty fee, it is detailed in Item 6 of the FDD, and can be a percentage of weekly or monthly gross sales or a weekly, monthly, or annual fee.
- Term of Agreement
- 5 years
Definition: The length of time your franchise agreement will last.
What you need to know: Franchise terms are typically anywhere from 5 to 20 years in length, but are sometimes instead dependent on factors such as the term of your lease. Once your term is up, you may have the option to renew your agreement, typically for a smaller fee than the original franchise fee.
- Is franchise term renewable?
Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.
- Third Party Financing
- XP League has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll
Training & Support Offered
Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.
- Classroom Training
- 44 hours
- Ongoing Support
Purchasing Co-opsNewsletterMeetings & ConventionsGrand OpeningSecurity & Safety ProceduresField OperationsSite SelectionProprietary SoftwareFranchisee Intranet Platform
- Marketing Support
Co-op AdvertisingAd TemplatesNational MediaRegional AdvertisingSocial MediaSEOWebsite DevelopmentEmail MarketingLoyalty Program/App
Additional details about running this franchise.
- Is absentee ownership allowed?
Definition: Absentee ownership means that the franchisee does not actively work in the franchise business or manage day-to-day operations.
- Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
Definition: The business can be run from your home and/or a vehicle, and it is not necessary to have a retail facility, office space, or warehouse.
- Can this franchise be run part time?
Definition: This business can be run by the owner on a part-time basis (less than 40 hours per week) and/or as a side business; it is not necessary for the business to be open/run full-time.
- # of employees required to run
- Are exclusive territories available?
Definition: An exclusive territory is a fixed area in which you are given the right to operate and in which no other units of the same franchise may be opened.
What you need to know: Territory size may be based on factors such as radius, population size, zip codes, and more. Details can be found in Item 12 of the FDD.
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