The game-changer of the gaming industry 

The millennial and Gen-Z generations have grown up with video games, and anyone who has played video games would recognize names like Fortnite, Counter-Strike, League of Legends or Call of Duty.  

For those who don’t know what esports is, it is competitive video gaming where the gamers play against each other from the comfort of their homes or in large tournaments, which are broadcast on TV or online. The professional gamers can be part of esports teams, which have a similar function to traditional sports teams and each player and team can be managed by an esports company. The esports industry has grown massively in the past 10 years with a year-on-year growth of 14.5%. Today, the industry’s market value is at over 1 billion US dollars globally.

Astralis Group is one of the leading eSports brands in the world, and we met with the company to talk about the growth journey they have been on from being a Danish start-up company to a larger company with over 100 employees.

With Planday 90% of the work is done on the mobile phone 

Astralis might not seem like the typical Planday customer at first sight but according to the Senior Store Manager of Astralis Nexus Game Hub, Martin Andersen, the system eases many pain points in the company’s day-to-day operations. 

Martin says that the gaming hub is run in shifts and is open all year round, every day of the week. Distributing shifts and managing a schedule with constant changes to it would be time consuming for Martin without Planday. Throughout his career, Martin has tried out different scheduling tools, but for him, Planday has been the best one.  

As a Planday admin, Martin appreciates the fact, that most of the work can be done from his phone, compared to other scheduling tools where he would need to log on to a computer. For him it feels as if he is not really using any time on Planday and he can focus on the more important tasks at hand. 

Another clear advantage of using Planday, has been the ease of communication through in-app messaging. Alexander Schifter Schou, the Assistant Manager at the Astralis Nexus Game Hub, says that having access to the Planday mobile app, makes it easy for all members of the team to communicate with each other about changes to shifts and see any available shifts they can take. 

Two systems that make your day work  

From a payroll perspective, using Planday together with the payroll system Zenegy has enabled the CFO Jakob Hansen to free up time for other tasks. According to him, running 7 companies in an efficient and successful manner is only possible when you have systems that interact seamlessly, and which automate some of the administrative work. Working in both Planday and Zenegy will also make it easy for Astralis to add new gaming cafés and companies to the group in the future.

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