Esports salaries are one of those topics that are still kept in secret. The League of Legends developer company has tried to make a closed system, which does not show any amount of remuneration of the coaching staff or players. Despite the info is hidden, we have found several curious facts about the topic.
Following the Insiders
In 2016, the info about earnings of the Chinese Ming “Clearlove” Kai from Edward Gaming leaked to the Internet. His annual income reached $1 million. An insider with the nickname Wh1t3zZ wrote the same about Koreans in 2014. Pawn or Deft player of the same team earned $ 1.2 million, while his coach received $500 thousand.
Is it real?
All this sounds unusual and at the same time does not seem to be a big fiction. Clubs always appreciate titled, successful and promoted players. Cyber sportsmen themselves do not hide the fact that they are moving to America or China to work.
The co-owner of the Phoenix1 club, Michael Moore, said that his new organization was planning a loss of $500,000 per season. Some consider the information confidential, others – that the market is not yet ready. Anyway, big organizations spend much more in three months, depending on the size of their salaries.
Let’s calculate the income
Because of the closeness of the system, there is nothing left for the press, except to calculate the won money in tournaments. Until 2016, professional players received $100 thousand for a season in the European league (LCS), $260 thousand in the Korean (LCK) and $540 thousand in the Chinese (LPL). The revenue of the World Cup did not change over the last four years – $2 million.
In 2017, Riot Games continued to improve financial conditions for players. For example, in Europe and America for the season the total revenue increased to $ 200 thousand. If before the players were afraid to start a career in eSports, now the reasons are more understandable.
Who is the richest?
According to the portal Esportsearnings, in the list of the richest in terms of winning prizes dominate the citizens of Korea and China. The current head of eSports Paris Saint-Germain (from 2010 to 2016, he acted as a professional player) takes only the 32nd place earning $167 thousand.
The six most wealthy are the former or current players of SK Telecom T1 (three-time world champions in the last four years).
- Kang “Blank” Sung Gu – $419,260;
- Lee “Duke” Ho Seng – $450,210;
- Be “Bang” Yun Sik – $631 239;
- Lee “Wolf” Same Van – $635,741;
- Bae Bengi Son Yun – $810,683;
- Lee “Faker” San Hyuk – $897,818.
Despite the fact that the League of Legends cannot yet offer a big salary, the players understand what they have to count on in this industry. Maybe it is time to try out?