Who doesn’t loves playing games? Most of us have spent hours playing games during our childhood holidays. The amazing thing about games is that it takes us to a virtual world in which we enjoy a lot. Gaming industry is expanding with each passing day and it has opened gates for some new careers. In this article we will share how much money professional gamers make and how one can persue this career.
There are many ways of earning money from gaming. Multi player tournaments, twitch subsciptions and advertisement money from youtube live, sponsored contracts are some most common methods of making money by playing games. Popular games like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike are best for earning money as a big number of audience loves these games and advertisers get benefit with large audience but competition in popular games is very high. Internationally, over 50 percent of money earned by gamers comes from Youtube, 15 percent is from sponserships and 15 percent from Twitch subscriptions the remaining part of the earnings comes from salaries.
There are not much professional gamers right now but the interest of people is increasing due to the amount of money involved. The maximum prize money for winning a gaming tournament till date is of DOTA 2 which is $21 million dollars Rs 140 crores which is way more than 2015 cricket world cup $10.5 million dollars.
For e-sports, it’s been a long journey for Indian participants but it has slowly gaining popularity as many game lovers are turning this hobby into a full-time job. If we talk about the salary of Indian gamers in 2012-13 India Games and Cooler Master were the first to actually initiate salaries and it was around Rs 7,500 to 10,000 but now the situation is changing as companies are not only invest money, but also create brands out of players.
The salary count for a full time gamer is now over Rs 25000-30,000 per month, with additional benefits such as food, rent and electricity. Winning tournaments is very important for these gamers as many companies only pay if they win and if the tournament organiser pays them something in the start, players take it as a bonus. Like in other sports, there are international leagues in which teams are funded by investors and players are sold through auctions.
The salaries haven’t increased much in past 1-2 years but a lot of other benefits such as a gaming house, an in-house cook, high-end computers,have been added so one can say that indirectly the salaries have increased in a way. According to industry sources, due to the entry of big players such as Ronnie Screwvala’s USports and Nazara Games, salaries will increase to as much as Rs 40,000.
Enough motivation for turning your love of gaming into profesion? If you have any questions about this you can ask us in the comments section.