The esports industry continues to grow more and more every year.
With the growth of the industry comes more players competing and contributing to its success.
These esports players make money in a variety of different ways and need to in order to make a career out of playing video games.
The highest paid esports players do everything they can to earn a buck.
Ways Esports Players Make Money
The most common ways these players make money include prize money from esports tournaments, everything that involves streaming and sponsorships.
However, prize money is not always easy to come by and is not guaranteed since you need to win to get the money.
While the best of the best do win from time to time, it is incredibly hard to win enough consistently to make a living.
That is why esports players also stream.
Through streaming platforms like Twitch, players can make money in a couple of different ways.
Fans of certain streams will donate money to their favorite esports players.
Paid subscriptions are also a great way for streamers to make money, which gives fans certain luxuries that people that watch for free do not have.
Sponsorships are huge for streamers as well, as they have companies pay them to use their products or run ads for their products over the player’s stream.
Typically, the streamer will also be provided a discount code that they will share with their viewers and when people use the code, the streamer will receive a percentage of the purchase amount.
How Much Does an Average Pro Player Make?
It sounds weird to say “average pro player” together, but it makes as much sense as the average pro NFL player compared to an elite NFL player.
The pay wage ranges depending on talent and popularity.
That being said, the average pro player still sees a decent amount of money roll into their account.
If they are on a team, the average team salary is about four thousand dollars a month, equating to a $48,000 salary.
Then, the median player earnings from tournament prize money is roughly $8,300. On top of that, they would also receive about $1,500 each month from just streaming.
A few esports streamers actually reel in about $5,000 per month, but those are top tier, most popular esports players.
With all of those sources of income combined, the average pro player takes in around $74,000 a year.
Not bad for doing the bare minimum in terms of being a pro esports player.
Some streamers gain popularity on YouTube or TikTok before eventually getting those fans to follow their career on Twitch or another streaming service.
Some of these esports athletes have such a large following on social media that they actually start another source of income through the different applications.