Is Professional Gaming a Future?

Is Professional Gaming a Future?

Ryan Day

Gaming for money has grown quite popular in the world, especially in places like North Korea and China.  Esports professional gaming is so popular that in Korea it is considered a career and has classes and academies to play competitive games.  At the rate of Esports’ current development in terms of fans and competition, the real question is will Esports actually be a future for players?

            Many teams such as Solo Mid, Navi, and Online Kingdom say that professional gaming is difficult.  Most pro gamers spend 1000 hours on a game while other professional gamers focus on being skilled at multiple games. Gamers such as Clinton from Online Kingdom have been from their parents’ house because of the hours spent playing video games as a result, Clinton was forced to work with a fourteen year old computer.  Other famous gamers moved in with teammates or had problems with their grades in school.  The chances of also being good enough to get discovered are estimated to be less than 2.5 percent according to the documentary “Free To Play.”

            Professional gamers are making money from placing high in competitions and sponsoring products during games.  In five versus five teams, the average teams are paid more than $470,000 annually.  The payouts range from $700 to the highest payout in Esports history during the “Dota 2 Internationals” where first place got $1.6 million.  The gamer’s bills include gear, travel, and maintenance even when most competitions give no money to 6th place or lower.  Starting a career requires a lot of skill to find a sponsor and organizer for tournaments.  Many fans have also started watching streams of the tournaments which adds more to the income of a professional gamer’s income.  Famous gamer Danil “Dendi” Ishutin is one of the top payed gamers due to his success in “Dota 2,” “Counterstrike,” and other games.

            Wellington High School freshman Renee Mora is trying to break into the world of professional gaming. 

“I have seen some professional games and I am going to have a lot on my plate to deal with, but with the team that we are making we can take them on,” said Renee.

To become a professional gamer a player must devote themselves to the game.

Mora also said “My time on “Dota 2” is around 800 hours, but the entire team has around 3000 to 4000 hours.”

Although the road to join the ranks of professional gamers is hard, the rewards make it worth while in the end.