Horizons Look Good for Gaming as a Career
If you make fifty thousand dollars a year by the time you’re nineteen, you’re a rock star, regardless of what you do. But being able to make that kind of money playing video games is now not only feasible, but looking more promising every year.
The money to be made is growing in tournaments hosted by the World Cyber League, World Series of Gaming Championships and other rising names in the world of competitive gaming. Some purses are reaching totals of $150,000 per tournament, even.
“Not all teams are finishing with huge prize purses, but every year they get bigger, every year the endorsement deals stack up and we get more people who are interested in these guys as brands and personalities,” Sundance DiGiovanni, co-founder of Major League Gaming, told the London Free Press in a recent article.
Hard core gamers are going out and giving it their best shot, but just because a guy or girl plays video games all day every day doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to win.
“What I’ve discovered over the years is that those guys who win are the guys who are the best at school, the best at pretty much everything. They live a balanced life,” Stephan Richard, president of World Cyber Games Canda, said in the article.
In past interviews with Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, the most renowned Quake III Arena player who has earned an estimated $500,000 from gaming, has said he jogs four miles per day to keep himself sharp. He managed to grab some promotional deals which, according to the article, are what the sports industry of gaming is shaping up to be.