Top esports players earn more than pro golfers, finds report

January 25 – The rise and rise of esports has been accompanied by a ballooning in esports player salaries. With football clubs increasingly looking to associate with competitive gamers the cost of entry is going up’

A piece of research by JD Sports, who sponsor a number of players and teams, found:

  • The most successful eSports players currently earn more than professional golfers, badminton players, cyclists, marathon runners and even UFC stars.
  • Since 1998 eSports tournament prize money has increased by a whopping $151,097,817!
  • If the eSports industry experiences a similar growth rate of 2017-2018 – (a 31% increase;) we can expect total yearly player earnings to surpass $195,000,000 in 2019.
  • The highest earning eSports player of all time ‘KuroKy’ real name Kuro Takhasomi has earned over $4,000,000 in prize money.
  • In total since 1998, over $535,350,000 has been paid in eSports prizes amongst 54,650 players, in over 26,400 tournaments.

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