A good percentage of people have come across video games, if you did not own one there was always that cool kid in your hood that had one. Owning a video game was like having a bike, or a ball, it was an expensive toy but just a toy. But today it is a money making machine and anyone who can play can also do it professionally; that means make money just from playing a game.
Tell us; what game are you good at, do you think you are a pro?
COMPETITIVE GAMING IN AFRICA
Organized, competitive computer gaming, known as eSports, is emerging as a major spectator sport globally, and can be staged in front of millions of online viewers. In 2016, eSports generated £400 million in global revenue, with a global audience of approximately 320 million people. By 2020, those figures are expected to almost double to £1 billion in revenues and a global audience of 600 million, according to analyst firm Newzoo.
KENYA’S FIRST PRO GAMER TO BE SIGNED BY A MAJOR ESPORTS TEAM.
Sylvia Gathoni Wahome is not your regular law student, she has made history by becoming the first Kenyan pro gamer to be signed to a reputable eSports club.
Known in gaming circles as Queenarrow or malikasiheme98 on PSN, Wahome was recruited by US-based outfit XiT Woundz.
TOP 10 GAMING COUNTRIES.
This are the top ten countries that are making a killing out video games:
- China and Asia at a whopping 1,415,000
- United States of America
- Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom
SO HOW E-SPORTS DO TEAMS MAKE MONEY?
- Prizes – In the US, some top prizes can reach $ 100,000 to $ 200,000 for a single victory. Some tournaments offer prize pools that can reach millions of dollars, but this amount is typically divided among the 5 or 6 members of a winning team. For example, in 2017 Dote 2 International hosted a $ 24,787,916 million prize pool, with $10,862,683 for the first place won by team Liquid. With that in mind, a pro gamer has to take a first place in at least one major tournament.
- Regular salaries – Regular esports salaries vary from team to team and from player to player. The regular monthly salaries of average pro gamers can range from $1,000 to $5,000, whereas the highest paid League of Legends players can earn up to $15,000 per month apart from the money that they get from prizes. In December 2015 Ember, the North American League of Legends team, was the first organization that publicly disclosed the player salaries. These salaries are based on factors such as skills, reputation and social following. The professional gamer salary for Ember players ranges from $65,000 to $75,000, with extra bonuses that can reach up to $27,000. Ember has its players on payroll as employees rather than contractors and even offers health insurance. Charges: