Gaming is a hobby enjoyed by over 2.4 billion people across the globe.
But for some, gaming is more than a hobby. It’s a great way to make money!
Curious to find out what a professional gamer salary looks like? Then keep reading as we break down how much your favorite stars earn.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins: $16.1 Million
Love him or hate him, it’s impossible to ignore Ninja’s popularity. The former Twitch-streamer turned Mixer star has amassed an audience of millions and has a bank account to match it.
Earlier this year, Blevins stuck a $1 million deal with EA Games to push Apex Legends. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Blevins brings in an estimated $500,000 per month from streaming alone, earning millions more through endorsement deals and merchandising.
Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg: $15 Million
Not far behind Ninja is PewDiePie, one of the original YouTube game streamers, starting his pro gaming career around 2012. PewDiePie’s videos reach a massive audience, with his current subscriber base totaling just over 102 million.
Like Ninja, most of PewDiePie’s income comes from endorsement deals.
However, publicity stunts like the “Subscribe to PewDiePie” campaign helped the 30-year-old gaming icon generate a wider audience this year.
Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka $3.16 Million
While the streamers are raking in serious cash, eSports players aren’t too far behind. Take DOTA 2 pro JerAx, for instance, who has earned his annual salary of $3 million from competing in some of gaming’s biggest tournaments along with his OG teammates.
But that’s just the start of it. Over his career, JerAx has earned almost $6.5 million off of his DOTA 2 skills.
Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein: $3.15 Million
Technically speaking, N0tail has one of the largest earning rates of all time. Throughout his gaming career, N0tail has earned nearly $7 million.
And while he isn’t earning as much as he used to, he’s still making a killing in DOTA 2 competitions.
Currently, N0tail serves as the team captain of OG, along with fellow teammate and top-earner JerAx.
Lee ‘Faker’ Sang Hyeok: $897 Thousand
Faker is an absolute legend in the world of gaming. The 23-year-old has already won almost half a dozen worldwide competitions playing League of Legends.
In his off time, Faker makes a living off of endorsements and streaming. His popular Twitch channel has accumulated almost 69 million views.
So why the huge disparity between Faker and everyone else on this list? Remember, this only takes into account annual earnings. And while League of Legends is a massive game, DOTA 2’s tournament sponsorships and YouTube’s video monetization likely bring higher earning potential.
And let’s face it, $897 per year is a pretty sweet salary.
Want to Earn a Professional Gamer Salary?
While not everyone gets to play on a major stage like JerAx or Faker and make a professional gamer salary, you can still make a decent living off of gaming. And best of all, all you have to do is save!