How much are esport teams paid vs traditional sports

  (photo credit: UNSPLASH)
(photo credit: UNSPLASH)

It is important to know that esports and traditional sports differ a lot. For example, the cost of organising an esports event is substantially lower than a full-fledged sporting tournament. Also, there is a lot of money available in the esport industry, which makes over 2 billion a year. However, traditional sports have a worth of 620 billion, with athletes getting paid out so little, how is this possible?

Well, a lot has to do with corruption. Corruption is very common in sports, with soccer leading the way. Also, gambling payout rates or sports betting payouts do play some role. So in contrast, the esports scene is very transparent since it's quite new and the people from current and past generations demand a more transparent and “open source” approach to things. 

In this article, you will see how much teams earn on average. As this article can only list so much, you can find more information and esports news at Fragster, which is one of the leading esports magazines on the net. 

League of Legends tournaments 

League of Legends is comfortably the leading esports game on the internet, recently surpassing its inferior competitor Dota 2. It stomped the player base of Dota 2, (a mere 43 million). League of Legends is about to surpass the 80 million mark, whereas Dota is seeing a slowing growth with even times of losing players. 

A League of Legends team plays in a team of 5, often on top of that, there is a coach and a backup player. However, there is not much known about how the profits get split up among the players, but League of Legends pays out around $6,450,000.00 to the teams that win. 

We talked about the Dota 2 scene and the player base dying slowly. Well, in comparison the Dota 2 esports, even with being much smaller, pays out a whopping 40 million USD. 

However, do note that League of Legends boasts more players than Dota 2, making the esports costs of organising way higher. 

Player Unknown BattleGrounds, (PUBG)

PUBG is a video game that is a successor to H1Z1, which are games that fall into the category “victory royal/king of the hill games”. Meaning the last to survive wins the game. 

The playerbase of this game like Dota 2 is shrinking. PUBG's peak saw players reach as high as 3,236,027. However, by June 2020 the highest point for the player count had dipped down to 230,329. This was a pretty big drop and one that can probably be accounted for by the rise in popularity from similar games.

However, the highest amount of money that PUBG paid out to their esports teams is a staggering $7,068,071.00, outpaying games like League of Legends. The game has a mobile version where they also host esports, which pays out an additional $1,413,141.00. 

Counter Strike: Global Offensive 

Even with a dip in players the CS:GO scene is still going hard. People seem to like the simplicity of the game. CounterStrike: Global Offensive is a full shooting game, with the main purpose of difusing bombs that the enemy team plants and killing out the enemy team’s players. 

The esport scene is very influential in the games and vice versa. Everything that happens in the esport scene will have an impact on the games. For example, in a game, you can buy cosmetics for your weapons with stickers or skins of your favourite esports team. The market also really revolves around skins since they are limit-minted, meaning, no more than a set amount enters circulation. 

The esports scene of CS:GO is quite big, although they do only pay out a mere 

$2,000,000.00. This is small, looking at the viewership and numbers this game attracts. 

This article was written in cooperation with Fragster