The account which sold for $10,000 on World of Warcraft in 2007 was admittedly an extremely rare occurrence. The Night Elf Rogue named Zeuzo was considered one of the most advanced characters in the entire game, out of millions of players.
During his seven-year career, he’s earned $487,141 at 59 tournaments. If Flash’s earnings seem decent (roughly $70,000 a year), get ready for this: Chen Zhihao, a Chinese national who during his five-year career earned $1.1 million, or more than $220,000 a year! Not much is known about him, but his picture shows that he’s pretty young.
Whichever route you pick, the same warnings apply: Don’t quit school or your day job. Pro gaming and streaming aren’t for everyone, and once the initial excitement wears off, you may get bored, as with any repetitive activity. So create a trial period.
Me? I’m definitely no pro, but I do like an occasional PvP (player vs. player) challenge in Warframe, Injustice: Gods among us or Hearthstone. How about you?
Broadcasting online is far cheaper, and means that there is no need to convince sceptical and risk-averse television networks that people will indeed watch. Google, for one, seems to think that playing video games professionally has a future. It is rumoured to be in discussions to buy Twitch.tv, which specialises in video-streaming of gaming, for a billion dollars.
Older generations tend to raise an eyebrow, however, when he explains what he does for a living. But his parents never had a problem with his job. “I’ve always been supportive of him,” his dad, James Varrone, said via email. “He has found a way to turn his constructive outlet into a source of income and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.”