How much do professional eSports players in India earn?
This is one of those questions that many of esports enthusiasts have on their minds. And, that is quite logical, if you are planning on turning your passion for gaming into a career. Well, the answer to it is not that simple and straightforward. The thing is that the spectrum is very broad and it can range from thousands to lakhs of rupees.
In a recent interview on YouTube with Karan “Excali” Mhaswadkar of Velocity Gaming, he revealed a lot about this question. According to him, there are many factors that determine how much a professional eSports Indian player can, or will earn. This includes things like the game they play, the amount of social following they have, their skill in the individual game, etc.
Not to mention, it is also important to consider the team or eSports organization that the player is joining. For example, a player belonging to a Tier 2 or Tier 3 team will earn significantly less than what a Tier 1 team player will earn.
According to Karan, as of now, the ideal monthly salary for a player belonging to a Tier 2 team is somewhere around 700$ to 1000$, which roughly translates anywhere from around 56,000 INR to 80,000 INR. And, if we are talking about Tier 1 teams, then the player can expect around 2000$ to 3000$, which is around 1.6 lakhs INR to 2.4 lakhs INR. So, for those of you who were wondering how much the pro players earn, there it is.
Esports industry and professional pro players in India
You see, eSports is a broad category, and in India, right now, it is still in a development phase. Granted that the eSports industry in India has matured significantly in the last few years, however, as a whole, it is still not fully developed, and there is a lot to be done. So, when compared to the pro players from other countries that have a developed gaming industry, the Indian players earn a lot less.
Excali himself admitted in the interview that his first salary was just 12,000 INR per month. So, the jump from 12,000 INR per month to around 50,000 INR is a massive jump and just goes to show how massive of an improvement there has been in this industry.