I wish to offer you my condolences. It’s not every day that you open up an article and get bad news.
If you were planning on getting paid to be good at a video game, you might need to grab a box of tissues and take a seat.
However, if you had never planned to be an esports pro, sit back, enjoy the stats and try to suppress the schadenfreude.
Statistically, it is extremely unlikely that you’ll become a professional e-sports player.
However, there is hope.
Most aspiring players will never reach the pro leagues. They will never get paid a cent for the hours they put into the game. They probably won’t even get close to being the best.
Some may say this is a bit severe. Others might be frustrated at me dictating common sense to them (soz). Either way, what you’re experiencing is the harsh distribution curve of the Pareto principle.
The Pareto principle states that 80% of output is produced by 20% of input. Understandably, the name has been shortened to the “80-20” rule.
Most people are familiar with the effects of this principle in relation to money, in which 20% of the population hold 80% of all wealth. You might be a filthy commie (editor’s note: Tribefire holds no public political views, these are those of the writer) who thinks this needs to be redistributed, but the principle can be applied successfully pretty much everywhere.
Twitch streaming is another industry we can use as an example. If you’ve looked into twitch for any time at all, you will probably know ‘Ninja’. Despite the generic gamertag, Richard Blevins is undoubtedly at the top of the streaming industry.
With over 10.5 million followers and an average of 70,000 people watching him play at once, Ninja blows everybody out of the water.
Even Imaqtpie, arguably the most prominent streamer in the League of Legends community only has 2.3 million followers and an average of 11,000 concurrent viewers. Now compare both of these individuals with the average person, extremely happy to sit on 25 viewers. (However, if you aren’t content with 25 viewers, you need to check out Tribefire’s Beta!)
Esports players have it tough. Mostly due the fact that the industry is still in it’s developmental stage and there isn’t enough funding to pay for a lot of professional players.
Focusing on League, there are 20 teams in the League Championship Series. 10 teams per CONTINENT, Europe and NA. So, if you play in North America, about 70 players get paid to play for an esports organisation out of the 10 million people who play casually.
There is hope however. Just because 20% of the population produces 80% of the results doesn’t give you an excuse to give up. You don’t have to be that good to be the best. You do however, have to commit yourself to what you want to achieve.
(I’ll finish the rest of this motivational speech when I’ve achieved something significant in my own life. Fun fact: if I got paid at my current pay rate for the 1500 hours I’ve spent playing CSGO, I’d have over $40,000. Feelsbadman)
Don’t give up on your esports dreams. I need to live vicariously through you.