Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pro Gamer Salaries on the Rise

Recently I was playing video games with my roomates and I sat there wondering why I couldn't get paid for my skills in Madden. At that time I didn't realize that people actually got paid to play video games. And even more shocking was the fact that some players exceed 70k per year. Some players have even been documented as to have won over 100k in one tournament. That is more than either of my parents make and they both have 4 year degrees. This fact does not even seem fair, uneducated teenagers can make more than the average college graduate. Players specialize in popular games like Halo and Super Smash Bros. Even though these games sometime cause certain students to flunk out of school because of the addiction they have to the games. Is it ridiculous that video game players make these salaries? Or is it the same as professional athletes making more money than doctors and lawyers?

4 comments:

Mike Basic said...

I agree with you Justin. Teenagers or even adults getting paid to play video games is not right. I can see why athletes make as much as they do because they entertain us. As for lawyers and doctors, they deserve their salaries because of the work they do. However, people that play video games and get paid for doing it is a joke. Making that much money for being a potential high school drop out is crazy. It is not fair to all those individuals that sacrifice so much to get what they want while other people are doing nothing at home besides playing video games.

Erica Rath said...

I agree, also. "Gaming" is not even a sport; the stereotypical "gamer" is rough looking, not shaven, eating fast food, and has been sitting in the same chair for the past week. There is no skill in that. I am not into video games, but given enough time and patience, I could be just as "skilled" at these games as these professionals. To earn a living by doing this is ridiculous, how can you even calculate the wage they earn?

Josh Carter said...

What I am wondering about is who is willing to pay them for this and why? If it is a video game company paying people to test their games before they hit the market then it very well may be worth it to the company to pay what to us seems like a huge amount for the services that are provided. The companies in this case might be paying more for the expertise the gamer has on what people like and do not like then they are for the person to actually play the game. Paying the game very well may just be the best way for the gamer to familiarize themselves with the game well enough to say what is good or bad with it. Whatever the reason these people are being paid to play, there has to be some benefit to those paying for it or this simply would not be a service offered.

jasonbaumler said...

I believe professional video game players should be paid. Just like professional athletes, they have become very good at a childs game. No one has ever said that professional athletes should not be paid, however most think that they should be paid less. I believe this is true for pro video gamers as well. I think that the people who should really be paid are the creaters and testers of video games, such as the characters from the movie Grandma's Boy. The movie depicts the everyday life of a group of video game testers and designers. These are the people who actually create the entertainment.