Would You Like To Earn A 6 Figure Salary From Playing Computer Games All Day ?
If you’re forever telling the younger generation to stop playing computer games, that it’s a waste of their time and they won’t make any money out of it, then it could be time for a rethink.
A Korean known as Choi Seong-Hun, or Polt to use his nickname, says he gets paid a 6 figure sum to play video games, which I guess are more challenging that the top 5 Android games users should play.
He is ranked as the fourth best player in the world of the video game Starcraft II, and is recognized as a celebrity in the gaming world. This brings him in lucrative sponsorship deals from major equipment makers such as Cooler Master, who pay him to endorse their products in much the same way that Lebron James, Usain Bolt, and Wayne Rooney get sponsorship from big firms.
It’s not just sponsorship that brings in the bucks for Polt, he also competes in a number of gaming tournaments every year which have become big business. In 2011 there were just 9,000 video game competitions but that grew to a staggering 47,500 this year, according to Battlefy, a software firm that manages these sorts of competitions. With crowds pouring into Seoul’s 60,000 seat world cups stadium to watch some of the larger competitions, such as the League of Legends world championship, and with worldwide viewership in the tens of millions these events are certainly very lucrative for the industry and winning competitors alike.
Polt played in front of some 1200 people in Washing DC this September and after about seven hours of gaming came in 3rd place which netted him a cool $6,000. That’s not bad for a days work.
Even though gaming may be a growing industry with its own celebrities, well played gamers and hugely popular tournaments, I would be the first to question just how healthy it is to sit in front of a computer game for several hours a day. It certainly isn’t a replacement for a good education and I wouldn’t consider it as socially stimulating or rewarding as getting out of the house and interacting in the non-virtual world. So while your dream job may be playing games all day it’s probably not for everyone.
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