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ESPN Survey: Average NA LCS player salary approximately $105K, EU salary $81K

by theScore Staff Jan 13 2017
Thumbnail image courtesy of Riot Games

An anonymous survey by ESPN of of 33 LCS players from Europe and North America released Friday provided a rare glimpse into the state of salaries in both regions, along with further details on the life of a pro gamer.

The average salary of a North American LCS player is $105,385, according to the survey, while the European average is $80,816.

Riot's 2017 NA LCS rules state that the minimum player compensation is $12,500 per split per starting player and coach with a stipend for substitutes. Their goal in implementing LCS salaries was to ensure that players could live comfortably without fully relying on tournament earnings. The EU LCS rules have yet to be released.

LCS players also gave unique insight into the life of a professional League player. All players stated at least one of their parents approved of their career choice. 27 percent of players believed their parents fully backed their career, while 61 percent admitted that their parents did not initially approve but have since come around.

The time needed to compete in the LCS seems to strain relationships, according to the survey. Only 33 percent of players responded that they were in a relationship.

Another question brought validation to this opinion — the longest play session by a player was 80 hours, with the average longest play time in one sitting reaching 21 hours.

The survey also found that 27 percent of players admitted they know of players who take amphetamines or Ritalin to stay sharp for competitions, with 21 percent acknowledging they've seen at least one player compete while high or inebriated. In addition, 24 percent of players have been injured as a direct result of gaming.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

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