Here’s How Much Money You Can Make Streaming Games and Playing Esports Professionally in India
Animesh ‘8bit Thug’ Agarwal, founder of S8UL Esports and 8bit Creatives spoke about how much money a gamer in India usually makes by streaming and competing in esports events. Caught by AFK Gaming, Agarwal spoke about the subject on a recent episode of their “Thug Talks” series. Spoiler alert: game streaming and playing esports professionally are viable career options and have full-time job potential in India.
To break down the income of players, Agarwal splits content creators into two distinct categories: streamers and esports players.
According to Agarwal, monetisation options allowed by YouTube, such as Channel Membership and Super Chat, tend to make up the bulk of a streamer’s income. Alongside these features, ad revenue also adds up to a substantial amount of revenue.
Esports players, on the other hand, tend to make most of their money through the salaries provided by their esports teams, or prize money won by taking part in esports events. Agarwal states that a decent player taking part in mobile esports could potentially make between Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 75,000 a month. The best players, on the other hand, potentially make as much as between Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 150,000 a month.
While mobile esports players tend to make up for the bulk of esports-related revenue, the best PC esports players can also earn between Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 80,000 a month.
Going by the numbers revealed by Agarwal alongside analysis by AFK Gaming, it would seem that streaming tends to be the more profitable option when it purely comes down to revenue. A popular Indian streamer, for example, with around 10 million subscribers, tends to earn close to $1 million (roughly Rs. 73,319,857) a year.
Considering the popularity of gaming in India is largely surrounding mobile game releases rather than games on high-end gaming PCs or consoles, it is worth noting that the largest audiences, subscription numbers, and by extension, streamers, would largely be playing games like Battlegrounds Mobile India, PUBG Mobile, and Garena Free Fire.
That’s not to say PC streamers don’t exist, however, since games like Dota 2, Valorant and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are still popular in the country, and hence, have their own streaming ecosystem supported by its audience.
It is worth noting that the income numbers discussed here don’t take into account other factors, such as brand sponsorships and long-term brand deals, which could also likely make up a significant percentage of the income. However, since those kinds of deals often vary on a case-by-case basis, getting concrete numbers on them without having access to the details of contracts signed amounts to little more than speculation.
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