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Average LCS player salary revealed and it’s surprisingly high

Published: 25/Apr/2019 14:45 Updated: 25/Apr/2019 15:18

by Calum Patterson

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At the GamesBeat Summit 2019, League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Commissioner Chris Greeley revealed the average salary of professional players in the North American franchised league – and it may just surprise you.

The base minimum salary in the LCS is $75,000, but as Greeley explains, the average is much higher, at “somewhere north of $300,000” – and there are some players earning much more than that still.

That’s more than double what it was in January of 2017, which at that time was an average of $105,000, and shows just how much salaries have inflated in the space of only two years.

Riot GamesOn top of their salary, LCS players earn even more through bonuses and tournament winnings.

Money an incentive for aspiring pro LoL players

In fact, this jump in average salary really took place in just over a year, as it was reported in early 2018 that the average LCS salary was $320,000 – meaning the figure hasn’t moved much in the past year.

This salary does not include any prize money earned, which of course will take the top performing players total earnings much higher still.

“We work a lot to make being a pro LCS player an aspiration for our fans. Part of it is money,” Greeley explains, “A pro LCS player makes an average of $300,000 in guaranteed base salary, before any bonuses or prize pools.”

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Is this average LCS salary sustainable?

According to Forbes, this average salary in fact means that LCS players are earning more than the average Major League Soccer (MLS) player.

A lot has been said about the ‘inflation’ of salaries in esports, and not just in League of Legends. Esports business reporter Ben Fischer questioned if this high salary was having a negative impact on profitability for organizations.

With the amount of money that popular players could make from streaming alone, teams face a dilemma, as they must ensure they are paying them enough to make competitive play worth it, as opposed to simply streaming full time.

This dilemma has already shown itself in the past, with a primary example being former CS:GO pro Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek retiring from the game to stream full time instead (although it should be noted that this was combined with diminishing performances).

In Fortnite, still a burgeoning esport, the most famous professional player, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, has already confirmed he will be retiring from competitive play following the Fortnite World Cup.

League of Legends may not have many examples of this yet, but as big names like Doublelift, Rekkles and Faker all continue to grow as major streaming personalities, their salaries must keep up with what they could earn from streaming alone.

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How to watch LPL Spring Split: Stream, standings & schedule

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:23

by Lauren Bergin

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China has one of League of Legends’ most competitive esports scenes. Our LPL hub has everything you need to know, from the streams and schedule to the current scores and standings.


  • The LPL Spring Split group stage will run from January 9 to March 28.
  •  ¥ 4,200,000/$649,425 Prize Pool.
  • RNG and Team WE currently tied for first.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Standings

The current standings for the LPL are:

Placement Team
1 Royal Never Give Up
1 Team WE
3 FunPlus Phoenix
3 LNG Esports
5 EDward Gaming
6 eStar Gaming
6 Suning
8 Invictus Gaming
9 JD Gaming
10 Bilibili Gaming
11 Top Esports
12 Rogue Warriors
13 LGD Gaming
14 Victory Five
15 Rare Atom
 15  TT Gaming
 17  Oh My God

LPL Spring Split 2021: Schedule

The LPL hosts 2 games every day so that fans can get in on all the action. The games begin at 1AM PST/ 4AM EST/ 9AM GMT/ 10 AM CEST.