The world of e-sports might not require the players to get out of their seats a whole lot, but that sure doesn’t mean that the players don’t break a sweat.Or make a whole bunch of money either.
Matt Haag, or better known as “Nadeshot” is one of the world’s biggest icons within competitive gaming. At the age of 22 he’s one of the world’s top elite players of “Call of Duty”, and being part of the team OpTic Gaming, he is even sponsored by Red Bull. All of this sounds incredibly much like a fairty-tale when you consider that fact that, just three years ago, this kid was flipping burgers at McDonald’s.
Now I know it might sound crazy, buy playing video games is a hustle – serious work. It’s not like a couple of guys get together and hang out in their mother’s basement every now and then to kick off a little Call of Duty and crack jokes to make time pass, no. These guys practice for severals hours every day. In fact, Haag is even monitored by a “sports technologist” to check out the effects of video gaming on his brain. And just when you thought it couldn’t get more serious than that, you find out that he even has his own nutritionist to help him plan healthy meals and to make sure that he’s getting enough exercise.
There is serious money in the e-gaming world, so perks such as nutritionists and sponsors really aren’t out of the ordinary. A team of kids from South Korea actually won $1 million for playing the popular game “League of Legends,” and frankly, millions of people around the world watch them do it.
Much like other gamers who have found fame through social media and even sites like Twitch, which Amazon bought earlier this year for close to $1 billion, Haag roles in his money mainly from video streams as well as other sponsorship deals and tournaments. According to the Times, he makes around $700,000 just from his YouTube videos. Even the Major League Gaming signed him to stream exclusively on their site. Currently from his different streams of income, he is on track to make $1 million.
“I think about my future probably at least 10 times a day, I think about what if this all goes away one day? What if for some reason people just aren’t in your live stream tomorrow? What if people aren’t clicking on your YouTube videos tomorrow? What if your team doesn’t work out and you’re not performing that well and you have to quit competitively? What happens when you can’t compete anymore and you want to retire because you’re going insane?”
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