The Next LeBron Could Be Screenside
They’re balling. As salaries and tournament prizes grow, gamers’ financial prospects have become closer to those of real-action professionals, OZY reports. In fact, NBA 2K League players make the same six-month base salary of $35,000 as G League athletes — and with a chance for thousands more in prize money. Next season the esports league will feature a $1.2 million prize pool.
What about the audience? Over 1.8 million fans follow the NBA 2K League on social media platforms, but its reach is paltry compared to the NBA, as only 645,000 people watched the championship match on Twitch, with a peak of 61,000 at any one time.