- Sep 4, 2009
Well, let's look at this stuff for a moment to kinda underscore the point I'm making:
So there are a total of 14 x 5 = 70 people competing and 5 of them get 1 million each of the total prizes. Great and whatever if you manage to be first in the lottery. Everyone else? What does the second place team get? Third? Your odds of being a winner are pretty low (better than a lottery, but not great) and as with most tournament-type events, the prize purse rapidly dwindles as you move down the stack to the first, second, third, and so forth of groups that lost. Even averaging the remaining 5 million out over 65 other people there's only like $77k per person to go around (unrealistically assuming everyone gets an equal portion of the remainder rather than many people going home with nothing at all for all their effort). That's a huge waste of time to spend 14 hours a day for years to get so little money and take the risks associated with gambling on you versus everyone else when it's a lot easier and more reliable to make more money for less effort and have leisure time plus a healthy amount of rest.
Yea just because you CAN be successful after your "pro" gaming career ends, doesn't mean you will be. I'd rather take the chance of getting an education instead of trying to go pro at a video game. Sure there are success stories but that won't happen to everyone who tries to do it for a living. Then all you're left with afterwards is a shitty resume and a lack of real world skills.