China’s eSports professionals: low pay but loving the job

Posted on: May 28, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,

China’s esports players, along with esports operators, were officially recognized by the Chinese government earlier this year as real professionals. Esports in China is booming, generating USD 6,3 billion in revenue in 2018. SuperGen Edu and Tencent Esports recently released the 2019 China Esports Talent Development Report, surveying over 3,700 esports workers. The survey resulted in the following report:

By the end of 2018, there were 71,000 people employed in esports-related jobs in China. According to Tencent’s survey results and growth estimates, this number will reach 331,500 in 2019 — an increase of over 450%.

Nearly three-quarters of the surveyed esports insiders work more than 40 hours per week. 60% of the respondents reported making less than USD 14,500 a year. However, 90% stated that they are satisfied with their job.

The esports industry needs more management talent. Presently, more than half of the respondents have worked in the industry for fewer than three years. 89% of the respondents recognize the necessity of job training. However, less than one-quarter of respondents have actually received relevant training or education.


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