The world of eSports is a constantly evolving environment. The majority of the revenue generated by the industry consists of sponsorships made by globally recognised brands like Nike or Coca Cola. Even the organisations with teams competing in tournaments are increasing in value as time goes on. Here are some of the most valuable eSports companies in 2020!

TSM

Team SoloMid are extremely popular eSports brand, valued by Forbes at more than $225,000,000! The company was founded by former player Andy Dinh, who supposedly plans to make TSM the “Dallas Cowboys” of the eSports space.  

Right now, they have teams competing in PUBG, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros, Hearthstone, and a variety of other games. According to eSports Earnings, TSM have managed to accrue over $6.5 million in winnings across more than 600 tournaments! In 2019 they even setup the $1.5 million “TSM Fortnite House” for their roster to live, stream, and practice the game for hours every day. 

Some of their current partnerships include companies like Logitech, Twitch and Grubhub.

Cloud9

Founded by Jack Etienne in 2013, Cloud 9 is one of the most valuable eSports companies in the world, valued at over $300 million by Forbes in 2019. 

In 2020 they announced their brand-new youth program for teens aged 13-15, which is an online summer camp for aspiring eSports players. It’s an 8-week program designed to provide an educational, fun, and collaborative experience to foster growth in game, as well as everyday life. 

They are the proud owners of the UK based London Spitfires, who became the first ever champion of the Overwatch league back in 2018. Cloud 9 even have teams in the latest eSports shooters like Valorant!

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Another honourable mention would be the gaming lifestyle brand, 100 Thieves, owned by Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag.

It’s no secret that there is a lot of money in eSports. In fact, some of the most valuable companies in the industry such as Cloud9 are worth over $300 million! With this in mind, esports players are in a great position to make a pretty lucrative career from competitive gaming. This post will outline the many different ways that players can get paid in eSports!

Sponsorship Money 

Sponsorships account for the majority of the revenue within the eSports industry. Most of this goes towards the team being sponsored, and some goes toward the cash prizes for tournament winnings.

Other sponsorships like BMW & G2 eSports involve the usage of BMW cars for transporting players to tournaments and events. Check out our post to learn about some of the biggest brand sponsorships in eSports.

Tournament Winnings

There’s no shortage of prize money available for those crowned the winner of various eSports tournaments. The annual DOTA 2 tournament “The International” holds the record for the largest cash reward, with prizes of over $30 million!

Salaries 

The salary of an eSports player depends mostly on the team they play for, as well as the ability of the team to win tournaments and attract sponsorship money. The average salary in the US & China can be anywhere between $3000-$5000 month! Although higher quality players can attract much more, including work perks like health insurance and pension funds. 

Media Rights 

Media Rights refers to the money paid out to the event organisers or game developers, who often pass cash onto teams in the form of prize money and bonuses. According to Newzoo, this accounted of $250 million of the $1.1. billion total esports revenue in 2019!

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Other ways to get paid in eSports include merchandise and ticket sales as brands continue to grow their fanbases. If you’re thinking of a career as a professional gamer, check out our post on how to find an eSports team to join!

When playing competitively, the hardware you use can make a massive difference to your gaming performance.  Not only is it true for the monitor, or mouse that you use, but you need to have the right keyboard for the job as well. This post will give you some ideas of what to look for in the ideal keyboard for competitive gaming. Or check out our other post to ensure you’ve got the best desk to go with it!

SteelSeries Apex Pro

The SteelSeries Apex Pro brings a brand-new meaning to your definition of silence, with built in magnetic switches. It has an elegant design with OLED displays (Organic Light Emitting Diode) to emit light itself rather than manipulate transmitted external light, like LCD displays. Thanks to the solid build and ability for custom actuation, it offers a pretty strong performance, making it well worth the expensive price tag.

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum

Corsair is another great option for fulfilling your needs, and the K95 Platinum keyboard is one of the best for gaming you can get. Although it is a large keyboard for those who have the extra space to accommodate the variety of features, including the metal volume wheel, USB pass-through, dedicated media controls, and even an extra set of textured keycaps for the WASD keys! Not only that, but it also comes with a removeable wrist rest that attaches magnetically, to allow for flexible and comfortable use when needed.

Razer Cynosea V2

If the price tag of the two keyboards above is a bit too much, then Razer is a better keyboard for those on a tighter budget of less than £100. Ideal for the less serious gamers out there, the device offers the basics for a casual gaming experience, including subtle media keys, a programmable Game Mode, and full RGB lighting to complete the aesthetic. Despite being quite bulky, it does offer some handy cable management features. 

Final Thoughts

A decent keyboard might seem like an expense that you could avoid, but you wont regret it once you make use of the features that you’re paying for. Be sure to check out our post to ensure you’ve got the best monitor to go along with it!

As game developers continue to create new and exciting adventures for players to experience, the popularity of gaming merch has also increased. Whilst you can find some clothing choices on websites like Etsy or Amazon, the options available can be quite generic and uninspired. Thankfully, there are plenty of other selections out there from creators with a dedicated passion for gaming. Here are some of the best clothing brands for gamers in 2020!

Hot Topic 

Hot Topic is an extremely popular American retail chain founded in 1988. The brand provides a variety of apparel options from a range of fandoms. Their line of accessories is also very impressive, including vinyl’s, board games, keyrings, bedsheets, and a hell of a lot more! You can even find a number of different costumes for any future Halloween or fancy-dress parties!

Design by Humans 

If you’re looking for intricately designed t-shirts created by independent artists, Design by Humans can help you find the right design for you. Some of their licensed products originate from recognised brands like Borderlands, Star Wars and Assassins Creed. They pride themselves on raising awareness for the fan art designs coming directly from die-hard gaming individuals trying to get their name out there as an artist, so check them out!

J!NX

J!NX is another hugely popular clothing and accessories brand in the gaming world. Founded by Sean Gailey and Tim Norris in 1999, the Californian based company have a lot to offer in terms of gaming apparel. The uniquely named J!NX have managed to secure agreements with many big-name publishers such as Minecraft, Rocket League, World of Warcraft, and even PUBG! 

Despite being less focused on working with independent artists in comparison with their competitor Design by Humans, they still have some pretty great merch available for gamers and geeks alike.

Final Thoughts

Whilst there are a variety of competitive gaming companies that provide their own lines of gaming merch like 100 Thieves or Team SoloMid, these are some great movements without much of a presence in eSports right now.