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I'm really trying to go pro, just wondering what channels are available to make money playing LoL?

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    Flagging as too broad for the scope of this website. But honestly, just keep playing LoL. Thing is, if you are not good enough to be standing out on their rankings, alone, you wont be good enough to be playing professionally. Professional gaming is lucrative and competitive, and the difference between zero and hero can literally fall down to milliseconds in reaction time
    – user106385
    Aug 22, 2015 at 0:52
  • do you mean channels as in pathways? or like a streaming channel?
    – Aequitas
    Aug 22, 2015 at 2:02
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    @Timelord64 - It isn't too broad. Too broad is when a question has an answer that can't be written in one sitting, like 'Strategy guide for Skyrim?' Etc. There is a fairly short list of things to "make it" as a professional, albeit hard things to obtain (fans/following, tournament placings, sponsorships etc)
    – Robotnik
    Aug 22, 2015 at 3:38
  • Get to Challlenger. You should then find it relatively easy to be picked up by a team, or form your own, since AFAIK, there are 20*5=100 players in a region's LCS and Challenger Series, which is half of the 200 players in Challenger.
    – rlms
    Aug 24, 2015 at 14:27

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The way most professional e-sports players make money off games is by live streaming, YouTube, brand sponsors, and/or tournaments.

Live streaming: Pros will download streaming software such as OBS or xsplit to stream the game they play (such as League). Sometimes you will solo stream or stream with your team. Once you gain lots of fans/watchers, they apply for a partnership with the service. This will allow them to get money for ads/subscribers. This is usually done through twitch or MLG.com (MLG is rumored to give you more money per ad view)

Twitch partnership: http://www.twitch.tv/p/apply

MLG partnership: http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/news/become-an-mlg-tv-streaming-partner

Youtube: making videos. Whether it be highlights from your latest 5k mmr match (or whatever league uses) or full-length gameplays with commentary, uploading videos to YouTube is another way to earn money. (Same as above,) you have to gain enough subscribers then apply for some partnership. While I wont give any link as there are many, many partners, you can search that on YouTube itself.

brand Sponsors: These are for more after you've done the other three, but it's worth mentioning. Brands are starting to sponsor esports quickly. AT&T and monster energy even sponsored the dota 2 team evil geniuses. Your team may get some once you come in a high place in the first tournament.

Tournaments: once you team becomes pretty skilled, you may be invited to a tournament somewhere. Use this to capitalize on the possibility of sponsors like said above. These are the top earning methods that give pro players their money.

I did start rushing this at the end, sorry if it loses quality over time.

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  • So the most important thing is actually to gain visibility. Once you start being known, things will quickly work out if you work hard.
    – dyesdyes
    Aug 24, 2015 at 9:21
  • @dyesdyes pretty much, but being a good player can also play a part.
    – Judge2020
    Aug 24, 2015 at 9:49
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To add upon what @Judge2020 said:

Players playing in the LCS (as well as in any other region) earns a "split" salary. Meaning that they receive this amount each split. This salary is given to the team as a whole and then distributed by the team owner/manager. The minimum amount that needs to be payed towards players are ($12,500/€10,000).

This amount is per player.

2.2 Player Compensation

Each team must distribute the required Minimum Player Compensation ($12,500/€10,000 per starting player per split during the 2015 season) to its starting players, in accordance with the terms of the applicable Team Agreement.

Source: 2015_LCS_Rule_Set_2.01

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Expanding on the brand Sponsorship answer, there are also esport agencies that get behind elite players and work in very similar ways to traditional sports agencies to make the player (and agency) the most money. One esports agency even has a full competitive gaming training facility in LA that trains the most elite players by keeping them on strict diets and exercises specifically made for pro eSports gamers. It's nuts, but exciting at the same time. Basically, there are lots of ways to make money in eSports.

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