Ex-professional player and popular streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek gives us an insight into how much professional Valorant players actually earn.
The eSports scene of Valorant is a huge sector where there are hundreds of teams and thousands of players playing the game as their profession. You can also see multi-million dollar companies working closely with these teams with sponsorships and merchandise. Looking at these star players playing under big names, the question that might arise in a lot of people’s heads are “How much do Valorant Pros earn?”
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Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek who was hosting a match in VCT 2021 North America Stage 3 Challengers playoffs, gave the audience an insight into how much professional Valorant players actually earn. He further talked about tournament earnings, sponsorships and differentiated between the earnings of top streamers vs Pros.
Tournament Prize money
How much pros make from tournament prize money is dependent on the contract between the player and the team and the percentage the team takes from the winnings. From his own experience as a retired CS:GO professional, he said the organizations used to take 5 to 20 percent of the winnings. Although in recent times it might be subject to change.
As for average monthly earnings from tournaments, Shroud said it can range between $5000 USD to $20,000 USD for teams like Sentinels and 100 Thieves. So it is expected that they pay a higher percentage.
Shroud also said pros who stream are worth way more as they also provide exposure to their organization. “When you stream, you provide so much more value to the organization, so they’re worth more money”, said Shroud.
He also thinks there might be some streamers who undervalued themselves while signing contracts. Regarding this, he said, “Some people might not get a lawyer involved, or they might not know how much they’re worth. I took a bad deal. My fault, but I took it. You live and you learn.”
Shroud also provided insight into how much top streamers earn from streaming. Brandon “Aceu” Winn shared US$100,000 per month from twitch.