Whereas the Cloud9 signing of younger phenom Counter-Strike: International Offensive expertise Alex “ALEX” McMeekin isn’t earth shattering, the discharge of economic particulars related to a signing from a serious esports group is. When Cloud9’s new CS:GO Common Supervisor Henry “HenryG” Greer introduced the signing of McMeekin, for the primary time in esports historical past monetary particulars of the deal had been included together with the announcement.
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🔹Participant: Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin
🔹Position: Captain / IGL / Rifler
🔹Contract size: three yr deal (Beginning 09/09/2020)
🔹Deal Worth: $1,650,000
🔹Press: https://t.co/Lx8eNsme5l pic.twitter.com/I4FzcLxoem
— HenryG (@HenryGcsgo) September 10, 2020
The group will proceed to launch contract particulars for every of its new participant signings when they’re introduced.
Esports participant salaries are probably the most closely-guarded secrets and techniques within the house. Organizations, brokers, and gamers have been meticulous in protecting this data personal. Nevertheless, as esports continues to mature, there was a rising sentiment that this data ought to be shared in the identical vein as conventional sports activities.
Historically, in sports activities, participant salaries are shared by the respective participant unions within the try to point out transparency and provides benchmarks as to why gamers are making a specific amount of cash. In esports, there was a big fluctuation when it comes to participant salaries and this seems to be step one in a observe that would assist stabilize an area wherein exorbitant participant salaries can outstrip particular person and crew income potential.
A present instance of this may be seen within the Name of Responsibility League the place 58 gamers from 12 totally different groups have been launched and no possibility years have been exercised attributable to what some are calling a wage reset.
It’s also value noting that CS:GO is the one esport the place the gamers have banded collectively to type an energetic gamers’ union. Whereas the League of Legends Championship Sequence additionally has a union, it was shaped by the league’s proprietor Riot Video games.