League Of Legends Player Says He Makes Almost $1 Million A Year

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And you thought guys only got into esports for the chicks.

Carlos "Ocelote" Rodriguez is 23 years old, and plays League of Legends for SK, a professional team from Europe. He's good, very good, but he's not one of the world's best.

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Not that it matters. According to a report on Spanish news site ABC, Rodriguez has turned his personal "brand" into a business worth up to $950,000 a year.

Much of that is from merchandising, with the remainder from his competition winnings, streaming and sponsorship.

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I'm starting to regret my decision to become a pro Crusader Kings II player.

Gano más de 600.000 euros al año jugando a los videojuegos [ABC, via The Daily Dot]

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I'm going to be perfectly honest here. I've been playing video games since the NES/Tail end of Atari days. I read my game magazines and now read my game websites and like to consider myself pretty up to date as to what's going on in the world of video games.

That being said... I have No Clue what the hell League of Legends is. I don't know who made it, I don't know the story behind it, and all I know is I hear people online spouting Acronyms like "DotA" and "MOBA" without actually bothering to SAY WHAT THEY MEAN!

So when I see that someone is making a million bucks a year playing this game I know zilch about outside of news about people playing it competitively, I decided to do some research.

Turns out, MOBA is a game genre! "Multiplayer Online Battle Arena"

I had no idea because I keep people saying MOBA and acting like everyone else knows what it is.

Then I did some digging and found something even more fascinating. MOBA games were invented NOT by game developers or game publishers, but by game MODDERS!

I discover that DotA stands for "Defense of the Ancients" and is actually a MOD of Warcraft III! It's not a commercially released game!

This whole game genre evolved and became games in its own right, like League of Legends, because it was designed, created, and implemented by game PLAYERS and not DEVELOPERS!

THIS is why it's been under my radar and why I know nothing about it. Instead of hearing about gaming news and it being spread to the players, this news is being made by the players and spreading to the gaming news as they hear about it! It's Going In Reverse!

So on the Plus Side, I now feel less dumb knowing that there's a perfectly good reason why I never heard of this until I finally got fed up and went info hunting. I also think it's pretty neat that an entire genre of game was essentially invented by game players who modded existing games in order to make new ones. That's pretty cool.

On the downside, I still have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that there are people involved with this grassroots genre that are pulling in $1 million a year for PLAYING these games! Like HOW did this happen?! I actually want to know because MOBA certainly sounds interesting, but how can I really get into it if I don't know the nitty gritty, y'know?