Originally Posted by Cyro999
There's quite a few making $5-15k anually who did quit their day jobs on that list. The ones making very little are mostly doing so in a team house with a dozen other guys and food+electricity effectively paid for via team contract (but very little salary) as they wouldn't be able to live otherwise.
You don't "go to work" as a progamer and come home to some house you bought, feed your family etc. It's more of a way of life than a job - and it's one that's usually taken up temporarily by people in their teens to early 20's. The smart ones (like stephano) hit it big and then move on to study
Yes and having all your expenses paid for you means you are being subsidized, therefore making $5-15k annually does not promote any sort of increased motivation to make more money due to the fact that your expenses are paid for. Meaning, while they haven't quit their day job, their lives are no different than living with mommy and daddy since all their important expenses are payed for. So they sit around and play video games all day long while still earning 5-15k a year. Sounds like quite a lifestyle a teenager would adore.
Nevertheless, these individuals are not actually making a living off of this lifestyle. As you put it, it's more of a way of life than a job. Exactly, it's not a job. They aren't able to support themselves or a family on such a wager. Therefore as said previously, the people who are actually making a living on it are able to support themselves well. $30-50,000 a year is quite a comfortable life to live, especially if you are a bachelor. Even with a 20-25k annual wage, as a bachelor you are still doing pretty well. The point here is not that there are individuals who live in some gaming frat house and have all their expenses paid for wherein they only make 5-15k a year. The point is that the lowest paid ACTUAL pro gamers still make around 30-40,000 a year on average. Which is quite a comfortable wage to life, especially if you are on your own. There are plenty of people with degrees that come out of college that don't even make $15 an hour, yet there are pro gamers who make more than that and it is even more than a handful of individuals based on the amount of people listed on these earnings websites.