The bottom line here is that League of Legends careers are shorter on average by 1.3 years and the average player is about 4.2 years younger. Now since we’ve acknowledged the physical differences, it’s pretty safe to say that League of Legends players have it pretty hard when it comes to game time. The average game time in League of Legends is about 32 minutes long and they can actually go way longer than that. In fact in Spring at 2018, the longest game was 74 minutes (100 Thieves versus Clutch Gaming). An average NFL game lasts about 3 hours and 12 minutes but there’s only 11 minutes of actual playing time due to about 20 commercial breaks and 67 minutes of players, coaches and officials just standing around. Between plays, injuries, timeouts and replays which averaged about 17 minutes of the total game time. The average NFL player only plays for about 3 to 4 minutes per game. The bottom line is that the average LCS player plays for around 10 times longer than the average NFL player does per game. Both football and League of Legends offer a lot of ways for their players to make additional cash like sponsorships, endorsements and streaming. But what about when it comes to this base salary?
The average base salary of a League of Legends player in North America this year was around $320,000 reportedly. In the LCS rulebook, the minimum allowed salary for players is around $75,000. Now in the NFL, the average player makes 2.1 million ($2,100,000) with the minimum pay allowed by the league being $465,000 in the first year of play and it goes up every year. The bottom line here is that the average league player makes around 6.5x less than an NFL player and the minimum pay is about 6.2x less. Now you might not know this but the NFL has rule changes every year. What constitutes is a foul? What can get you disqualified and even what counts as a catch? In 2017, there were eight changes the way that football is played. In League of Legends, there are around 12 to 25 changes per patch with multiple patches per season. These changes can be anything from the damage a character does to something more substantive like how the champion actually plays in the game. Sometimes a champion’s kit is no longer recognizable as the same character. Most of the changes aren’t due to the balance of the game as a professional e-sport but for the main audience of the game. It’d be like making one end of the football squared because the fans who play football occasionally want to kick it easier.
The bottom line is there’s an unimaginable number of changes that occur in League of Legends per year whereas in NFL that number is usually around ten. In order to be a top-tier competitor in the NFL or in League of Legends, you have to practice A LOT. The average NFL player practices or trains around five hours per day. This includes workouts, drills classroom sessions and even actual game practice. In League of Legends, the reported training numbers are higher with around eight hours of playtime scheduled per day, but most players continue beyond that to keep their skills up and solo queue (def. to queue for a ranked game of LoL alone) or even while streaming. One player reported playing at least 10 hours per day and doing physical training in addition to that. NFL players have hard jobs. There’s no doubt about that. The injury rates are obviously way higher than an eSports Do you have to maintain a specific weight or you get fined by your team? And you have to run which is maybe one of the worst things in the world. But in spite of all that, if playing the game that they love is what their job is, being an eSports athlete is harder than you might think. Captioned by a koala, voluntarily. Thanks for watching!