Roman Dvoryankin, the general manager at Virtus.pro, told Sputnik about the specifics of esports, giving insight into the professional video gaming industry.
Just six weeks after he joined Virtus.pro, Dvoryankin flew to New York with their "CS: GO" squad to participate in one of the major championships. "The number of people watching how 10 men were playing a computer game was shocking to me. The capacity of Barclays Center, which hosted the tournament, was more than 15,000 people, and it was all packed. Now I'm used to it, but then it left the most vivid impression on me," Roman told Sputnik.
According to him, professional gamers are not as "swanky" as professional athletes in traditional sports. "Esports players are not as spoiled with big bucks yet. They are more down to earth and modest. They just want to win, and they understand that success does not come from nowhere."
When recruiting members of their teams, Virtus.pro follows the main rule: they wanted to see guys who are thirsty for victory and who have something to prove.
As for average salaries, Virtus.pro gamers in the "Dota 2" and "CS: GO" teams earn about $10,000 a month, Dvoryankin revealed. "League of Legends" and "Hearthstone" squad players get about $ 7,000 a month.
Dvoryankin also noted some general differences in the mentality of players from different parts of the world. "European and North American gamers are more responsible, they have a slightly different attitude to work. Players from the post-Soviet states are often more gifted, but do not always cherish their talent."
As a person who has been involved in the sports industry for many years, Dvoryankin is sure that esports won't replace traditional kinds of sports, but it will surely carve out a niche next to them.
"Now, different kinds of sports compete not only with each other, but with other major entertainment events, like movies and concerts, therefore organizers even try to plan them on different dates. If we talk about the Russian reality, esports has already become more popular than handball, volleyball and many other disciplines." According to him, in the near future, pro gaming has all the chances to get to the same level as football and hockey, the most popular sports in Russia.