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NBA2K League players paid more than G-League players

(Photo Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty)

(Photo Joe Murphy/NBAE/Getty)

Believe it or not, we live in a world where people get paid more money to play video games than professional basketball.

The inaugural NBA2k League draft was held this afternoon in New York and those drafted will earn more than most players in the NBA’s G-League. Salaries in the NBA2K League will range from $32,000 to $35,000 over six months, plus earnings from a $1,000,000 prize pool; salaries in the G-League currently range from $19,500 to $26,000 (although players with two-way contracts earn $50,000 to $75,000). I understand eSports are a very real thing now, but my goodness.

What does being a professional NBA2K player entail? Not only do you get to play video games for a living, housing and relocation are covered AND you get health insurance and a retirement plan. The fact that the NBA held an actual draft for the league — conducted by commissioner Adam Silver — shows you how serious they are about it.

Seventeen teams of six gamers each will play against each other for six months in what Silver called the NBA’s “fourth league.” There will be a 12-week regular season during which teams will be flown across the country to play each other, in-season tournaments, and, of course, a postseason. Today’s draft was aired on NBA TV and Twitch, and there are apparently plans to stream the games as well. Adrian Wojnarowski even dropped one of his “Woj Bombs,” breaking the news of the first pick — Artreyo Body, aka “Dimez” — before it happened.

What a time to be alive.

[Washington Post]


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 Comments for NBA2K League players paid more than G-League players

  1. michaelb
    8:12 pm April 4, 2018 Permalink

    Half of me is like lol, the other is full on envious

  2. Bleednblu
    11:19 pm April 4, 2018 Permalink

    You’re joking right?!?!? We often wonder what is wrong with our society… A lot of things, but this just adds one more. So some lazy ass living in their mom and dad’s basement can make more money playing a basketball video game than a guy who actually has the talent and ability to be on that video game?? Maybe I missed something….

    • anrbob
      8:00 am April 5, 2018 Permalink

      The U.S. video game industry revenue was around $36B last year. The NBA revenue last year was a little over $7B.