Rocket League’s popularity has grown massively since the game came out in 2015, and year by year, tournaments have been getting bigger and better. As the tournaments have grown, so have the prize pools, so there’s no better time to be a Rocket League pro.
Now, if you’re reading this article, you’re likely eager to know exactly how much the pro players make, so without further ado, let’s jump into it.
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Here’s How Much Rocket League Pros Make
Rocket League pro players can make anything from between a few thousand dollars to over a hundred thousand per year from tournament prize money alone.
Pro players also get a salary, and many choose to stream or upload regular content to platforms like Twitch and YouTube to earn even more money.
Ultimately, every pro player makes a different amount and it’s not possible to know exactly how much they each make, but it can be easily over $100,000 per year with all their different forms of income. Many pros receive health insurance and other benefits as part of their involvement in their esports team, too, so it’s not even just the money that makes the job so desirable!
Who Is The Highest-Paid Rocket League Player?
As of today, the player that has earned the most money from Rocket League tournaments alone is Courant “Kaydrop” Alexandre.
Kaydrop has earned over $450,000 in prize money throughout his entire Rocket League career, which is an absolutely insane amount.
When Kaydrop started first competing in Rocket League tournaments back in 2016, he earned just under $7,000 that year. To see his earnings shoot up massively in the last few years is absolutely incredible and very well deserved given the man’s exceptional skill.
His best year was 2019 when he won $142,929.17, which is the third-highest amount of money earned by any Rocket League professional in a single year. The only two players that have earned more in a single year are Victor “Fairy Peak” Locquet and Kyle “Scrub Killa” Robertson who earned $150,565.27 and $147,012.01 respectively in 2019.
2019 was a fantastic year for professional Rocket League, and it’s a shame that the scene hasn’t been as active since the pandemic started. After this year, things will likely pick up again, and prize pools for tournaments will be bigger than ever.
Who Is The Lowest-Paid Rocket League Player?
It’s difficult to say who the lowest-paid Rocket League player is, as there are no doubt many professionals that have failed to secure any winnings from tournaments.
According to our research, there are two players in recent years that haven’t made any money from tournaments, though they likely aren’t very well known. You’ve got Amine “Itachi” Benayachi, who participated in one tournament in 2017 and didn’t win anything, and a British player called “Freezy” who likewise only played in one tournament in 2019 and didn’t earn anything either.
As you can see though, most Rocket League pros earn at least some money from tournaments, which is very reassuring.
How Much Money Do RLCS Players Make?
The Rocket League Championship Series, known as RLCS, is the biggest Rocket League tournament around and is produced by the developers of the game. The prize pool has increased significantly over the years since RLCS started, with the most recent season having $1,000,000 in prize money up for grabs. That’s pretty insane!
This year’s European and North American Championships both had $400,000 prize pools each, with first-place teams winning $160,000 of that. Teams that placed lower still received some money, but significantly less than the champions.
The prize money distributions for the European and North American Championships are as follows:
- 1st Place – $160,000
- 2nd Place – $80,000
- 3rd Place – $52,000
- 4th Place – $52,000
- 5th Place – $32,000
- 6th Place – $24,000
For the Oceanic and South American Championships, the prize pool was $100,000 for each and the money was distributed slightly differently, with only the top two teams earning rewards:
- 1st Place – $70,000
- 2nd Place – $30,000
RLCS players don’t earn a consistent amount, and they only make as much money as they win. It’s also worth noting that the prize money is split between all members of a team, too, so they each get a smaller cut of the larger sum.
Can You Make a Living Off Rocket League?
Sure, but to get to that point is very tricky. Almost all professional teams offer their players proper salaries, so if you can get signed for a team, you can definitely make a living off of it. Whether you get the extra money from winning tournaments though is entirely up to you and your team’s skill.
Alternatively, if you’re not yet good enough to make it onto a professional team, there are other ways to make money from Rocket League which we’ll talk about next.
One option is streaming the game.
Plenty of streamers with big followings aren’t even necessarily that good at the game and are merely just very entertaining to watch. If you think you have what it takes to become a big Twitch or YouTube star, then get started and see if you can build up a community.
The money is always slow at first with these kinds of things, but if you can grow your community to a decent size, you’ll be able to earn money through subs and donations on Twitch, as well as through sponsorships and other means. Good luck!
If you don’t want to stream, consider coaching.
Coaching Rocket League is another viable way to earn a living off the game, but you have to know what you’re doing and build up a reputation first. Once you get your name out there though, and things take off, you should be able to make a decent amount from it.
Lastly, there’s always betting.
Betting on Rocket League tournaments isn’t exactly a reliable way to earn a living, but if you play your cards right, you can definitely earn a significant amount of money. If you study the game, the teams, and the individual players, you’ll be able to make educated guesses on outcomes and hopefully win enough to make it worthwhile.
Well, there you have it, the end of our article on Rocket League pro player earnings. We wish you the best of luck if you’re planning on trying to earn a living from Rocket League, whether that be through playing, streaming, coaching, or something else. It won’t be easy, but with enough dedication and patience, it’s definitely possible.
Thanks for reading!