Playing professional League of Legends used to be unpredictable and without big sponsorships. A veteran player has shared that he didn't receive a regular payment from TSM during his time with them.
Marcus "Dyrus" Hill recently did a New Year's AMA on Twitter, sharing that it's been a while since he left professional esports. He managed to surprise everyone with some revelations and answers. Recently he has started to live his life more unfiltered, being very open about everything on X/Twitter.
He disclosed details about his salary, offering a glimpse into the early days of esports. The information takes us back to when esports lacked significant sponsorships.
LoL: Dyrus Reveals TSM Paycheck
Before joining TSM in 2012, Dyrus was already somewhat known. He made a name for himself on TSM, playing professionally for three years, before retiring in October 2015 to become a full-time streamer.
In the recent AMA, Dyrus revealed that during his time at TSM, he earned his money through streaming and did not have a salary from the org. Honestly, this wasn't surprising since esports really hadn't reached it's full potential yet.
Back then, esports organizations often lacked funds to cover expenses. Dyrus choosing a 100% streaming income was reasonable, especially as TSM was a major esports name, providing players with a significant following and viewership.
Being part of TSM was a massive popularity boost for players at the time. However, it's noted that TSM's influence has diminished over time, and they have even left League of Legends nowadays.
It's surprising to think that even in the later stages of his career in Seasons 4 and 5, Dyrus didn't receive a salary. However, he didn't provide further details in his AMA, so we'll have to take his word for it.
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