How much money do Rocket League Pros make?

Like any exciting team multiplayer game, it was to be expected that Rocket League would have a vibrant Esports scene. Launched in 2015, the game steadily grew over time. However, it never reached the level of some other Esports giants such as Dota 2 and League of Legends. 

While not as profitable as MOBAs, Rocket League organizations give their players a steady paycheck. When you also consider gamers’ revenues from YouTube and Twitch, it turns out that you can make a really nice career by playing this game.

Anyway, a lot of people want to know how much do Rocket League pros make and whether it's worth it to start a career. 

What are the biggest teams in Rocket League?

Rocket League relies on ELO system to rank all the professional teams. They are placed in different groups based on their region. So, we have Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. At the moment of publishing this article, Team BDS was the highest ranked team with 2983 ELO.

Here is a breakdown of highest ranked teams based on their specific region:

Europe 

  1. Team BDS (2983 ELO)
  2. Solary (2570)
  3. Team Vitality (2505)
  4. Guild Esports (2499)
  5. Team Queso (2475)

North America 

  1. Spacestation Gaming (2827)
  2. The General NRG (2826)
  3. G2 Esports (2765)
  4. Team Envy (2710)
  5. Rogue (2704)

Oceania 

  1. Ground Zero Gaming (2703)
  2. Renegades (2517)
  3. Cringe Society (2449)
  4. Mindfreak (2323)
  5. R!ot Gaming (2193)

South America

  1. True Neutral (2625)
  2. FURIA Esports (2549)
  3. Rebel (2537)
  4. Erased (2424)
  5. Lotus (2256)

In terms of profitability, the 3 most powerful teams are NRG Esports, Vitality, and G2 Esports. Some other major Esports organizations, such as Dignitas, Team Liquid, and Cloud 9, are also competing in professional Rocket League events. 

Entering some of the Rocket League competitions is relatively cheap compared to other popular Esports games. This makes it easier for new teams. Unfortunately, the game hasn't grown as quickly as some analysts expected. Because of that, some of the football and Esports teams decided to scale back their Rocket League investments or simply sell their teams. 

How do eSports organizations make money? 

In general, Rocket League organizations are able to make money from various sponsorships, merchandising, tickets, and media rights. Depending on a game, Esports organizations usually don’t participate in the tournament winnings, or they get a small percentage of the winnings. However, it is very important for a team to be successful as this would open new revenue streams for organizations through better sponsorship/merchandising deals.  

Before we answer how much do Rocket League pros make, let’s take a look at the teams’ profits.

In the first 4 years since the game launch, the prize money for Rocket League tournaments was around 5.9 million euros. But, these figures have steadily grown up to now. In 2021, the total prize money is $13,343,558 from 1.458 Tournaments.

At the moment of writing this article, here are the top 10 most successful Rocket League teams:

  1. NRG Esports (competed in 83 tournaments) – Total earnings $992,481.72
  2. Vitality (competed in 68 tournaments) – Total earnings $815,622.57
  3. G2 Esports (competed in 87 tournaments) – Total earnings $678,753. 85 
  4. Team Dignitas (competed in 43 tournaments) – Total earnings $653, 266. 86
  5. Cloud 9 (competed in 30 tournaments) – Total earnings $586,591.11
  6. Spacestation Gaming (competed in 52 tournaments) – Total earnings $425,811. 86
  7. BDS Esports (competed in 28 tournaments) – Total earnings $371,098. 46
  8. Rogue (competed in 47 tournaments) – Total earnings $358,060. 11
  9. Team Envy (competed in 41 tournaments) – Total earnings $311,235.64
  10. FlipSid3 Tactics (competed in 110 tournaments) – Total earnings $283,909.06 

Just to be clear, these are the total profits from the tournament and are not necessarily related to how much money an organization made. Instead, they make the majority of profits from various marketing and sales activities. 

What are the revenue Streams of RL Esportler?

Although you might think that Rocket League players only live from their tournament revenues, they usually have numerous other revenue streams such as:

  • YouTube ads
  • Various content creation activities
  • Merchandising
  • Donations
  • League guarantee
  • Sponsorships 
  • And of course, tournament prizes

According to a Rocket League insider, who posted a thread on Reddit, they also get salaries from their respective teams that range from $3,000 to $10,000 based on skill level. So, let’s say that an average professional player gets guaranteed $3,000, which doesn’t include all other revenue channels that go on top of that. 

Reddit user CloudFuel has provided us with some additional data regarding the earnings. Based on this thread, we know that organizations get a small percentage of actual tournament winnings, usually ranging from 5% to 10%. But, they don’t necessarily rely on this to make profits. 

From this thread, we’ve also learned that RLCS trophy doesn’t go to teams, and that players get medals after events. We’ve also learned that North America is the highest paid region for Rocket League. 

YouTube ads

As you well know, most professional gamers have their own streams. The most popular channel is Twitch, which by itself can be a great source of revenue. There are a lot of people on Twitch who make loads of money through simple donations.

Once a Rocket League gamer finishes streaming, he or she can edit a video and post it on YouTube. These videos cannot be hit with a copyright claim (unless you add music or some other foreign clips to them), which means that all the revenue from ads goes into the gamer’s pockets.

YouTube ad revenues can vary significantly based on location factors. However, professional gamers can get hundreds and even a few thousand dollars from the source.

Twitch donations

Things can get pretty wild when it comes to Twitch donations. Some people even make videos when donating ludicrous amounts of money to other gamers. 

Needless to say, this is a great way for Rocket League professionals to make money. Most of them have a loyal follower base that showers them with donations on a constant basis. In fact, by just having a successful Twitch channel, you can create a profession for yourself. 

Playing on Twitch is pretty simple, and for the most part, it shouldn't interrupt your regular gaming sessions. The main difference is that you will communicate with the chat and that people will be able to watch you play.

Selling merchandise

There are numerous channels through which gamers can sell their merchandise. Almost every platform allows you to put a link. That way, you can send them to your webshop, where you can offer them lots of different goodies. 

Sponsorships 

Sponsorships are one of the most common sources of revenue for teams, but they are not that common for gamers. In 2021, the total revenues from Esports sponsorships were $641 million, which was the major part of the total Esports revenues ($1,084 million in 2021). 

If a gamer manages to get a sponsorship, these deals can yield them major profits. In fact, they can be worth tens of thousands of dollars on an annual basis. 

Who are the best paid Rocket League Esportlers? 

You are probably wondering who are the best paid Rocket League Esportlers and how much do Rocket League pros make. Here is a chart with the top 10 players based on their lifetime tournament earnings:

  1. Kaydop (Courant Alexandre, France) – Total tournament earnings $432,495.44
  2. Turbopolsa (Pierre Silfver, Sweden) – Total tournament earnings $387,966.47 
  3. GarrettG (Garrett Gordeon, USA) – Total tournament earnings $342,655.86
  4. Fairy Peak (Victor Locquet, France) – Total tournament earnings $318,366.47
  5. SquishyMuffinz (Mariano Arruda, Canada) – Total tournament earnings $306,278.00
  6. ViolentPanda (Jos van Meurs, Netherlands) – Total tournament earnings $298,458.30
  7. jstn (Justin Morales, USA) – Total tournament earnings $296,478.69
  8. JKnaps (Jacob Knapman, Canada) – Total tournament earnings $223,445.20
  9. Gimmick (Jesus Parra, USA) – Total tournament earnings $220,307.03
  10. Torment (Kyle Storer, USA) – Total tournament earnings $217,070.20

Keep in mind that these are gross earnings. Every player is subject to taxation in his country of residence. These taxes can sometimes be pretty high. So, the tournament earnings may be much lower than they seem on the paper. 

On the other hand, the players will have other streams of revenue, which might significantly add to their profit margins. 

The future of Rocket League 

Rocket League was a paid game for the longest time. Since the previous year, the company decided to make it completely free. Needless to say, this is a major step forward in popularizing the game and making it more Esport-friendly.

As you can presume, paid games are harder to access and always result in a smaller player base. With the game going free to play, the company expects an enormous increase in the number of players within the next few years. Because of that, more people will participate in the tournaments, more people will watch the streams, which will result in higher revenues for everyone involved.

In order to facilitate this change, the developers also decided to improve menus, so they're easier for new, upcoming gamers. They also revamped certain features like Challenges and Tournaments. Lastly, they made sure to add cross platform progression. This made the game more accessible and, eventually, more fun.

Based on all of these changes, it is expected that Rocket League will have a major surge in the upcoming years. Previously, the game couldn’t compare to major Esport franchises such as Dota 2, League of Legends, and CS:GO. But, with these “fixes,” they might just become one of the biggest online multiplayer titles on the market.