The LPL is famous as a League of Legends region with generous salaries and good benefits that can attract players from the LCK. Is it true that everyone is like that?
In fact, salary is a sensitive issue in all industries, even the same company is limited to sharing about the salary they receive. So in an industry with many bright and dark sides and hierarchies like esports, the salary story is not common. Therefore, the audience is even more curious to see the luxurious life of famous players.
It is rare for organizations and players to disclose the value of contracts or transfers. Even, they often hide this information, which makes the community more curious over time. In turn, it is precisely because of limited information that it is difficult for fans to judge the value of a transfer. Even those who work in the esports industry find it difficult to accurately gauge how to negotiate and reach an agreement that both parties are satisfied with.
Recently, Xiaopeng, a former Top Esports player and now retired from professional competition, shared some insights on the current state of the minimum wage of Chinese League of Legends. In a co-stream later shared on the Bilibili platform, Xiaopeng mentioned that the current minimum monthly salary in LDL (second tier) is 6,000 yuan (more than 20 million dong)/month. As for the LPL players, they receive at least 20,000 yuan (about 68 million dong)/month.
According to Xiaopeng, many players playing in the LPL and LDL are only receiving minimum wages – including the subs. Even some of the recruits who are competing regularly on the big stage like TES’s Qingtian top lane are only signing 20,000 yuan/month. However, all of them were promised to cover accommodation and meals during activities and training at the headquarters.
However, many LPL players receive high salaries, making this region forced to introduce a law on ceiling salaries to prevent teams from racing to raise wages to attract players. But until now, the rich players are still rich, the salaries are high, they are still high like TheShy, Scout, Meiko, ….
Back in 2021, Chinese League of Legends was entangled in many allegations and was investigated for match-fixing involving Bo – the jungle star who has now switched to playing for Team Vitality in the LEC. According to Xiaopeng, BTC LPL must erect new fences after this scandal. “After players like Bo and many others were sanctioned, they (BTC) asked all players in the LPL to sign a detailed agreement to fine players 5 million yuan (over 17 billion VND) if discovered match-fixing. Since then, no one has been arrested or suspected of doing it,” – the former LPL player revealed.