Jess Colwill, November 23, 2016

'Flash' Young-ho: SC2 Pros Can't Earn More Than $60k

According to former StarCraft 2 pro, Lee ‘Flash’ Young-ho, various South Korean esports organizations have allegedly capped pro player salaries at about $60,000.

During a livestream on Afreeca TV called “Eating, drinking room,” Flash comments on the state of the game in South Korea, saying the administrators capped player salaries at $70 million won, which approximates to around 59,669 USD. The administrators allegedly want to invest more money into League of Legends instead.

“Now that I’m done with StarCraft, I can talk about it. The most regrettable thing, Zest was really awesome, right? It doesn’t matter how good you are, in StarCraft 2 [the administrators] set the pay cap to $70 million won, they’re not going to give you more than that,” Flash said.

“When I retired, I was so sad when I heard this. Even though he’s doing really well, it’s a sad reality that he’s only making $70 million won. The reality is that [the administrators] had to invest mostly in League of Legends. When this became a reality I really missed when [StarCraft was big].”

“They set it to $70 million. The most a person gets is $75 million, maybe. That’s what the salary is, no matter how well you do.”

“I will say it straight out, even when I retired from StarCraft 2, I made over $100 million. I was the only one... to earn that much. I think even if I still played [my salary] wouldn’t have gone down because KT Rolster really liked me.”

“Another thing I was sad about was when someone compared the salaries in League of Legends and StarCraft. When nobody’s getting $100 million in StarCraft while LoL is getting a lot, it’s really sad.”

“I’m sad and I’m really sorry because I think, did I retire too early? That kind of thought comes in my mind. I feel sorry for my underclassmen, my fellow StarCraft players that came after me. I really wish that all of them end up doing well.”

You can watch the video below but unless you speak Korean, you won’t get much out of it, unfortunately.

Thanks to Yahoo! Esports for the translation.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.