CGS Announces $5 Million Annual Player Payroll

The Championship Gaming Series(CGS) announced today that worldwide salaries and bonuses for the 2007 season will exceed $5 million, a new benchmark for professional gaming.

"This is the moment the gaming world has been waiting for," said CGS Commissioner Andy Reif. "We will be paying salaries and bonuses to our players in excess of $5 million dollars during the 2007 season. The time has come for a new era of professional gaming as sports entertainment. Your chance to be a part of history starts on April 28."

Valve's Counter-Strike®: Source® and EA's FIFA 2007 will be official PC games for 2007. For the Xbox 360, CGS will feature Tecmo's Dead or Alive® 4 (DOA4) and Project Gotham Racing® 3 (PGR3) from Microsoft Game Studios.

The official CGS 2007 event schedule will feature online and live qualifiers where players will battle to reach the Regional Combine, scheduled to take place at the legendary Fox Studios in Los Angeles from June 8-10.

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Rooted_Dust4193d ago (Edited 4193d ago )

Are those going to be the only games there? WTF! FIFA! I don't think a sports game should ever be used at the pro-gaming level, especially not for the PC.

Alymon4193d ago

This whole thing is stupid. 60 gamers..... if they average the same winnings, it comes out to about 83k per year.

I'd love to get paid 83k a year to sit on my @ss and play video games. These guys aren't "athletes" as the article describes them, nor should we be turning video games into a this marketing monstrosity.

Video games are meant to be played for fun and enjoyment. It's great these guys/girls can get paid to do it, but big business is just exploiting the community to try to sell Bawls and their own Computer lines and other products.

They are ruining what is great about gaming.

Rooted_Dust4193d ago

You think this is bad compared to everything thrown at you by Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft? I don't have any problem with games becoming a competetive sport, especially where PC games are concerned.

Alymon4193d ago

Here we go again...

I didn't call it "bad marketing". I called it a marketing monstrosity. In the sense that it is exploiting the gaming community and trying to turn video games into a competitive professional activity.

They are calling it a "sport" and calling the gamers involved "athletes". Those terms should never EVER be used in regards to a gamer.

They are using video games to sell Bawls, Mountain Dew, Computer products, etc..... It's excellent marketing on their part.... they are going to make alot of money off of it.

Most leaderboards are riddled with people who glitch to become #1 on the leaderboard. They find a weakness in the game, or an advantage to say using a particular weapon (in an FPS) or car (in a Racer) and they use nothing but that. It takes the fun out of gaming.

Consider FIFA.... all of the teams in it are rated based on their seasonal performance. If someone were to pick the best team for the year and play only with that team, they have a clear advantage over everyone else. If you were to play that person alot, you would get sick of having to always overcome the team difference, regardless of whether you were better than them or not.

The point is, games weren't meant to be a career.... or a professional activity. They were meant to be a hobby, an activity for fun. The companies sponsoring these types of "leagues" are doing nothing more than destroying the purpose of gaming.