Li Daheng has earned just over $685,000 so far this year. Most of that came in the form of a prize for winning the Honor of Kings World Championship. He’ll have to win many more of those competitions to match Johan Sundstein’s esports earnings. The Danish world number one has played in 129 tournaments and picked up almost $7 million in prize money since 2010.
For most gamers, those sorts of winnings are out of their reach. Sundstein dropped out of high school to dedicate himself to playing video games, a decision that few parents are likely to endorse. However accomplished you might be at landing Fortnite’s victory dance or flying your spaceship in StarCraft II, you still won't last long against a professional gamer.
But you might be able to beat your friends. And you might also be able to be knock out most players in your workplace. What you can’t do though, is take any prizes for your skills because those are largely restricted to professional tournaments.
That’s something that Chain Games is working to change. The blockchain company has developed a platform that allows game developers to add a wagering facility to their games. Players can use the system to wage $CHAIN tokens on the results of a game. Chain Games launched the token last year, and within a little more than a month, it was the third most traded token on the DEX, trading nearly $20m in volume.