How Ame’s Buyout Fee Compares to eSports’ Biggest Deals

How Ame's Buyout Fee Compares to eSports' Biggest Deals

Dota 2’s Ame is speculated to have a transfer fee of around half a million dollars from LGD to Xtreme Gaming.

Like traditional sports, Dota 2 eSports occasionally uses transfer fees or buyout contracts, but only for highly skilled players. However, Wang “Ame” Chunyu is one of the few Chinese professional players whose skill and talent have made him worthy of a contract buyout fee, making him stand out as a noteworthy exception in the current Dota 2 scene.

After talks about Team OG’s possible million-dollar buyout of Matthew “Ari” Walker, the subject of Ame’s contract buyout price came up. During the live stream, Dota 2 veterans Yang “Chalice” Shenyi and Lu “Somnus” Yao sparked more discussion.

They estimated that Xtreme Gaming may have paid LGD Gaming a transfer fee of roughly half a million dollars to secure Ame’s buyout. Despite taking a year off, Ame is still a benchwarmer in LGD Gaming’s lineup for the gullible.

This conversation clarifies Ame’s worth as a renowned professional player and, more importantly, the state of the Chinese competitive scene.

Buying high-profile Dota 2 players

The notable buyouts in Dota 2 were also brought up, highlighting that Ame was not the only prodigy whose skills commanded a high buyout value.

For example, Team Aurora’s owner revealed that he offered Nuengnara “23” Teeramahanon a $1 million buyout when the central organization approached him at the BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024.

Ame’s return to the competitive Dota 2 scene with Xtreme Gaming is arguably the most anticipated debut of 2024, alongside his former teammate Zhao “XinQ” Zixing, following his year-long absence as an inactive member of LGD Gaming. However, their participation in the BetBoom Dacha Dubai 2024 was underwhelming, performing mediocrely in the group stage. Though they lost to Team Falcoms and runner-up Team Liquid, which resulted in their eventual placement in the 7th–8th position, Ame’s comeback to competitive play is a testament to his timeless skills and the high expectations surrounding his performance.

Dota player’s salary

According to a report, the maximum salary of a player in eSports is $35,000 monthly. Superstars are the only people to get this kind of money, and there are very few in the world. Top-level players can earn between $10,000 and $15,000; beginners get between $2,000 and $5,000 monthly, while small organizations pay less, between $500 and $1,000. However, there are no salary or transfer restrictions in the main eSports disciplines.

Additionally, V1lat revealed in 2020 that Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan cost Virtus.Pro $100k.

For a good player in the global Dota 2 transfer market, $75,000 is a fair price; superstars are the only players who rarely receive payments of up to $15,000. In CS:GO, prices have increased. A player ranked in the top 30 can earn up to $500,000.

Furthermore, it is notable that Evil Geniuses paid $75k a few years earlier to acquire Russian prodigy Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev.

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