Esports became a $1 billion industry in 2017 and Riot’s decision to franchise their popular League of Legends competitions will only increase the riches on offer to the world’s very best video gamers. The Bjergsen net worth is the perfect example of esport’s growth.
Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, a Danish League of Legends professional, earned $2,000 in 2013 playing the hit multiple online battle arena game. Today, he is making money that most can only dream of.
As one of the stars of the North America League of Legends Championship Series, Bjergsen has considerable earning power, but just how much has he earned from his competitive gaming career so far and what is the Bjergsen net worth?
Who is Bjergsen?
Bjergsen plays as a Mid Laner for NA LCS side Team SoloMid.
A keen gamer from a young age, Bjergsen developed his skills playing popular games like Counter-Strike, World of Warcraft and Diablo 2, before discovering League of Legends sometime around 2012.
The talented 22-year-old joined TSM two years later ahead of the 2014 NA LCS Spring Split. However, by that point he had already made a name for himself playing in the EU LCS competition the previous year.
Bjergsen featured for the Copenhagen Timberwolves after helping the organisation to secure a first-placed victory at the Eclypsia Christmas Cup. Bjergsen joined ahead of the Spring Split, but was unable to feature until week three due to the league’s age restriction, which states that a player must be 17 years old to play for the main team.
Copenhagen Timberwolves missed out on the playoffs, but managed to do so in the Summer Split after rebranding as Ninjas in Pyjamas, which was enough to earn him a move to TSM during the 2014 winter break.
Since joining TSM, Bjergsen has made a name for himself as one of the stars of the NA LCS.
Despite going all the way to the final in his first split, TSM were unable to overcome Cloud9 to claim the Spring Split. However, they got revenge in the Summer Split, claiming a 3-2 victory over the reigning champions to reclaim their crown.
While the team was unable to impress at Worlds, losing in the quarterfinals to Korean side Samsung White, they continued to dominate in the NA LCS with Bjergsen as their leader.
The team has since claimed the 2015 Spring Split, 2016 Summer Split, 2017 Spring Split and 2017 Summer Split.
How much does Bjergsen earn?
Having helped TSM to continue their reign as one of, if not the most successful side in the NA LCS, Bjergsen earns a considerable pay packet for his efforts.
According to Esports Earnings, Bjergsen has made $199,000 just from tournament prize money since joining TSM. Making approximately $50,000 a year, that alone earns Bjergsen considerably more than most people his age make.
However, Bjergsen earns a far larger amount from his contract with TSM. According to information leaked by a supposed Riot employee in 2016, when Bjergsen signed, he agreed to a five year deal worth approximately $300,000-a-year. We can’t verify this number, but given that LCK star Faker earns upwards of $2 million-a-year, this doesn’t seem implausible.
That contract will run until 2019, when Bjergsen will likely receive a considerable pay rise in line with the growth of the NA LCS.
Bjergsen also earns a considerable amount from his streaming channels. Dot Esports estimated in 2015 that the player was earning anywhere between $20,000 and $40,000 a month through Twitch. As interest in esports has grown, so too have the riches on offer to streamers, so if that figure was correct at the time, it is likely considerably higher now.
Bjergsen net worth
The exact Bjergsen net worth is undisclosed. It’s impossible to say just how much the TSM star is actually worth.
However, if the figures given above are correct, we can estimate that Bjergsen has earned somewhere around $590,000 annually since 2014. Combined with his tournament winnings, Bjergsen has earned approximately $2.6 million playing in the NA LCS so far.
Bjergsen’s net worth is likely somewhere around this amount. According to the player, he has saved up much of the money that he has made from esports in order to ensure that he is financially stable when his gaming career comes to an end.
Speaking to ESL Gaming, Bjergsen said:
“I am definitely earning a lot more than I thought I would at such a young age. My only actual job before this was being a paperboy, so I definitely have better working conditions now, haha.”
“I am trying to save up, to build a good foundation for my future – it’s unlikely I can stay in esports forever no matter how hard I try. Luckily both my parents work in economy, so they help me with managing my money and whatever questions I may have.”