Hong “YellOw” Jin-ho, a former StarCraft zerg player, has recently disclosed Faker’s paycheck.
On 11th of April YellOw made an appearance on MBC’s RadioStar, a Korean cable TV talk show Korea which different celebrities and professions make appearances.
“There is a gamer called Faker.” YellOw told, addressing the non-gamer hosts and the audience. “He earns 3 billion won as the base salary. If you include incentives like winnings, he’d be making up to 5 billion won per year”, YellOw told. 1 billion won is around 1 million USD.
YellOw drew comparisons to his professional days. “In my days, first place in a large tournament would be worth around 20K USD. Because I was one of the top players if I worked hard maybe I’d earn about 100K USD a year.” YellOw told the hosts, adding: “These days, 100K a year is easy”.