Study: how much money do North American tier 2 players want to make? conducted a survey among North American tier 2 players to find out the desired level of income, which would allow them to focus fully on their professional careers. A significant part of those surveyed considers the annual amount of income in the range from $10,000 to $40,000 to be acceptable.

The authors of the study interviewed 50 players and coaches who currently play for various squads in the ESEA Advanced and ESL Challenger ladders. The age of the survey participants ranged from 17 to 32 years.

28% of North American tier 2 respondents would accept a salary between $10,000 and $20,000 a year. 36% are ready to give up earnings outside of esports with an income of $21,000 to $30,000, while another 24% would do that for a salary between $31,000 to $40,000. The remaining 12% would be willing to devote themselves entirely to a career in CS:GO with an annual wage of $41,000 to $60,000 or more.

The authors of the survey also asked the respondents other questions regarding their possible transition to a fully professional activity in CS:GO. Based on the responses received, the characteristics of the average North American tier 2 player is as follows: 22 years old; ready to move to any US state and live outside a big city in order to alleviate the organization's costs; never received money for playing CS before and would be ready to forego higher education.