The burgeoning e-sports industry is propelled by enthusiasts who endure low pay and long hours because of personal interest in the segment, according to a recent survey of e-sports workers.

More than three-fourths of those working in the Chinese e-sports industry work are personally interested in the sector, though close to 60% of them make less than RMB 100,000 (around $14,500) a year, according to a recent survey released by Tencent E-sports on Saturday which interviewed 626 individuals working in the industry.

The average annual salary in the broader tech industry was RMB 147,678 (around $21,423) in 2018, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com