To me, the display in $ is a misleading display of a licensed virtual product (credits) which officially have no monetary value.
It's a scam IMHO because it's shown on the front page!
(Someone is displayed to have earned 900+ $ this month while he certainly hasn't!)
Al your point of the career earnings being "BS" is somewhat accurate and honestly when it's all said and done it doesn't add up to even a hill of beans ...
But one thing the Career earnings are good for is it reflects how a player does in competitive tourneys where "Credits" are on the line?..
I'm not sure I'd have said it's a "scam", certainly misleading, but perhaps it should be described in such a way. I imagine it's there to mislead other players that winning money is possible as so many players have decent "earnings". A tiny percentage of players (my randomly selected percentage is 0.00002%) can make money, even then they'd have to give half the money to someone like twitch and risk breaking the rules (perhaps depending on who they are).
I agree with alosso that if this is shown it should be displayed as credits as that's what we "win" but I also think entry fees should be deducted.
Does it necessarily reflects how well people do in credit tournaments? I have $6,000 "earnings". I don't know the actual numbers but I wouldn't be surprised if I've spent $6,000 buying credits for entry fees to the rg's I "win" these credits in :-/ Every time I finish 30th in a 100c rg I "win" $0.50, although in reality I lose $0.50. The more you spend in credit tournaments the more you "win".
I suspect if you play brackets then you know playing against Sebicu will be tough without looking at his earnings :-)