ESports is becoming more popular and lucrative every year. Nowadays a player can win prizes in a single tournament that can compete with the most successful sports athletes. Wow, just wow.
Analists believe that the industry will keep growing next years, as it will attract a lot of investments, new game operators, more enthusiastics, and that means that the prizes will become even more generous in the future.
Take a look at the the most recent Dota 2 tournament (The International 2019) to see how big things are right now: it offered a prize pool in excess of $34 million to its competitors.
In the last decade, prizes money won per year rose to $161 million in 2018 from $7,4 million in 2008, reflecting the exponential growth of the eSports industry.
Here you will see who are the best eSports players in the world by the amount of money they have already made in the past.
The top 20 have already collected an astonishing amount of $75 million, according to specialized website Esports Earnings.
Danish Johan Sundstein, aka N0tail, is about to achieve the mark of $7 million in prizes moneys. He is on the top of the list thanks to the money he won playing Dota 2.
Important note: players in this top 20 made most of their money by playing Dota 2 (Defense of the Ancients) tournaments, except one player: Bugha (or Kyle Giersdorf) that made his $3 million with Fortnite.
JerAx (Jesse Vainikka) is in the second place of this ranking, as the Finnish player have already collected $6,4 million. Next to him in the list is ana (Anatham Pham), from Australia, who won $6 million.
These players are already millionaire just by playing games in the computer. Closing this list is the Swedish Zai (Ludwig Wåhlberg), who collected $2,4 million.
Top 20 Highest Paid eSports Players 2020
1. N0tail (Johan Sundstein) Denmark | $6,91 million
2. JerAx (Jesse Vainikka) Finland | $6,47 million
3. ana (Anathan Pham) Australia | $6,00 million
4. Ceb (Sébastien Debs) France | $5,50 million
5. Topson (Topias Taavitsainen) Finland | $5,42 million
6. KuroKy (Kuro Takhasomi) Germany | $5,18 million
7. Miracle- (Amer Al-Barkawi) Jordan | $4,75 million
8. MinD_ContRoL (Ivan Ivanov) Bulgaria | $4,54 million
9. GH (Maroun Merhej) Lebanon | $4,14 million
10. Matumbaman (Lasse Urpalainen) Finland | $3,68 million
11. SumaiL (Sumail Hassan) Pakistan | $3,61 million
12. Bugha (Kyle Giersdorf) United States | $3,06 million
13. UNiVeRsE (Saahil Arora) United States | $3,06 million
14. ppd (Peter Dager) United States | $3,02 million
15. Somnus M (Lu Yao) China | $2,98 million
16. fy (Xu, Linsen) China | $2,88 million
17. Puppey (Clement Ivanov) Estonia | $2,78 million
18. Fear (Clinton Loomis) United States | $2,55 million
19. s4 (Gustav Magnusson) Sweden | $2,51 million
20. Zai (Ludwig Wåhlberg) Sweden | $2,44 million