It’s hard to believe that a few years ago, eSports gamers made peanuts when competing. Now, players have found themselves competing for prize money that’s well into the millions. For some, the rise of online gaming began to boom when Twitch and other streaming services decided to dedicate air time to the digital sport.
This sport is now watched by viewers worldwide, as the popularity continues to grow, so do the sponsorship deals and prizes.
Back in 2019, $215 million was won by online gamers over 4,600 tournaments. When you compare this to the $13.8 million recorded in 2012, the enormous growth is evident.
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest winnings, and as a result, some of the world’s riches eSport gamers.
9 Of The Richest Gamers
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
Biggest win: $6.9 million
Game: Dota 2
N0tail was the top earner in eSports during 2019, this is due to him leading OG to victory for the second year in a row at The International.
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Biggest win: $3.1 million
In 2018, Fortnite took over the world of online gaming and saw people of all ages come together to play the game. Bugha’s performance in the Fortnite World Cup led him to receive his biggest payday to date.
Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth
Biggest win: $1.8 million
This Danish player won the Valve Major with his team for the fourth time in 2019. He has been said to be a critical component when it comes to the team’s success and rise to fame.
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok
Biggest win: $1.3 million
Game: League of Legends
This 23-year-old online gamer has constantly featured on the championship-winning roster, T1. He won the championship the first time he competed and is viewed as the best player to have competed in League.
Biggest win: $1 million
In 2008, Japan’s Feg made his second appearance in the World Grand Prix for Shadowverse and ended up winning the championship.
Lee “Rogue” Byeong Yeol
Biggest win: $860,000
Game: StarCraft 2
Rogue, formerly Save, has been taking the SC2 world by storm and has quickly become one of the game’s highest earners when it comes to winnings His recent win at IEM Katowice – in addition to all of the others – makes him a contender for the number one title.
Ian “C6” Porter
Biggest win: $845,000
Game: Call of Duty
C6 has already won three – yes three – world championships for Call of Duty. He’s excelled in over 37 tournaments which is the most in history and as a result has pocketed over $800,000.
Park “Loki” Jeong Yeong
Biggest win: $704,000
This 22-year-old gamer has managed to secure multiple top-three finishes. He also won the PUBG Global Invitational in 2018 and destroyed the competition the MET Asia Series during 2019.
Tony “Lethul” Campbell
Biggest win: $667,000
Lethul has been a top performer in all four of the franchise’s titles, which includes his win at the 2016 Halo World Championship, where his team won $1 million.
Back in the day, we were told that playing video games was bad for us and wouldn’t get us anywhere in life. Well, sorry mum, it looks like video games can be truly life-changing after all.