• Best Esports Players

Best Esports Players

Highest Overall Earnings

# Country Nickname Player Name Gender Total Earnings Game
1. de flag KuroKy Kuro Takhasomi Male $3,394,188.35 Dota 2
2. jo flag Miracle Amer Barqawi Male $2,974,476.48 Dota 2
3. us flag UNiVeRsE Saahil Arora Male $2,900,960.27 Dota 2
4. bg flag MinD_ContRoL Ivan Ivanov Male $2,734,671.96 Dota 2
5. fi flag Matumbaman Lasse Urpalainen Male $2,734,376.24 Dota 2
6. us flag ppd Peter Dager Male $2,628,120.36 Dota 2
7. pk flag SumaiL Sumail Hassan Male $2,602,795.94 Dota 2
8. us flag Fear Clinton Loomis Male $2,383,155.64 Dota 2
9. lb flag GH Maroun Merhej Male $2,353,653.78 Dota 2
10. cn flag iceice Li Peng Male $1,998,558.23 Dota 2
11. ca flag Aui_2000 Kurtis Ling Male $1,967,547.44 Dota 2
12. cn flag y` Zhang Yiping Male $1,958,092.62 Dota 2
13. cn flag Faith_bian Zhang Ruida Male $1,958,032.20 Dota 2
14. cn flag bLink Zhou Yang Male $1,955,008.62 Dota 2
15. cn flag Shadow Chu Zeyu Male $1,954,848.20 Dota 2
16. cn flag xiao8 Ning Zhang Male $1,824,534.96 Dota 2
17. cn flag Hao Zhihao Chen Male $1,761,647.03 Dota 2
18. cn flag Super Junhao Xie Male $1,555,760.36 Dota 2
19. ee flag Puppey Clement Ivanov Male $1,465,240.16 Dota 2
20. dk flag N0tail Johan Sundstein Male $1,415,233.56 Dota 2
21. cn flag Mu Pan Zhang Male $1,390,711.91 Dota 2
22. se flag Zai Ludwig Wåhlberg Male $1,368,983.25 Dota 2
23. dk flag MiSeRy Rasmus Fillipsen Male $1,366,657.12 Dota 2
24. cn flag Banana Wang Jiao Male $1,279,561.56 Dota 2
25. cn flag SanSheng Zhaohui Wang Male $1,207,649.37 Dota 2
26. ro flag w33 Aliwi Omar Male $1,191,478.58 Dota 2
27. se flag s4 Gustav Magnusson Male $1,165,145.88 Dota 2
28. cn flag Fenrir Chao Lu Male $1,135,954.79 Dota 2
29. sg flag iceiceice Daryl Pei Xiang Koh Male $1,130,003.56 Dota 2
30. cn flag MMY! Zengrong Lei Male $1,112,556.41 Dota 2
31. cn flag Sylar Jiajun Liu Male $998,867.78 Dota 2
32. ua flag Dendi Danil Ishutin Male $732,549.40 Dota 2
33. br flag FalleN Gabriel Toledo Male $580,474.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
34. br flag fer Fernando Alvarenga Male $577,917.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
35. br flag coldzera Marcelo David Male $561,208.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
36. br flag Taco Epitácio de Melo Male $558,131.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
37. fr flag NBK Nathan Schmitt Male $529,429.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
38. se flag f0rest Patrik Lindberg Male $520,077.57 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
39. fr flag apEX Dan Madesclaire Male $451,929.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
40. fr flag kennyS Kenny Schrub Male $448,891.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
41. ua flag Zeus Danylo Teslenko Male $439,077.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
42. fr flag Happy Vincent Cervoni Schopenhauer Male $434,631.28 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
43. se flag Get_RiGhT Christopher Alesund Male $432,904.82 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
44. br flag fnx Lincoln Lau Male $411,552.32 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
45. se flag flusha Robin Rönnquist Male $395,802.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
46. se flag JW Jesper Wecksell Male $379,141.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
47. se flag Xizt Richard Landstrom Male $374,770.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
48. dk flag Karrigan Finn Andersen Male $364,863.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
49. se flag olofmeister Olof Kajbjer Gustafsson Male $363,411.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
50. ua flag Edward Ioann Sukhariev Male $360,139.29 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
51. fr flag Shox Richard Papillon Male $352,786.80 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
52. cn flag Clearlove Ming Kai Male $347,768.06 League of Legends
53. ua flag flamie Egor Vasilyev Male $343,879.23 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
54. kr flag Impact Jung Eon-Yeong Male $304,688.00 League of Legends
55. gb flag Gorilla Spencer Ealing Male $278,054.00 FIFA
56. ua flag Seized Denis Kostin Male $269,440.16 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
57. sk flag GuardiaN Ladislav Kovacs Male $269,023.63 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
58. kr flag Piglet Chae Gwang-jin Male $264,929.00 League of Legends
59. br flag felps Joao Vasconcellos Male $229,881.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
60. ca flag Stanislaw Peter Jarguz Male $227,637.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
61. se flag Dennis Dennis 'Dennis' Edman Male $225,627.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
62. us flag Tarik Tarik Celik Male $218,189.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
63. us flag RUSH Will Wierzba Male $216,979.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
64. fr flag SIXER Christophe Xia Male $215,457.12 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
65. us flag n0thing Jordan Gilbert Male $214,754.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
66. es flag Mithy Alfonso Aguirre Rodriguez Male $192,062.21 League of Legends
67. no flag rain Håvard Nygaard Male $191,788.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
68. fr flag bodyy Alexandre Pianaro Male $191,642.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
69. fr flag Rpk Cédric Guipouy Male $188,506.02 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
70. ba flag NiKo Nikola Kovač Male $187,575.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
71. be flag ScreaM Adil Benrlitom Male $186,473.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
72. cn flag Meiko Tian Ye Male $184,524.23 League of Legends
73. us flag Skadoodle Tyler Latham Male $180,313.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
74. ca flag shroud Mike Grzesiek Male $172,981.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
75. us flag nitr0 Nicholas Cannella Male $172,564.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
76. ca flag Scarlett Sasha Hostyn Female $171,255.83 StarCraft II
77. dk flag Zven Jesper Svenningsen Male $167,350.00 League of Legends
78. us flag Elige Jonathan Jablonowski Male $163,669.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
79. us flag jdm64 Joshua Marzano Male $151,656.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
80. us flag Stewie2k Jake Yip Male $150,290.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
81. dk flag Bjergsen Søren Bjerg Male $140,811.30 League of Legends
82. ua flag s1mple Oleksandr Kostylev Male $138,057.05 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
83. ru flag Sonneiko Akbar Butaev Male $137,777.98 Dota 2
84. ca flag Wildturtle Jason Tran Male $132,082.80 League of Legends
85. us flag Sneaky Zachary Scuderi Male $128,307.00 League of Legends
86. hr flag Perkz Luka Perković Male $127,194.58 League of Legends
87. kr flag Trick Kim Kang-yun Male $125,081.85 League of Legends
88. us flag autimatic Timothy Ta Male $122,855.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
89. nl flag chrisJ Chris de Jong Male $115,182.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
90. kr flag Expect Ki Dae-Han Male $114,072.00 League of Legends
91. cn flag Mouse Chen Yu-Hao Male $113,823.84 League of Legends
92. ua flag General Victor Nigrini Male $111,352.85 Dota 2
93. de flag denis Denis denis Howell Male $109,239.48 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
94. br flag boltz Ricardo Prass Male $102,829.71 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
95. us flag Doublelift Peter Peng Male $93,815.43 League of Legends
96. cn flag Scout Lee Ye-chan Male $88,982.56 League of Legends
97. dk flag Svenskeren Dennis Johnsen Male $88,055.33 League of Legends
98. br flag HEN1 Henrique Teles Male $85,018.32 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
99. cz flag oskar Tomas Stastny Male $84,946.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
100. se flag Pajkatt Per Anders Olsson Lille Male $84,300.37 Dota 2
101. br flag LUCAS1 Lucas Teles Male $84,018.32 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
102. kr flag Ssumday Kim Chan-ho Male $81,875.00 League of Legends
103. kr flag Flame Lee Ho-Jong Male $79,362.85 League of Legends
104. ca flag twistzz Russel Van Dulken Male $69,626.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
105. kr flag Reignover Kim Ui-jin Male $66,673.00 League of Legends
106. us flag Hauntzer Kevin Yarnell Male $66,145.00 League of Legends
107. cn flag Biofrost Vincent Wang Male $58,169.16 League of Legends
108. se flag draken William Sundin Male $57,117.61 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
109. es flag loWel Christian Garcia Male $56,766.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
110. ua flag aMiracle Vladislav Scherbyna Male $55,072.78 League of Legends
111. dk flag Jensen Nicolaj Jensen Male $54,306.00 League of Legends
112. se flag REZ Fredrik Sterner Male $53,896.93 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
113. ca flag Smoothie Andy Ta Male $50,676.00 League of Legends
114. br flag SHOOWTiME Gustavo Gonçalves Male $49,964.82 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
115. br flag steel Lucas Lopes Male $48,365.95 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
116. de flag Cihan Cihan Yasarlar Male $44,277.00 FIFA
117. se flag Chipshajen Sebastian Widlund Male $40,554.03 Overwatch
118. fi flag Taimou Timo Kettunen Male $39,312.16 Overwatch
119. se flag cocco Christian Jonsson Male $38,120.70 Overwatch
120. es flag HarryHook Jonathan Tejedor Rua Male $38,120.70 Overwatch
121. se flag TviQ Kevin Lindstrom Male $31,649.72 Overwatch
122. se flag Zebbosai Sebastian Olsson Male $31,500.50 Overwatch
123. us flag Pobelter Eugene Park Male $31,200.00 League of Legends
124. de flag PowerOfEvil Tristan Schrage Male $30,681.72 League of Legends
125. se flag Reinforce Jonathan Larsson Male $27,473.59 Overwatch
126. se flag Nevix Andreas Karlsson Male $26,588.68 Overwatch
127. fr flag xms Alexandre Forte Male $26,304.92 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
128. se flag ryb Ruben Ljungdahl Male $25,596.01 Overwatch
129. th flag Mickie Pongphop Rattanasangchod Male $25,378.54 Overwatch
130. ee flag ropz Robin Kool Male $24,468.70 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
131. us flag Potter Christine Chi Female $22,845.25 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
132. se flag Jumpy Jimmy Berndtsson Male $22,398.85 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
133. cn flag Zet Hae Sung-min Male $21,876.23 League of Legends
134. ca flag LOD Benjamin deMunck Male $21,209.00 League of Legends
135. se flag zAAz Zainab Turkie Female $20,939.62 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
136. ca flag missharvey Stephanie Harvey Female $20,555.25 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
137. fr flag Hans Sama Steven Liv Male $19,339.00 League of Legends
138. se flag Juliano Julia Kiran Female $18,069.62 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
139. us flag Ali Alice Lew Female $18,000.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
140. us flag buds Casey McIlwaine Male $17,731.00 Overwatch
141. us flag Hafu Rumay Wang Female $16,866.67
142. br flag yeL Gustavo Knittel Male $16,592.17 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
143. us flag Adrian Adrian Ma Male $16,416.00 League of Legends
144. fr flag ElkY Bertrand Grospellier Male $16,255.00
145. ca flag Altec Johnny Ru Male $16,166.00 League of Legends
146. pl flag niQ Sebastian Robak Male $15,818.25 League of Legends
147. ca flag Surefour Lane Roberts Male $15,725.00 Overwatch
148. us flag Adam Adam Eckel Male $15,725.00 Overwatch
149. cn flag Eloise Tang Haiyun Female $14,872.72
150. us flag Hyped George Maganzini Male $14,507.00 Overwatch
151. ru flag Vilga Ksenia Klyuenkova Female $14,505.54 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
152. br flag destinyy Lucas Bullo Male $14,392.20 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
153. br flag PKL Vinícios Coelho Male $14,172.71 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
154. us flag bENITA Benita Novshadian Female $13,789.36 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
155. kr flag Mickey Son Young-min Male $13,737.00 League of Legends
156. gb flag Alphari Barney Morris Male $13,437.27 League of Legends
157. kr flag Olleh Kim Joo-Sung Male $13,400.52 League of Legends
158. us flag Goldenglue Greyson Gilmer Male $13,126.00 League of Legends
159. kr flag IgNar Lee Dong-geun Male $11,986.55 League of Legends
160. us flag Jso Jennifer So Female $11,800.00 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
161. us flag Gods Daniel Graeser Male $11,585.86 Overwatch
162. gb flag Maxlore Nubar Sarafian Male $11,524.40 League of Legends
163. es flag iRene Irene Sanchez Female $11,391.46 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
164. be flag Nisqy Yasin Dincer Male $11,024.53 League of Legends
165. br flag shz Bruno Martinelli Male $10,961.54 Counter Strike: Global Offensive
166. us flag Vonethil Oliver Lager Male $10,945.00 Overwatch
167. dk flag Biver Malthe Winther Male $10,723.27 Dota 2
168. kr flag Keane Lae-Young Jang Male $10,298.00 League of Legends
169. us flag Coolmatt69 Matt Iorio Male $10,292.00 Overwatch
170. us flag Stoop Faraaz Waris Male $10,103.00 Overwatch
171. us flag Custa Scott Kennedy Male $10,002.00 Overwatch
172. us flag Aythen Athen Zhu Male $9,201.19 Overwatch
173. us flag GrimReality Christopher Schaefer Male $9,149.29 Overwatch
174. ca flag Agilities Brady Girardi Male $9,114.29 Overwatch
175. us flag Big Terry Chuong Male $8,466.00 League of Legends
176. mx flag Nomy David Ramirez Male $8,201.19 Overwatch
177. ca flag Roolf Randal Stark Male $7,730.91 Overwatch
178. ca flag Verbo Stefano Disalvo Male $7,660.13 Overwatch
179. us flag Seraph Shin Wu-Yeong Male $7,450.00 League of Legends
180. kr flag lira Nam Tae-yoo Male $7,361.22 League of Legends
181. ru flag Skash Arthur Yermolaev Male $7,295.97 League of Legends
182. cn flag Cody Sun Li Yu Sun Male $6,396.59 League of Legends
183. us flag Lourlo Samson Jackson Male $6,191.00 League of Legends
184. us flag Dardoch Joshua Hartnett Male $5,909.09 League of Legends
185. us flag Apollo Apollo Price Male $5,886.67 League of Legends
186. us flag Matt Matt Elento Male $5,833.00 League of Legends
187. se flag Mendokusaii Lucas Hakansson Male $5,643.16 Overwatch
188. us flag Contractz Juan Garcia Male $4,916.00 League of Legends
189. se flag ZvenE Simon Svensson Male $4,648.78 League of Legends
190. se flag Mineral Vytis Lasaitis Male $4,186.02 Overwatch
191. us flag Jake Jake Lyon Male $3,491.67 Overwatch
192. se flag Manneten Tim Bylund Male $3,117.76 Overwatch
193. us flag Voll Matthew Wallace Male $2,789.17 Overwatch
194. us flag rob420 Robert Garcia Male $2,741.67 Overwatch
195. us flag Super Matthew Delisi Male $2,741.67 Overwatch
196. ca flag train Rasheeq Rahman Male $2,741.67 Overwatch
197. us flag Avast Connor Prince Male $2,728.34 Overwatch
198. us flag Hakuho Nicholas Surgent Male $2,687.50 League of Legends
199. ru flag Gumbeq Ruslan Pozdniakov Male $1,724.25 League of Legends
200. dk flag Kongen Lasse Bækkelund Male $1,315.00 FIFA
201. kr flag Pirean Choi Jun-sik Male $100.00 League of Legends
202. kr flag EFFECT Hyeon Kim Male $99.24 Overwatch

What is eSports and Who are the Biggest Players?

Whenever there’s some form of competition going on, you can bet it will draw a crowd. It can be a street fight between two drunk guys, a bunch of gladiators hacking at each other, football, or pro gamers participating in the esports event.

Believe it or not, if you haven’t heard yet (you may have a lot of catching up to do) if you are pretty good at video games then there may be a job waiting for you.

On top of that, you will be doing something that you like most – playing your favourite video game. You can go solo, you can join a professional team, and best of all you also get sponsorships and advertising deals like other professional teams or athletes. 

What is eSports?

Before we go on with the job prospects, professional eSports teams, and the pros themselves, let’s first go over the actual competitive sport. Yes, video gaming has gone through leaps and bounds and considered by millions around the world as a competitive sport.

eSports (as the pros call it) is known by many different names. It’s called professional gaming, electronic sports, competitive video gaming, and a host of other names.

There are online competitions and there are offline competitions – that means, these events reach far and wide on a global scale. Whether it’s on the internet or in an actual Coliseum, every eSporting event draws in a jam-packed crowd.

Back in 2013, the eSport World Championship drew more than 32 million viewers worldwide. They had 27 million the following year. On top of that, statistics show that the viewership of eSports today number to more than 70 million people worldwide.

The Games You Can Participate In

The video gaming world has evolved. Yes, both in the Pokémon sense and in the non-Pokémon sense – and yes there is a world championship Pokémon eSporting event.

Of course, that is not the only game you can play as a professional gamer. The games during these huge competitions include really popular video game titles such as:

eSport Appreciation

Are these competitions really entertaining? You bet they are. However, just like any new sport (digital or the old flesh and bone type) you have to understand the game to appreciate the game.

Do you remember when mixed martial arts were still new? Everyone scoffed and even pro boxers took jabs (well, verbally) at the sport. It took a while before the general public got educated about the sport and learned to appreciate it to its nooks and crannies.

The same is true today when the general public views a match between two professional gamers or two eSport teams locked in battle. They first need to understand the nuances of the game before they can appreciate the skill being displayed by the pros. Truth be told, it’s a lot less violent compared to a lot of sports out there.

Becoming a Professional Gamer

Are you good at video games? Is your mum still yelling at you or your dad lecturing you that there is no future in this? You can actually explain in a really civilised way that there is a bright and lucrative future if you become really good at video games.

If you’ve got a knack for this sort of thing and you feel that you can play video games for life then you test the waters. Note that there are more professional opportunities in this industry than just playing professionally – there are options when a pro gamer retires.

Pick a game genre. You don’t really have to be good at all of them – though you can get noticed if you are good at all of them. There are fighting games, first person shooters, real time strategy games, sports games, racing, multiplayer battle arena games, and a host of others.

Remember that it takes some time before you can master a game. In fact, you need to know the ins and outs when there’s a new game release. For instance, when Call of Duty: Black Ops II was replaced by Call of Duty: Ghosts back in 2013, professional gamers had to master a dozen new multiplayer maps to become competitively proficient during competition.

Stay motivated and keep practising. If there are local events then join in. That experience will give you a feel for the sport and it eventually prepares you for the big league.

You also need to gear up – time for some PC upgrades. Find gaming communities and join the convo. After that, you can find a team and join.

The Good Part: You can actually join in the fun at the next global eSporting event. You can do more than spectating – there are open events where anyone can challenge seeded professional players.

Well, you’re going to have to cough up some cash but it will be the chance of a lifetime. You can get noticed and you may get offered a job as a professional gamer. Another option is to audition

A Quick Look at the Pros

One good thing about being a pro gamer is that you get to pick a really cool handle.

  • UNiVeRsE (aka Saahil Arora): he is pro Dota2 offlaner. This 27-year-old from Wisonsin US, has a total earnings of over $2.6M to his name.
  • PPD (aka Peter Dager): A pro gamer turned CEO of one of the most successful Dota2 teams, Evil Genuises. He has is now worth over $2.7M.
  • Fear (aka Clinton Loomis): one of the biggest players in the US, and also one of the best North American cyber athletes. He’s been playing Dota2 for the past 11 years and has accumulated over $2.3M through playing tournaments.
  • Daigo (aka Tomo Ohira aka The Beast): dubbed as Street Fighter’s first king. Competes in over 12 different games.
  • Moon (aka Jang Jae-Ho): considered as the greatest player in Warcraft 3 history. Don’t ask how much of a fortune he has made out of pro gaming.

These are some of the best pro gamers of all time. Just remember that the field of eSports is as real a profession as it can get. It takes a lot of work and dedication to become one of the greats in this sport.