Esports is a thriving and ever-growing market, where professionals players can live their dream life and earn considerable amounts of money through competition, provided they are skilled and consistent enough. Let’s check out the top richest esports players in the world!
Note: Since DotA2 and Fortnite have the biggest tournaments and cash prizes with, respectively, The International and the World Cup, we are not going to list all the players of these two games as they would fill the entire article. That being said, let’s jump into it!
Let’s start with Faker, aka the God of League of Legends and the Unkillable Demon King. Ever since his debuts as a rookie for T1 (formerly SK Telecom T1) in 2013, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has undoubtedly made his mark on the game, as one the best and most iconic players ever. Often challenged but rarely defeated, Faker is the embodiment of the organization T1 he is still part of, despite the keen interest of another giant on the LoL scene, China.
In addition to the many titles he won in LCK (the primary competition for League of Legends esports in South Korea), Faker is also thrice winner of the League of Legends World Championship! An awesome record he shares with his long-time teammate Bengi. All of which is to say that he made a considerable amount of money, even though LoL is just not in the same league as Fortnite, CS: GO or DotA in terms of cash prizes. Faker ranks 65th in the world, with a total of $1,254 240 cashed in.
This time, we are not going to talk about a particular player, but rather about the team that built an entire empire on Counter Strike: Global Offensive, namely Astralis. The Danish team has been over-dominating the scene for 2 years now, with 4 victories in Majors and countless other trophies in Premier League. On top of that, they have been ranking within HLTV’s top 10 for almost 2 years!
With such a record of achievements to their credit, you can make an educated guess as to the crazy amounts of prize money these guys took home. As a result, they rank individually as follows:
40th: Xyp9x with $1,746 591
41st: dupreeh with $1,741 722
46th: dev1ce with $1,707 345
48th: gla1ve with $1,580 809
59th: Magisk with $1,335 181
Even if those guys were individually very good players, and used to perform at top-level, they really started dominating in 2018, and are still regarded as one of the most prestigious teams in CS: GO history.
Ranking 12th in terms of earnings, Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf has become the new face of Fortnite in 2019. While the game has seen its esports scene explode, with an overall prize pool of $100 million announced by Epic Games, Bugha has been playing it for countless hours, eventually becoming one of the best players in the US and qualifying for the grand Fortnite World Cup finals.
After a memorable run, and despite his young age (only 16 years old!), Bugha ended up winning the solo competition, taking home a total of $3 million, which makes him the richest US esports player.
Considered as one of the most dedicated players DotA2 has ever seen, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein is the richest esports player of all time, with $6,890 591 in the bank, earned across 109 tournaments throughout the years.
Even though he has been playing esports for quite a while, at first in long-forgotten Heroes of Newerth, where he played at top-level, and then in DotA2, he has only started making serious money relatively recently, thanks to his 4 Majors wins between 2015 and 2017. Then came the pinnacle of his gigantic career: 2 victories back-to-back in 2018 and 2019 at The International with his team OG Esports, making him and his teammates JerAx, ana, Ceb and Topson the 5 richest players in the world, winning consecutively $11,234 158 and $15,620 181. Simply awesome.