Who are the richest eSports stars and how much money have they made? And how have they made a fortune in the game so far? Ninja reportedly received a $30 million payment from Microsoft to end its mixing contract when the studio closed. That alone probably makes him a lot more valuable than anyone else in esports, but he adds a number of lucrative sponsorships, brand deals, and gigs on top of the money he made before and after Mixer on Twitch. Faker, the most famous professional player of all time, is the only constant in the lists of three T1 world titles. The 25-year-old won the world championship in his first season and is still considered the greatest player in League of Legends history. At just 16 years old, Bugha became one of the top earners in esports by winning the $3 million grand prize. For a while, this unique performance earned him a spot in the top 10 of the eSports payroll charts alongside the best of Dota 2. In the end, it`s probably at or near the top of esports` best earners. Unfortunately, an accurate estimate of one`s net worth cannot be made reliably. Sam and Anne Mathews (son and mother) founded Fnatic in 2004 because they saw the potential future of eSports. They decided to build a team of good players from all over the world.
His League of Legends team won the first League of Legends World Championship in 2011. It holds the record for the most League of Legends Championship Series divided titles in the EU LCS. Of course, if Team Secret manages to reach TI`s top three spots for 2020, the team will win a significant share of the $40 million on offer. The Dota 2 ecosystem doesn`t seem to stop, and eSports players who turn professional will gain a lot. Matumbaman is just one of the hard-working and successful people. Astralis has been at the forefront of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene in every way. The team has four majors, three ESL Pro League titles and a host of other achievements. Of course, the team has long been at the top of the eSports merit charts in terms of prize pool revenue. How much an eSports player earns is a question that has long fascinated aspiring esports athletes. Today, we take the ten highest-earning eSports players in the world and focus on them. In addition to listing their net worth, we`ll provide brief details on how they started their careers and what game made them rich. Don`t be surprised if you discover that Dota 2 seems to be the game that brings the most dividends.
In the meantime, however, Dota 2 players who already play at the highest level of the game can expect to be well paid and earn several million prize pools. Sure, the competition is fierce and beating OG or Team Liquid can be a challenge in itself, but there`s a lot of talent in esports today and in Dota 2 in particular, so don`t let it go through the new faces to finish at the top of the eSports winning board. Streaming technically doesn`t count as eSports, but when it comes to financial success in games, that`s where the discussion starts and ends with Ninja. As KuroKy`s teammate, Amer “Miracle” Barqawi is one of the most profitable Dota 2 and eSports players. He made a lot of his fortune with Team Liquid and in direct cooperation with KuroKy, which is why he also decided to start again with Nigma. He was part of Team Liquid when they won The International in 2017. With a prize pool of $40 million, OG Dota may be looking to increase revenue and reach the top of the highest-paying eSports players in the history of all video games. Valorant prize pools have been quite small so far, with the biggest events being around $50,000. Salaries aren`t likely to be particularly high either, as players come from other eSports titles like CSGO, Fortnite, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown`s Battlegrounds, and more. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that while Fortnite is the “Name” video game of 2018, it`s not about to appear at the top of high-yield tournament games.
In fact, by far the most lucrative game is Dota and its variants. Dota2, in particular, seems to be where most of the money is these days. Dota 2 is an online multiplayer battle arena (MOBA) video game played in games between two teams of five players each, with each team occupying and defending its own base on the map. Each player independently controls a powerful character, their “hero”, who has a unique ability and a different style of play. Here are the players with the biggest cash prize in the history of esports, from today`s major games to the best titles of the past. Fortnite exploded in 2018. It quickly became one of the most played games in the world and it was only a matter of time before eSports did the same. This makes it a bit difficult to determine exactly who are really the richest and highest paid players in esports. Fly started his career in esports at the age of 17 and rose through the ranks to become one of the biggest names in Honor of Kings. In August 2021, his team, the Wolves, won the lion`s share of a $7.7 million prize pool after finishing first in the Honor of Kings World Cup in China. League of Legends star Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok`s victories are relatively modest compared to those of Dota 2`s top players, totaling $1.4 million in a career that includes three world championships and nine LCK titles. While it`s not an astronomical sum, it`s possible that Faker is the eternal best income in esports.
In 2016, Xyp9x told HLTV that he earned a salary of $9,000 per month, or more than $100,000 per year. This number has likely increased several times due to the inflated CSGO esports market. Cloud9 recently announced the signing of Alex “ALEX” McMeekin and revealed that his salary is worth $550,000 per year. There`s a good chance that Astralis team members will earn a lot more these days. Their most successful player, Sumail Hassan, started his successful Dota period in Pakistan. Sumail`s father found a job in the United States and Sumail joined Evil Geniuses in January 2015. A month later, the team won the Dota Asian Championships. It depends on how fast Valorant grows and what form its eSports scene takes over time. Right now, it`s growing in the same way as CSGO, where there are few barriers to entry for tournament organizers and esports organizations. Once Valorant gets past a certain point, there`s a good chance Riot can raise barriers to entry and create a league-based system similar to that of League of Legends. Tired of Dota 2 players? Don`t be like that yet, as all the best revenue seems to come from Valve`s MOBA titles.
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen is no exception, and he currently plays as a midfielder for his team. 2020 The International will be another opportunity for him to increase his revenues and win not only that, but also a third consecutive title, making OG the most successful team in the history of the game. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins probably has the largest bank account of any Fortnite professional and perhaps anyone else in competitive gaming. Ninja officially started with Halo 3 in esports and made decent money in the early years of Fortnite esports, while also earning victories at smaller events for other battle royalties. But the money he`s made from all these events is nothing compared to what he makes from streaming. Invictus Gaming was founded by businessman Wang Sicong. This is a multi-game eSports team with over 90 players, most of whom are from China. Invictus Gaming debuted in 2011 by winning the 2011 World Cyber Games. Most recently, the team won the 2018 Winter Demacia Cup and finished second in the 2019 Spring Split of the regular season. The announced deal will be the most expensive player contract/renewal in LCS history. Other big-budget signings include Jung “Impact” Eon-yeong`s three-year contract in 2017 and Cloud9`s acquisition of Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme for $1.5 million in 2019.
The normal salary of a top player varies from match to match. In Dota 2, players can get rich only through prize pool winnings, but in most cases, this comes at the expense of a stable salary. In fact, most of the successful Dota 2 teams in recent years haven`t even been part of a traditional multi-game eSports organization. This becomes doubly problematic in Dota 2, as it means coaches, managers, and other support staff are paid out of pocket by players. Bupha`s dominant performance by Sentinels at the Fortnite World Cup propelled the player into eSports supremacy in 2019, earning $3 million. Regardless, Miracle is one of the highest paid eSports players, and that`s a fact. Whether he increases his wealth would not matter much at this point, as the player is only interested in improving his team`s position in Dota 2. Epic Games wanted to make Fortnite eSports a big deal by spending tens of millions of dollars at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup.
The biggest winner of this event was solo champion Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf. He is now considered the core of OG Dota and is certainly one of the most dedicated players the gaming community has ever seen. While some have criticized her habits, Ana goes to great lengths to develop as a talented individual in the world`s most profitable game.