Top 5 Richest Esports Players in History

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Just a few years ago, professional gamers were playing for relatively small amounts of money, but that has changed dramatically. Fans are now watching esports events in their millions, a popularity that has developed largely due to the increasing popularity of Twitch. Since Twitch launched, there has been a consistent growth in audience size that is accelerating.

Not surprisingly, the increase in viewership has coincided with a significant increase in prize money on offer. More than $200 million was won through over 4,200 tournaments in 2021 alone. For comparison, only $14 million was spent in 2012.

The tenth edition of Valve’s annual Dota 2 event, The International, produced a significant percentage of the prize money win total for 2021. The 18 competing teams in that event shared a whopping $40 million in prize money, with ultimate champions Team Spirit taking home $18.2 million.

Of course, these numbers have had an impact on the personal wealth of the very best esports players. Here are five of the most financially successful esports players of all time.

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein – Dota 2

DOTA 2 esports betting PhilippinesN0tail, as he is known in the esports scene, is the captain of OG, one of the most successful Dota 2 teams, which began making waves in the competitive world almost as soon as it was created in 2015.

Overall he has earned approximately $7 million, making him the richest professional competitive player ever.  He has achieved this through his dedication to Dota 2, which he has played from the age of 15.

Overall earnings: $6,976,271

Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka – Dota 2

DOTA 2 esports betting PhilippinesJesse “JerAx” Vainikka, like N0tail, soon developed a name for himself with Dota 2 team OG and won 2019 The International event before retiring in 2020. JerAx’s role as a support player was distinct, and the player has over 12 years of competitive Dota experience.

He has played for some of the top teams in the world, including Team Liquid, but it was with OG Dota that he climbed to prominence and amassed an enviable sum of money at a young age, becoming a millionaire as a result of his passion for gaming.

Overall earnings: $6,470,680

Anatham “ana” Pham – Dota 2

DOTA 2 esports betting PhilippinesAnatham “ana” Pham is another well-paid Dota 2 player who has proven successful in some of the biggest tournaments.

He is widely regarded as the foundation of OG Dota and he is unquestionably one of the game’s and gaming community’s most passionate players. Ana devotes a great deal of time and effort to developing himself as a talented player in the world’s most popular game.

He relocated to Shanghai at the age of 16 to play for Invictus Gaming before joining OG in 2016. His journey continues to inspire, but it also serves as a reminder that pursuing your aspirations is not without risk. Ana did drop out of high school to devote more time to Dota 2. Ana’s dedication has paid off, as he has gone on to win numerous Dota 2 events and became the world’s third highest-paid cyber athlete.

Overall earnings: $6,000,000

Ian “C6” Porter – Call Of Duty

cod iconThe North American Call of Duty star C6 has remained at the top of his game for years. During his career, he has won three World Championships and 38 international tournaments, accumulating over $1 million in winnings. He first made his entry to the world of professional esports playing Halo: Reach, but switched to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. He has played for some of the world’s biggest esports teams, most notably Evil Geniuses and Optic Gaming, and holds the record as the winningest player in the history of the sport.

Overall earnings: $1,300,000

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – League Of Legends

lol online betting PhilippinesFaker is can claim to be the most famous esports player ever and was the consistent factor in the team T1 winning three global championships. The 25-year-old won the world championship in League of Legends in his first season and is currently recognized as the best player to ever compete in the game.

Lee is famous for his strong mechanical ability and a versatile champion pool. He is the first player in the LCK to attain 1,000 and 2,000 kills, as well as the first to play 600 and 700 games. Lee is one of only two players in League of Legends history to have won the World Championship three times, in 2013, 2015, and 2016.

He also won the 2014 All-Star Paris tournament, the 2016 and 2017 Mid-Season Invitational tournaments, and the 2016 IEM World Championship. As a result of his World Championship victories, he now has three different League of Legends skins.

Overall earnings: $1,300,000

Author: Mike Diaz