Top 20 Highest Earning eSports Organizations

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In total, the number of prizes is selected to 1 billion dollars, transferred to professionals for all titles. Let’s look at how much the best eSports professionals have earned to date!

Today, prize money in ESports is staggering, professionals have long earned more than many representatives of big sports.

The large investments that eSports has received recently indicate a growing popularity in this area. The latest Dota 2 tournament (The International 2019) offers a prize pool of more than $34 million to its competitors.

The last decade of prize money won per year directly reflects the growth in esports.

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Big money investment has resulted in the ‘esports boom’ (elevated interest in the esports ecosystem, leading to both transient and long-term growth); causing a linear increase in the prize money being dished out. 

Now that esports is more stable and profitable than ever, the amount of prize money offered by events is at an all-time high, with this calendar year set to surpass previous years by a considerable amount. Here are the top 20 highest paying esports events, filtered by prize pool offered.

Top 20 highest paying esports events

  Title Event Prize pool Year
1 Dota 2 The International $34,330,069.00 2019
2 Dota 2 The International $25,532,177.00 2018
3 Dota 2 The International $24,687,919.00 2017
4 Dota 2 The International $20,770,460.00 2016
5 Dota 2 The International $18,429,613.05 2015
6 Fortnite World Cup: Solos $15,287,500.00 2019
7 Fortnite World Cup: Duos $15,100,000.00 2019
8 Dota 2 The International $10,931,103.00 2014
9 League of Legends Worlds 2018 $6,450,000.00 2018
10 League of Legends Worlds 2016 $5,070,000.00 2016
11 League of Legends Worlds 2017 $4,946,969.00 2017
12 Fortnite Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series $4,000,000.00 2018
13 Fortnite World Cup: Creative $3,250,000.00 2019
14 Dota 2 Asia Championships $3,057,521.00 2015
15 Dota 2 Boston Major $3,000,000.00 2016
16 Dota 2 Frankfurt Major $3,000,000.00 2015
17 Dota 2 Kiev Major $3,000,000.00 2017
18 Dota 2 Manila Major $3,000,000.00 2016
19 Dota 2 Shanghai Major $3,000,000.00 2016
20 Dota 2 The International  $2,874,381.00 2013

Global esports market is set to break the $1 billion mark for revenue generated (27% up on the previous year).

Top 20 highest earning esports organizations

  Organization Earnings Number of tournaments
1 Team Liquid $33,708,806.21 1601
2 OG $33,410,175.00 68
3 Evil Geniuses $22,858,319.11 790
4 Fnatic $14,089,971.20 845
5 Newbee $13,960,187.82 174
6 Virtus.pro $13,642,183.37 468
7 Vici Gaming $12,185,473.01 266
8 Team Secret $10,938,648.13 194
9 LGD Gaming $10,752,003.42 131
10 Invictus Gaming $10,674,800.62 428
11 Natus Vincere $9,759,224.90 424
12 Wings Gaming $9,745,472.22 27
13 Cloud9 $9,155,539.46 662
14 SK Telecom T1 $9,093,858.98 247
15 Paris Saint-German Esports $8,994,818.59 56
16 OpTic Gaming $7,810,017.71 290
17 FaZe Clan $7,559,934.51 274
18 Astralis $6,722,418.81 71
19 Team EnVyUs $6,478,343.47 317
20 SK Gaming $6,292,140.16 650

Of course, none of the aforementioned success would be possible without the athletes who represent their respective teams. As a player, winning some of the largest prize pools makes you immediately more marketable to an organization. A prime example of this is the Dota 2 quintet from OG Esports (namely: N0tail, JerAx, ana, Ceb and Topson). 

Top 20 highest earning esports pros

  Name Title Nationality Earnings
1 Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein Dota 2 Danish $6,889,591.79
2 Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka Dota 2 Finnish $6,469,000.02
3 Anathan ‘ana’ Pham Dota 2 Australian $5,999,411.96
4 Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs Dota 2 French $5,488,233.01
5 Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen Dota 2 Finnish $5,413,446.17
6 Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi Dota 2 German $5,128,788.15
7 Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi Dota 2 Jordanian $4,692,418.88
8 Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Ivanov Dota 2 Bulgarian $4,483,493.36
9 Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej Dota 2 Lebanese $4,086,426.44
10 Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan Dota 2 Pakistani  $3,590,225.34
11 Lasse ‘Matumbaman’ Urpalainen Dota 2 Finnish $3,557,781.04
12 Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora Dota 2 American $3,038,937.67
13 Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf Fortnite American $3,034,400.00
14 Peter ‘ppd’ Dager Dota 2 American $3,001,531.36
15 Lu ‘Somnus丶M’ Yao Dota 2 Chinese $2,916,865.42
16 Xu ‘fy’ Linsen Dota 2 Chinese $2,825,674.64
17 Clement ‘Puppey’ Ivanov Dota 2 Estonian $2,655,686.23
18 Clinton ‘Fear’ Loomis Dota 2 American $2,531,840.19
19 Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson Dota 2 Swedish $2,502,654.11
20 Ludwig ‘Zai’ Wåhlberg Dota 2 Swedish $2,315,218.85

Interestingly, Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf is the only non-Dota player to make the top 20, off the back of his solos win at the Fortnite World Cup. Although, given the global scope of esports in this modern era, the list is comprised of athletes from all over the world, with no single nation taking precedence. 

Other notable mentions include: David ‘Aquav2’ W and Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist Pedersen, whom sit just inside the top 50 following their duos win at the Fortnite World Cup. The Astralis core: Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen, Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz and Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander sit within the top 60 following their dominant run in CS:GO (dubbed the Astralis era).

League of Legends phenom and three-time world champion, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok makes the list at 66th, being the only LoL player to earn over $1million. The highest placing console player is three time Call of Duty world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, who sits just outside the top 100 at 106th — highlighting the considerable distance between both PC and console prize pools.

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