Top 20 Highest Earning eSports Organizations

Top 20 Highest Earning eSports Organizations

01.09.2019 0 By Butcher79

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.


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

 TitleEventPrize poolYear
1Dota 2The International$34,330,069.002019
2Dota 2The International$25,532,177.002018
3Dota 2The International$24,687,919.002017
4Dota 2The International$20,770,460.002016
5Dota 2The International$18,429,613.052015
6FortniteWorld Cup: Solos$15,287,500.002019
7FortniteWorld Cup: Duos$15,100,000.002019
8Dota 2The International$10,931,103.002014
9League of LegendsWorlds 2018$6,450,000.002018
10League of LegendsWorlds 2016$5,070,000.002016
11League of LegendsWorlds 2017$4,946,969.002017
12FortniteFortnite Fall Skirmish Series$4,000,000.002018
13FortniteWorld Cup: Creative$3,250,000.002019
14Dota 2Asia Championships$3,057,521.002015
15Dota 2Boston Major$3,000,000.002016
16Dota 2Frankfurt Major$3,000,000.002015
17Dota 2Kiev Major$3,000,000.002017
18Dota 2Manila Major$3,000,000.002016
19Dota 2Shanghai Major$3,000,000.002016
20Dota 2The International $2,874,381.002013

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

 OrganizationEarningsNumber of tournaments
1Team Liquid$33,708,806.211601
3Evil Geniuses$22,858,319.11790
7Vici Gaming$12,185,473.01266
8Team Secret$10,938,648.13194
9LGD Gaming$10,752,003.42131
10Invictus Gaming$10,674,800.62428
11Natus Vincere$9,759,224.90424
12Wings Gaming$9,745,472.2227
14SK Telecom T1$9,093,858.98247
15Paris Saint-German Esports$8,994,818.5956
16OpTic Gaming$7,810,017.71290
17FaZe Clan$7,559,934.51274
19Team EnVyUs$6,478,343.47317
20SK Gaming$6,292,140.16650

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

1Johan ‘N0tail’ SundsteinDota 2Danish$6,889,591.79
2Jesse ‘JerAx’ VainikkaDota 2Finnish$6,469,000.02
3Anathan ‘ana’ PhamDota 2Australian$5,999,411.96
4Sébastien ‘Ceb’ DebsDota 2French$5,488,233.01
5Topias ‘Topson’ TaavitsainenDota 2Finnish$5,413,446.17
6Kuro ‘KuroKy’ TakhasomiDota 2German$5,128,788.15
7Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-BarkawiDota 2Jordanian$4,692,418.88
8Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ IvanovDota 2Bulgarian$4,483,493.36
9Maroun ‘GH’ MerhejDota 2Lebanese$4,086,426.44
10Sumail ‘SumaiL’ HassanDota 2Pakistani $3,590,225.34
11Lasse ‘Matumbaman’ UrpalainenDota 2Finnish$3,557,781.04
12Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ AroraDota 2American$3,038,937.67
13Kyle ‘Bugha’ GiersdorfFortniteAmerican$3,034,400.00
14Peter ‘ppd’ DagerDota 2American$3,001,531.36
15Lu ‘Somnus丶M’ YaoDota 2Chinese$2,916,865.42
16Xu ‘fy’ LinsenDota 2Chinese$2,825,674.64
17Clement ‘Puppey’ IvanovDota 2Estonian$2,655,686.23
18Clinton ‘Fear’ LoomisDota 2American$2,531,840.19
19Gustav ‘s4’ MagnussonDota 2Swedish$2,502,654.11
20Ludwig ‘Zai’ WåhlbergDota 2Swedish$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.