Credits to Ian Porter, better known as Crimsix

Ian Porter’s journey of making $1.5 million in the gaming industry

Gamers Stories Sep 11, 2022

Call of Duty is one of the most played games worldwide and being one of the best players in such a game is definitely a big deal. In this blog, we’ll be talking about one such player, Ian Porter, better known as Crimsix or C6. He has earned a whopping $1.3 million through COD tournaments.

Ian Porter’s early life

Ian Porter, better known as Crimsix, is an American professional Call of Duty player for the New York Subliners.In 2008, Ian began to notice the more skilled competitors in Major League Gaming (MLG) tournaments around the nation, and he also began to play more competitively via GameBattles. He returned to the Halo series after the release of Halo: Reach and was able to place fourth at MLG Columbus. He finished the season with a few more outstanding finishes. Ian personally made the decision to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 after Halo: Reach was removed from the Major League Gaming Pro Circuit in 2012 in favor of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. He was immediately successful, winning Machinima Frag Cup IV with compLexity Gaming, and continued the season by placing 4th at MLG Winter Championship 2013, becoming the first ever professional gamer in both Halo and Call of Duty.

Crimsix’s first tournament

Ian "Crimsix" Porter started playing video games competitively in 2008 after he observed that there were a lot of talented players participating at MLG tournaments all over the country. He started competing on the MLG Pro circuit after Halo: release Reach's and finished fourth at MLG Columbus. Porter kept winning at other competitions throughout the remainder of the season. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 replaced Halo: Reach in the MLG Pro Circuit in 2012, though.

Ian "Crimsix" Porter started playing video games competitively in 2008
Credits to ebaum's. Ian and his team winning a tournament

Crimsix’s teams throughout his career

As an Esports competitor, he has represented multiple organizations in multiple game titles, most notably representing Optic Gaming in Call of Duty. let's take a look at the teams, Ian has played for.

compLexity Gaming (2012-2014)

Black Ops 2

Porter switched from Halo to Call of Duty in December 2012, joining the compLexity Gaming team along with ACHES, TeePee, and FEARS. After some disappointing early-season performances, compLexity would add Clayster to the lineup and go on to become one of the most successful Call of Duty teams ever put together. As they continued to totally dominate the second half of the Black Ops 2 season, winning nearly every event both nationally and internationally, they would find rapid success and take home the victory at the very next competition.


With the team winning the MLG Columbus 2013, the dominance would continue going into Ghosts, but the squad opted to drop Clayster because of internal issues. He would be replaced by world champion Karma, and the team would immediately click and win the following competition. Porter and his teammates would easily win the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, losing just 4 maps throughout the entire competition. Following their victory as global champions, they went on to win the MLG CoD League Season 1 Playoffs and UGC Niagara 2014. CompLexity would reveal that Evil Geniuses had acquired the roster following the May 6, 2014, tournament.

Evil Geniuses (2014)

The squad maintained a top place in the league after transferring to the new organization, and they were the first to secure a spot in the championship bracket at MLG Anaheim. with the MLG X Games Invitational's inaugural LAN event. Due to their victory at the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, the squad entered the competition as the number one seed. They won the second seed in their group, setting up a semifinal matchup with OpTic Gaming. They were defeated 3-1 in the game and dropped to the bronze medal match. At the first-ever MLG competition at the X Games, they would defeat EnVyUs and win the bronze medal.

After the victory at ESWC 2014, it was very clear that the roster would not be sticking together heading into the Advanced Warfare season. On November 14, 2014, it was revealed that all 5 players' contracts were bought out by OpTic Gaming.

Optic Gaming (2014-2019)

Nadeshot, Scump, Formal, and Crimsix made up the squad, which won three of the first five competitions of the year. However, the team did poorly at the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, finishing seventh. Because of this terrible ranking, Nadeshot was forced to quit, which made room for Karma from Optic Nation, a former teammate of Porter's. At UMG California 2015, which the squad would win, Karma would finally make his competitive debut. In the remaining six competitions of the year, this roster would finish the first three times and the second three other times.

After it was revealed that Black Ops 4 will include a 5-player roster, OpTic made the decision to omit Methodz and Octane in favor of youthful players Dashy and TJHaLy, as well as bringing Karma back into the starting lineup. With Crimsix, Scump, Dashy, TJHaly, and Karma on the roster as of right now, they would win the 2019 CWL Las Vegas Open, the first event of the year, and their first Major tournament victory since the 2017 CWL Championship. Throughout the rest of the season, Porter and the team would finish well, landing in the top 3 on several occasions, but they would not take home another event victory.

Dallas Empire (2020-2021)

Activision would declare that the Call of Duty professional circuit would transition to a city-based franchised league modeled after the Overwatch League on October 10, 2019. Dallas Empire, a Team Envy-owned organization, would make the announcement that Porter had joined their team on October 18, 2019.

Crimsix stayed with the Dallas Empire for the Black Ops Cold War season, with the team failing to win any of the season's five majors and finishing third during the Championship Weekend. After the end of the season, the Dallas Empire and Crimsix announced that he would be allowed to leave the team as a Restricted Free Agent.

New York Subliners (2021-present)

On October 22, 2021, Crimsix tweeted that he would be joining the New York Subliners for the next 2021–2022 CDL season. Neptune, Hydra, and the three-time World Champion Clayster are among the new Subliners roster members that were also revealed in the tweet. With Crimsix, Hydra, Kismet, and PaulEhx, New York won the 2022 Pro-Am Classic after battling through the first two majors.

Credits to liquipedia. Ian for New York sublimers.

Crimix’s net worth of $1.3 million through gaming

C6 has consistently excelled for years. C6 has earned more than $1 million in wins throughout the course of his career, having won three world championships and 37 important competitions.

  • Porter earned most of his wealth from the Esports tournaments he participated in (over $1.3 million), sponsors, selling merch, salary from his Esports organizations, and ads on his YouTube channel.
  • On YouTube, Porter has over 69 million views, meaning about $200k in revenue before taxes.
  • Ian also makes money from streaming on Twitch, where he has more than 449k followers and over 1,600 subs (about $4k in revenue per month).

Porter has made a huge fortune from gaming in the past decade and it was all his consistency and hard work that led him to this position today.

Interesting facts about Crimix (C6) and his journey in the Esports industry

  • Crimsix was the first person in the world to earn the title: "Major League Gaming Pro Player", in both Halo & Call of Duty.
  • Crimsix was one of six players to be a part of the compLexity/Evil Geniuses dynasty; winning a total of 14 events with/during this dynasty.
  • Crimsix was one of six players to be a part of the OpTic Gaming dynasty; winning a total of 18 tournaments with/during this dynasty.
  • Crimsix is the winningest player in Call of Duty history with 38 Major championship wins.
  • Crimsix has been the winningest player in Call of Duty history since May 2015.
  • Crimsix is the only player in Call of Duty who has won 5 back to back ESWC Championships.

We hope this blog gave you an insight into the life of Ian Porter aka Crimsix and how he achieved so much through gaming.

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