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Top 10 Highest Earning Esports Players in the World

Community Mar 29, 2022

t was an eventful last year, with a sudden rise in Esports in general. This year too, it seems that Esports will keep holding on to being one of the most popular sports in the world. This also might make you curious as to who could be some of the richest Esports players in the world. Well, to give you an idea of how much an Esports player earns, and how, here are the top 10 highest earning Esports players in the world.

You can start small, and then always go-ahead to become a pro.
You can start small, and then always go-ahead to become a pro.

Top 10 highest earning Esports players in the world

Johan "N0tail" Sundstein

To date, N0tail is the highest-earning Esports player in the world. Most gamers know him as an extremely popular DOTA 2 player, but this was not the first game that he got into professionally. N0tail began with Heroes of Newerth at first, and he won quite a lot of awards and achievements during this period.

Credits to Upstation Asia. Johan "N0tail" Sundstein.

Unfortunately, the game started to die, and N0tail decided to switch to DOTA 2. During this time, he was associated with Fnatic and switched over to their DOTA 2 team. From there on, he managed to earn a special place in the hearts of all the DOTA players due to his strategy and gameplay. Currently, he is in OG. He had switched over from Fnatic to Team Secret, and then Cloud9, too! His total net worth to date stands at approximately $7 million.

Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka

JerAx has managed to climb the ladder to being one of the richest Esports players in the world is another DOTA 2 player. Almost just like N0tail, JerAx began his gaming career by playing Heroes of Newerth. However, after quite some years, he finally made the switch to DOTA 2 professionally. From then on, he continued playing till 2020, when he finally retired. Fans were heartbroken over the retirement, and still, use his tactics to improve their game play.

Credits to hOlyhexOr. Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka

Nonetheless, he has been playing Evil Geniuses from that point on. He has a net worth of approximately $6.5 million, and that brings him to second place.

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf

This Fortnite player has managed to come a long way from being a small streamer to one who has starred in a film. He has won multiple awards, including even the Fortnite World Cup. This was the first game he played professionally and has been trying to be the best at it still. He was introduced to Fortnite by his father, who was also a gamer, by the way! He was interested when Fortnite came up with the "Save the World" mode.

Credits to GlobeNewswire. Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf.

Apart from winning tournaments and leagues, he streams on various platforms like YouTube and Twitch. Hence, he has various sources of earnings and has a net worth of approximately $6–7 million, and gets into a tie situation with JerAx. It is quite interesting to see how Fortnite has risen to the level of DOTA 2 and other FPS games in such a short amount of time.

Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok

If you are a League of Legends fan or follow the game religiously, you will know who Faker is. He is one of the best players in the game right now, having won the League of Legends World Championship three times. He has already set a world record to his name, and he is an absolute beast in this game. Being such an amazing player, and also streaming on Twitch and posting videos on YouTube gives him an extra earning. Apart from these, he has some high-profile sponsors like Red Bull and many others.

Credits to The Loadout. Lee "Faker" Sang-hyeok.

He plays professionally for T1 and continues to dominate the world of LOL. As we found out, his net worth comes to approximately $4 million.

Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen

All those who worship CS: GO, and have been following the game for quite some time, will know of Dupreeh. He has been playing since 2012 and has come quite far in his journey. He had started with Team 3DMAX and had managed to establish his stepping stone. However, over time, he had joined a number of Esports teams and began amassing a slew of awards. He was officially added to Team Vitality only a few months ago.

Credits to Gaimer. Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen.

His net worth is estimated to be around $1.9 million based on all of his prize money and earnings from tournaments and being a member of an official Esports team. This is quite a high amount with respect to the fact that he does not stream, unlike most of the Esports players now.

Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth

Another CS: GO player has been added to the list of the top 10 highest earning Esports players in the world. He has been in the professional field since 2013 and started with Fnatic. Currently, he plays with Astralis and has won 3 major leagues consecutively. This is quite a phenomenal event in the CS: Go world, and he has already established himself as one of the deadliest pros in the gaming world.

Credits to TalkEsports. Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth.

His net worth is now approximately $1.5-1.8 million, all of which comes from the tournament money, and the salary he gets from the team. All of his earnings come from professional tournaments and leagues, as he does not stream on any platform.

Ian "C6" Porter

One of the most well-known and talented professional players in the Call of Duty scene. He is known for his unique strategies, and tactics, and how he can change them easily whenever there is a major change in the game. One such extraordinary tactic that he came up with recently was when he changed his gamer id from Crimsix to C6, so it would be more difficult to see his gamer tag through smoke and bushes.

Credits to EarlyGame. Ian "C6" Porter.

Currently, he is with the New York Subliners after he opted out of Optic Gaming. It was very difficult for C6 when he was with Optic, as he had faced quite a few betrayals from people whom he thought were close to him. However, his net worth stands to be around $1.2 million right now.

Alec "Arcitys" Sanderson

Another Call of Duty pro is Arcitys, who has been in the COD scene since 2016. However, it was quite recently when he became more popular. In 2021, he had managed to win quite a few major leagues and tournaments and had won $300,000. This boosted his career and made him rise on the earning chart.

Credits to ESPN. Alec "Arcitys" Sanderson.

His net worth is estimated to be approximately $1.1 million, which is quite a great start and will hopefully keep growing over the years if he holds on to his present form.

Seth "Scump" Abner

If you have followed COD for quite a long time, then you might have already witnessed Scump’s journey from the beginning. He started in 2012 and has risen to be an absolute beast in the game. To date, he has won multiple COD championships and even various tournaments. We cannot even keep a count of all the titles he has under his belt. He had started with Quantic LeveraGe. He then went to Optic Gaming. However, he played with Envy for a brief amount of time, and then again returned to Optic.

Credits to ESTNN. Seth "Scump" Abner

His earnings come from all the leagues and tournaments, from his team organization, and also from Twitch. His net worth has been estimated to be around $1.06 million at this point.

Joona "Serral" Sotala

Lastly, we have Serral from Starcraft II. Though there aren't many Starcraft players among the top ten highest-earning Esports players in the world. However, Serral has proved otherwise. He was the first non-Korean player to win the StarCraft II World Championship Series, and this changed his career completely. From then on, he kept on rising and conquering many titles and leagues.

Credits to XSPORT. Joona "Serral" Sotala.

Currently, he is with ENCE Esports and has recently surpassed Rogue, who is one of the most popular pros in the game. His net worth is estimated to be about $1 million.


This was our list of the top 10 Highest Earning Esports Players in the World. This list keeps on changing as players keep rising and falling through the charts throughout their gaming careers. It is quite unpredictable when a player might start climbing the charts and when someone goes down. Stay tuned to our blogs to keep getting updates about who is ruling the charts.

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