1. Park “loki” Jeong Yeong – $705,000 (Pubg)
Over the last few years, the 22 years old age South Korean PUBG competitor has been on a roll. On several occasions, he finished in the top three, won the PUBG Global Invitational in 2018, and dominated the MET Asia Series in 2019.
2. Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom – $685,000 (Halo)
The North American Halo player has excelled in four of the franchise’s games, with most of his performance coming in Halo 5: Guardians. This includes Frosty and CLG’s $1 million wins at the 2016 Halo World Championship.
3. Lee “Flash” Young Ho – $669,000 (Starcraft: Brood War)
One of the most prestigious figures of the first age of esports is Starcraft: Brood War. The game was almost exclusively played in Korea, and the level of competition was so high that new players seldom rose to the top and dominated the old guard.
4. Joona “Serral” Sotala – $911,000 (Starcraft 2)
Serral, a Finnish-born player who has quickly established his supremacy in the world of SC2, has quickly risen to become one of the game’s most popular players in terms of prize winnings. Serral’s earnings were boosted in 2018 when he became the first non-Korean player to win the $280,000 StarCraft II World Championship Series.
5. Feg – $1 million (Shadowverse)
In 2018, a Japanese representative feg made his second appearance at the Shadowverse World Grand Prix, proving himself on the big stage and earning the right to be called a champion. Feg was the underdog in the digital card game competition, but instead of cracking under the heat, he went on to win it all.
6. Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – $1.3 million (League of Legends)
Faker, the most popular professional gamer of all time, is the only constant on the rosters of T1’s three world championships. In his first season, the 24-year-old won the world championship, and he is now known as the best player to ever compete in the League.
7. Ian “C6” Porter – $1.2 million (Call of Duty)
C6, the Call of Duty star from North America, has been at the top of his game for years. C6 has won three world championships and 37 major tournaments throughout his career, totaling more than $1 million in prize money.
8. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen – $1.9 million (CS:GO)
Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, a Danish frag master, won his fourth Valve Major in 2019 with one of the greatest CS: GO teams of all time. Dupreeh was a huge part of Astralis’ rise to prominence, helping them clean up their act and push to the top of the Counter-Strike rankings.
9. Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf – $3.2 million (Fortnite)
The popularity of Fortnite skyrocketed in 2018. It quickly became one of the most popular games on the planet, and esports was only a matter of time before they followed suit. Epic Games, the creators of the construction-crazed, kid-friendly hit, put millions of dollars into tournaments for the game, and one player, in particular, came out on top.
10. Johan “Notail” Sundstein – $6.9 million (Dota 2)
After guiding OG to victory at The International for the second year in a row, the Danish Dota 2 expert became the maximum earner in all of esports in 2019. Apart from his profitable paydays at TI8 and TI9, Notail has had long stretches with OG and Fanatic before TI.