5 Of The Richest eSports Players In The World
Imagine if you could make millions off playing video games? Well, for some people they don't have to, it's their everyday life.
Let me introduce you to a few world famous eSports players, who through hard work and dedication have managed to rack up a pretty heft bank account.
This list is a random pick from some of the highest paid in the world, with all games varying in what the total prize pools are.
Amer "Miracle" Al-Barkawi
This 20-year-old from Jordan is an expert Dota 2 player who has accumulated a huge amount of cash. He has earned $3.2 million from 42 tournaments, which makes him the 2nd highest earning player in the world.
He joined the Balkan Bears team back in 2015 but after only four months he was back working as an independent player, where he would climb to the number one ranked player by MMR in the world.
He then joined OG, formerly (monkey) Business, who caused many an upset thanks to Miracle's strong performances. He finally left OG to join Team Liquid and has now won 17 tournaments.
Lee "Faker" Sang Hyeok
The richest League of Legends player in the world goes by the name of Faker. A 22-year-old from The Republic of Korea who has managed to earn above $1.17 million. He is also the highest paid gamer in the world outside of Dota 2.
He's an aggressive player to say the least and is referred to by many as being the best League of Legends player of all time.
He uses Ahri, Fizz, LeBlanc, Orianna, and Zed during tournaments and was recognised after he forced MVP Blue to surrender within 20 minutes at their first OnGameNet tournament.
Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn
Scarlett is the richest female eSports player in the world, choosing to compete in Star Craft. The 24-year-old gamer from Canada started to play in 2011 and since joined Zerg. She won both the 2011/12 NESL Iron Lady leagues and also won the Playhem "Sponsor Me!" competition in 2012.
She has earned roughly $274,309 from competitive gaming and there is no signs of her stopping.
She became Canada's national StarCraft II champion in 2012 after beating Ostojiy again with a 12-1 record.
Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi
The richest eSports player in the world in KuroKy. He focuses his gaming on Dota 2 and the Germnan born 25-year-old's earning have been increasing every year and has currently earned over $3.6 million.
He is very experienced in competitive Dota 2 play but always found it hard to win the biggest tournament of them all, The International. He has placed second in 2013 and that was his highest ever finish, until 2017 where he finally won and took home $2 million.
He was also a great Defense of the Ancients player but it was the sequel, Dota 2, where he found his rhythm.
Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
This 26_year-old is the hughest eSports earner in Brazil and currently holds over $770,000 in prize money. He gets his cash from playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and in 2012 he founded the Brazilian eSports organization Games Academy.
He turned pro in 2009 after being invited to pay for Firegamers, where he won the WCG 2009 Brazil Finals.
His Games Academy now has over 1,500 students enrolled who want to get better at Counter-Strike and is knows as one of the great eSports influencers in his home nation.
It definitely makes you question why you're still sat in your office when you could be earning a killing off playing your favourite games. With the way eSports is rising in popularity, there's no doubt that the prize pools will just get even bigger.
Words by: Matthew McGladdery