About a decade ago, gaming was not considered a profession, but in recent times professional gamers have emerged and are making a fortune through those games. With the technological advancements and innovations that were implemented in modern games, they are now referred to as professional games and no longer just video games. A career in professional gaming is now possible with the introduction of some very profitable games like League of Legends and Dota 2.
In professional gaming, some gurus have made quite a fortune playing these games; these are the richest gamers in the world. The best gamers in the world fit in as analysts and predictors of the outcomes of a game. We have detailed the professional gamers in the world and the extent of affluence they have acquired by playing games online.
The Top Ten Richest Gamers In The World
Below are the wealthiest professional gamers in the world currently;
1. Tyler Blevins
Gaming Icon: “Ninja”
Net worth: $15 Million
Ninja is the richest pro gamer and also the most well-known gamer in the world. Tyler Blevins rose to fame majorly due to his welcoming and entertaining personality. With his elite skills, he capitalized on some of his battle royale titles like Ninja and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to become one of the richest gamers in the world.
Ninja is more of a professional streamer than a professional gamer. This is because he amounted much of his wealth from being a streamer than participating in actual tournaments and competitions. Though Ninja is estimated to have a net worth of $15 million, there are speculations that Ninja was paid about $30 million to leave Twitch and stream only on Microsoft’s streaming platform; Mixer. Since his income still pools from professional gaming, he is one of the richest gamers in the world.
2. Johan Sundstein
Gaming Icon: “N0tail”
Net worth: $6.8 Million
N0tail is one of the richest gamers in the world and the captain of the OG, the only professional Dota 2 team to have ever won The International twice consecutively. He earned the GOAT professional gamer title for these big wins. He also holds records to have won the most prestigious tournaments in esports and is a record-holder for the largest esports prize pool ever in The International.
Because the gameplay mechanics of Dota 2 is continually evolving, No team in Dota 2 has merited wins twice in the tournament; but with N0tail as the head of the OG squad, this feat was achieved. Added to this huge success, N0tail has won multiple Valve Majors which earned him a number 4 under his belt.
He is speculated to be the greatest player in Dota 2 and the number one of the richest gamers in the world if he makes a third straight win at The International.
3. Jesse Vainikka
Gaming Icon: “JerAx”
Net worth: $6.4 Million
You cannot complete the list of the richest esports gamer and richest gamers in the world without mentioning JerAx, who used to be a former teammate with N0tail in OG for three years, JerAx is well-rated among the best position 4 players in Dota 2 and one of the gamers who earn the most in esports.
Though JerAx and N0tail are now teammates, both used to be neck-deep rivals when N0tail was a Finnish professional Dota 2 player for Team Liquid alongside KuroKy; another Dota 2 legend.
But when JerAx switched teams to OG in 2016, both players started getting along. JerAx has now largely contributed to part of OG’s successful tournaments; even setting him as one of the richest gamers in the world. He is also well-known for his plays on Tusk, Earth Spirit, and Rubick, among others. Asides from winning two TIs in OG, he also has two Valve Major wins in the team, and other tournament wins. He officially retired after his second TI win at The International 2019.
4. Anathan Pham
Gaming Icon: “Ana”
Net worth: $6 Million
Pham is one of the richest persons in professional gaming and the most mechanically skilled player in Dota 2. He rose to fame from being a pub player under a Chinese squad before he was spotted by OG. The number four of the richest gamers in the world was tutored by the former OG captain Tal Aizik or “Fly” and professional gamer N0tail. Under the tutelage of both skilled gamers, he won two Valve Majors and became the best player in Dota 2 two years afterward.
OG won The International 2018 with Ana as the last-minute lineup for the game. From winning The International 2018 they emerged from being an Open Qualifier team to become champions of the game. Ana, one of the richest gamers in the world also helped OG win The International 2019 which was the second time in a row that the team had won the prestigious tournament.
5. Sébastien Debs
Gaming Icon: “Ceb”
Net worth: $5.4 Million
Ceb is currently the coach of OG rated as one of the richest persons in esports. He used to be a nerd professional Dota 2 player and analyst with eccentric ideas that he never applied strategically to win games practically.
But when he became the coach of OG, his career in professional gaming escalated after guiding OG to 4 Valve Major wins; The International 2018 and The International 2019.
Ceb experienced his acme as a professional gamer and became one of the richest gamers in the world after filling the offline role for the team. He is now one of the richest gamers in the world with so much inspiration and performance as a caster and coach.
6. Topias Taavitsainen
Gaming Icon: “Topson”
Net worth: $5.4 Million
Topias Taavitsainen is considered the most successful of the five players of OG and the wealthiest pro gamer in the Feb team. Topson is also on record as the only team player of OG that has won every TI he has played in since the history of Dota 2; his other 4 teammates also made contributions to ranking him as one of the richest gamers in the world.
7. Kuro Salehi Takhasomi
Gaming Icon: “KuroKy”
Net worth: $5.1 million
Kuroky is referred to as the GOAT of Dota 2 and is rated among the wealthiest professional gamers in the world. KuroKy was 16 years old when he became a professional player and has experienced a ton of success since then.
He is on record as one of the two best players in the world to have played on every “The International” so far. He got to a culmination of his career under the Team Liquid squad as Team Liquid’s captain, where he led Team Liquid to a win at The International 2017.
Even though Team Liquid didn’t win the title defense in TI8, he was able to book a return trip of Team Liquid to the finals of The International 2019, where they eventually lost in the Grand Finals OG. KuroKy is still resilient even though his team has lost twice in the Grand Finals of a TI consecutively. He formed his gaming squad Team Nigma after Team Liquid’s loss to OG during the TI9.
8. Amer Al-Barkawi
Gaming Icon: “Miracle”
Net worth: $4.7 Million
Amer Al-Barkawi or Miracle is one of the professional gamers that has earned the most by gaming in the world and a former team player of KuroKy when he was still signed with Team Liquid. Miracle has also played in the gaming squad – the OG where he won two Valve Majors that ranked him as one of the game’s up-and-coming talents.
While he was with Team Liquid, Miracle won a TI at The International 2017 and also made it upfront to the finals at The International 2019; these made part contributions to his rating among the richest gamers in the world. The Jordan-born professional gamer is still teammates with KuroKy under Team Nigma and is largely regarded as one of the most versatile and mechanically-skilled players in Dota 2.
9. Ivan Ivanov
Gaming Icon: “MinD_ContRoL”
Net worth: $4.5 Million
MinD_ContRoL is one of the wealthiest persons in pro-gaming. He used to be the captain of the gaming team – 5Jungz squad that was formed in 2015 by KuroKy. MinD_ContRoL is one of the most valuable players in Dota 2 and won’t be let off by KuroKy anytime soon. Throughout his career, he has been very successful as a professional gamer.
MinD_ContRoL is very skilled as an offline and is popular for his micro-skills on Beastmaster and Nature’s Prophet. Even as one of the richest gamers in the world, after his play, his team – Team Liquid lost to OG in the Grand Finale of The International 2019. However, he is still rated among the richest gamers in the world based on his recent earnings.
10. Maroun Merhej
Gaming Icon: “GH”
Net worth: $4.1 Million
Maroun Merhej is the top earner in pro gaming while signed under the Team Liquid gaming team since 2016. GH has made a lot of wealth playing under Team Liquid; his presence in the team also rates it as one of the greatest professional gaming teams in the world currently.
Some of the numerous tournaments that Team Liquid has won with GH as one of its professional gamers include; first place at the 2017 International games and second place at the International games in 2019.
GH also plays with Nigma where he motivates his fellow players to bring out the best in them, and also brings them up to join the queue of the richest gamers in the world. He has played alongside Rubick, Wisp, and Earthshaker.
We have detailed the richest gamers in the world. Most of these professional players are gamers that play Dota 2. Dota 2 has The International, a new record in a sport where gamers earn a great fortune.
Some of the professional gamers earn their money from other sources asides from the tournament winnings, this is the same in physical sports, just like the richest teams in PSL. These include the gaming professionals signed to the teams under the professional leagues of Overwatch and the League of Legends. These professional gamers earn a lot from their salaries which are not usually disclosed more than from the tournament winnings.