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Top 10 Highest Overall Earnings in Esports

The recent dota 2 tournament has had an effect

Following the largest esports tournament of the year, and in the history of the industry, The International 2019, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look at the highest overall earnings esports has to offer. It comes as no surprise then, that the entire top 10 includes active Dota 2 professionals – the title pretty much dominates the top 50 too.

10. Sumail “sUMAIL” HASSAN$3,589,963.14

Our first Dota 2 competitor, currently playing under Evil Geniuses after a Top 6 finish at this year’s The International 2019, he’s had a stellar career until now. This placing follows consecutive third-place finishes at TI8 and TI6; having claimed victory at TI5. His career is also punctuated with various other wins at Dota 2 Majors resulting in an impressive overall earnings figure with early beginnings. So much so, he is the youngest player to win an official Valve event, being only 15 with his first win – going on to win TI5 at the age of 16.


9. Maroun “GH” Merhej – $4,085,452.44

8. Ivan “MinD_ContRol” Ivanov- $4,482,519.36

7. Armer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi- $4,691,444.88

6. Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi – $5,127,814.15

With the exception of their teammate in Aliwi “w33” Omar, who recently joined instead of “Mutambaman”, the entirety of the current Team Liquid roster finds themselves in the top 10. Following an achieved fourth place last year at TI8, they were hoping to replicate TI7 were they claimed first place. That’s what made this year’s final so incredible; former winners fought in the grand final to crown our first two-time champions. Should Team Liquid have claimed that final series, the situation would have been different. It’s quite likely that the roster sticks together and competes again next year for an even larger prize pool with a stronger determination to come out on top once again.

The International 2019 Venue


5. Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen – $5,410,036.37

4. Sebastien “Ceb” Debs – $5,484,823.21

3. Anthan “ana” Pham – $5,996,002.16

2. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka – $6,465,590.22

1, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein – $6,886,181.99

Back-to-back winners of both The International 2018 and 2019, OG are simply unstoppable. Keeping the same winning formula in their roster from one year to the next. From TI9 alone, each player raked in $3.1 million each. While there isn’t really that much to say, what can be said is that these 5 players are on top of the esports industry right now.

What’s the point of an article like this? To show off how much money I’m not making? No; an article like this should help readers understand the opportunity esports offers as a career; every day growing into a more ideal chance. Although not everybody makes it, if you’re talented, you’ll find a way and succeed. Esports still has room to grow and will continue to do so as the industry continues hosting massive events – check out this embed Tweet below which I found quite interesting.

Although these are rather isolated figures, they’re worth considering nonetheless. Let us know your thoughts about finding a career in esports in the comments section below!

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