Highest-paid professional gamers revealed

e-Sports Earnings has released a list of the highest paid professional gamers, revealing the winnings from some of the world’s best.

The list encompasses the highest overall earnings from competitive gaming and tournament prizes. It doesn’t include sponsorships and endorsements.

1. Fatal1ty (Johnathan Wendel) $454,544.98

Fatal1ty is one of the world’s most well-known professional gamers. The American found success playing first-person shooters such as Painkiller and Quake 3, which earned him large cash prizes and big sponsorships from computer companies.


2.  Flash (Lee, Young Ho) $437,114.55

Flash is the most successful Starcraft: Brood Wars player in the world, and the Korean accumulated over $400,000 from his winnings, before transitioning to Starcraft 2.

Young Ho Lee

3.  Mvp (Jung, Jong Hyun) $377,116.38

Korea’s Jung Jong Hyun is a four-time Global StarCraft 2 League champion, and his successful reign of the tournament has allowed him to rack up over $377,000 in prize money from his exploits.

Jong Hyun Jung

4.  Jaedong (Lee, Jae Dong) $374,528.84

Like Flash, JawDong found his strength In StarCraft: Brood Wars, and used his skill to generate him over $370,000 before 2012, where he then tried his hand at StarCraft 2.

Lee, Jae Dong

5.  MC (Jang Min Chul) $367,902.11

One of the top StarCraft 2 players in the world, Korea’s Jang Min Chul has made nearly $370,000 by regularly placing in tournaments of all sizes since 2010.

Jang Min Chul Team Liquid MC

Source: e-Sports earnings via Business Insider

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  • synack_sa

    Expected more other games in there, but Starcraft seems to dominate.

  • Flash should be number one as @mbCARMAC noted. They counted the car Fatal1ty won as $40,000 cash.

  • Dude there are dedicated TV channels that stream StarCraft games. Imagine seeing that on SABC 3.

  • SkippyZA

    What about Dota2? Surely with The International, DreamHack, and all the other large scale tournaments there should be someone in the top 5?

  • Xileer

    I wonder if the name typo’s were intentional or not :p

  • Johan du Preez

    Yes and the problem with that is ? Its a $40000 Ferrari that he didn’t have they call it assets. Its worth more than $40000 as it was John Carmack’s car before then. That car is priceless and collectors will pay over $1000000 for it.

    It was the world biggest prize ever for gaming back then there was no tournaments in the world that gave cash prizes back then that only came later.

  • Mr_Z

    Nope Na`vi’s Puppey, Xboct and Dendi have the most but they only come in @ $274,583.79

  • Mr_Z

    Anyone else realized that they used the a photo of July for MC?

  • Johan du Preez

    Might be because Dota 2 only came out of beta last week.

  • He was also world champion in Painkiller iirc.

  • I’m not saying Fatal1ty wasn’t a good Quake player, just that there are some misreporting from the source.

  • Yeah, the Painkiller tournament back then had a prize pool of $500,000. Insane!

  • Thanks, I think I have the right guy now?

  • That’s the boss toss right there 🙂

  • I’ve been thoroughly enjoying steamed Dota 2 matches – nice to put on in the background while doing chores around the house. Sometimes the matches are really gripping!

  • Dylan Heunis

    Flash and Jaedong were both very good at StarCraft: Brood “Wars”!

  • Rynier G Schoeman

    Last year during the international we had a casual lan / Braai at a mates house. And we streamed the starcraft on a wall next to the braai and the room we lanned in. Was extremely fun tbh.

  • Pur!Fier

    I actually heard on the streams the other day that Flash actually has made more money from his wages, than from his winnings. That’s just insane

  • I’ve been watching a lot of pro Dota recently, from The International 3 qualifiers to the Raidcall D2L, it’s really riveting entertainment 😀

  • Annunaki

    That would be epic, id much rather watch that then some re-run from the 80s i think my grandma would too

  • Wessel Frederik Lourens

    After TI3 Puppey, Xboct and Dendi have made over $380k

  • Mouhamed Aoufi

    dani ishutin (dendi) dota 2 player : $421,932.99

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