Online gaming is not only fun but also lucrative. Many online gamers are making loads of money and have become millionaires. Games like Dota 2 and League of Legends have leagues and tournaments that pay out huge bucks for winners. Successful players also earn through sponsorships. Companies like Red Bull treat their e-Sports athletes like regular athletes.
Popular by his alias “Flash”, this South Korean professional StarCraft player joined team KT Rolster in 2007 when he was 14. He quickly established himself as a child e-Sport prodigy. He has had the longest reign as the top ranked player on the KeSPA Ranking system. His 71.4 win-lose ratio is the highest of any player in the world.
Ling, AKA “Aui_2000,” is the highest-earning Canadian pro-gamer. He has won around $500,000 playing Dota 2. He plays as a support for the North American professional gaming organization Evil Geniuses. The team Evil Geniuses won the Dota 2 Asia Championships in Shanghai, China on February 9, 2015. Ling made a cool $257,000 from this.
This second-generation Chinese Dota 2 player has been playing professionally since 2011. He plays for the team Vici Gaming. In The International 2014, Xie made $295,000 in one fell swoop. In the year 2014 alone, he made $380,745.
Peter is currently the captain of team Evil Geniuses. This American player has won 99 percent of his money ($572,000) by playing Dota 2. He won $313,000 from 19 tournaments in the year 2014, out of which $207,000 was by playing in The International 2014.
Jae Dong is considered to be the greatest Zerg player in StarCraft: Brood War’s 13-year-long history of professional play. He also achieved success in its sequel StarCraft II. In 2013, he beat Johnathan “Fatality” Wendel’s record for earning the most game prize money by winning $489,000.
American Dota 2 player Saahil has been playing professionally since 2011. He is currently the offlaner for Even Geniuses. In the year 2014 he won $312,000 from 18 tournaments. Recently he won $256,000 from Evil Genius’ DAC 2015 win.
Oleksandr plays for Natus Vincere. He joined the professional e-Sports scene in 2011. Since then he has had steady earnings. He is the second-highest earning Ukrainian e-Sports player in the world. He earned $200,000 when his team won The International 2011 tournament. He made more than $150,000 in the years 2013 and 2014.
Danil is a Ukrainian creative player. He is the highest earning Ukrainian e-Sports player in the world. This Dota 2 player plays for Natus Vincere and is famous for his unorthodox and unconventional play style. He was hired by Na’Vi in 2011. The team won The International 2011, earning him a cut of $200,000.
According to E-Sports Earnings, this 24-year-old Estonian is the highest-earning non-Chinese player in the world. He helped team Na’Vi win in The International 2011, and reach the second place in both The International 2012 and 2013. He quit Na’Vi on August 20 2014. Currently he is the captain of Team Secret.
With career winnings of $454,000, Jang is the highest-earning Warcraft III player of all time. It was announced in 2009 that Jang had signed a $500,000 contract deal with the Korean WeMade FOX Warcraft III team. It was a record at that point in time.
Lee signed a three-year $690,000 contract worth in 2007. This South Korean is one of the most celebrated and successful StarCraft players of all time. He was known as the “Genius Terran” for his excellent macro-management and innovative strategies in StarCraft. He returned in 2012 to fulfill mandatory military obligations for his nation.
Matt is a super-rich American pro-gamer. This guy is perhaps the highest-paid Call of Duty professional in the world. This Red Bull e-Sports athlete is the co-owner and captain of the OpTic Gaming Team. He makes loads of money from his 1.5 million YouTube subscribers and his lucrative contract to live-stream his daily game sessions. He made $700,000 from streaming and YouTube channel in 2014.
This list would definitely be incomplete without this gamer and entrepreneur. He is considered to be the world’s first prominent and accomplished pro-gamer and poster-child. He won 12 world championship titles and four “player of the year” awards.
Jiao “Banana” Wang, Wang “SanSheng” Zhaohui, Chen “Hao” Zhihao, Zhang “Mu” Pen and Zhang “xiao8” Ning comprise Team Newbee. This Chinese team made headlines in 2014 by winning the Dota 2 tournament The International 2014. Each member of the team got $1 million.
Spanish League of Legends player Carlos plays for the European team SK Gaming. People call him the “David Beckham of e-Sports” because of his branding. He is also handsome and well-spoken. In 2013, he told during an interview that his merchandising income itself is around half a million.
These super-rich gamers inspire many kids worldwide. Have you made money through online gaming?