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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty pros after 2019 CWL Championship

by Matt Porter

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Professional Call of Duty players have won over $20 million in prize money collectively over the years, but who has won the most individually? Check out the top 20 winningest CoD players below, updated after every major tournament.

Over the last decade Call of Duty has seen a steady rise in prize money awarded, with players earning hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to their exploits in the popular first-person shooter. 

Each year is capped off with the World Championship, which sees the best 32 squads compete for the biggest single prize pool of the season - although 2019 marked the end of this era, as Call of Duty instead moves to a franchised league format for the upcoming season.

Throughout the years, CoD has seen a number of different dynasties dominate the competitive scene, from the dominant compLexity squad which ran roughshod over opponents throughout Black Ops 2 and Ghosts, all the way to the legendary OpTic Gaming team that secured the organization's first Call of Duty World Championship in 2017. 

In 2019, more money was on the line than ever, as players competed in the CWL Pro League and the subsequent playoffs, alongside the 2019 Call of Duty World Championship, which is always the biggest event of the calendar year. 

twitter: 100Thieves
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100 Thieves have secured two championships in the Black Ops 4 season.

Despite a mixed bag of results this year, Damon 'Karma' Barlow and his OpTic Gaming teammate Ian 'Crimsix' Porter still sit atop of the rankings, with both stars playing a major part in both the compLexity and OpTic Gaming dynasties, writing their names into the history books as two of the greatest to ever pick up the sticks. 

After claiming his second World Championship title with eUnited's victory, James 'Clayster' Eubanks rocketed up the list, climbing from eighth place into third. Meanwhile, fellow eUnited players Alec 'Arcitys' Sanderson and Preston 'Prestinni' Sanderson also climb, while Tyler 'aBeZy' Pharris appears on the list for the first time.

Only Chris 'Simp' Lehr fails to make the list despite eUnited finishing the season with back-to-back wins at the biggest events. Despite an incredible rookie season, the young star is still topped by many more veteran players when it comes to career earnings - although it's hard to imagine that will last long.

The rest of the top 10 is still dominated by familiar names, those veterans with a history of continued success and especially consistency at the World Championship. Sam 'Octane' Larew is the highest player without a ring to his name, having finished as runner-up in the latest Call of Duty Championships to close out a nevertheless excellent season for 100 Thieves.

*Note: Some players have also earned money in Halo. However, these winnings have been deducted from the table below to only show winnings in Call of Duty. The list includes prize money only and not salary earnings.

Top 20 Highest Earning Call of Duty Pro Players - Updated September 24 2019

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Karma CAN $804,847
2nd Crimsix US $777,657
3rd  Clayster US $728,397
4th JKap US $704,868
5th Scump US $682,685
6th Slasher US $635,933
7th Formal US $628,932
8th Apathy US $580,347
9th John US $523,566
10th ACHES US $477,307
11th Arcitys US $464,112
12th Prestinni US $459,873
13th Enable US $439,630
14th Octane US $390,949
15th Attach US $375,840
16th Slacked US $354,210
17th aBeZy US $325,339
18th  ZooMaa US $323,519
19th Classic US $309,449
20th Kenny US $304,825
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This article was last updated on September 24 2019 at 7:19 AM EST