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Call of Duty • Jul 15, 2019

Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty pros ahead of CWL Finals

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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty pros ahead of CWL Finals

Professional players have earned plenty of money from playing competitive Call of Duty over the years, but have you ever wondered who has won the most? Check out the top 20 highest earning players below, which will be updated after every major tournament.

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Call of Duty is widely considered to be the biggest console esports in the world today, eclipsing rivals like Halo and Gears of War to cement its place as the pinaccle of competitive gaming on consoles. 

Since it's birth in 2007, Call of Duty has saw 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. 

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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. 

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

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100 Thieves have been the team to beat in the latter part of the Black Ops 4 season.

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Players who competed as part of the 16 teams who took part in this year's CWL Pro League recieved some a payout for their efforts, with $1.25 million on the line when teams descend on Miami, Florida for CWL Finals. 

Another $2 million will be up for grabs on August 14, when 32 of the world's best teams head to the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California to fight for a share of the massive prize pool, and to be crowned Call of Duty's best team.

Unsurprisingly, Damon 'Karma' Barlow and his OpTic Gaming teammate Ian 'Crimsix' Porter currently sit atop of the rankings, with both stars playing a major piece in both the compLexity and OpTic Gaming dyansties, writing their names into the history books as two of the greatest to ever pick up the sticks. 

Two-time World Champion Jordan 'JKap' Kaplan sits in third place, $40,000 ahead of OpTic Gaming legend Seth 'Scump' Abner, who occupies the fourth spot in our leaderboard. 

100 Thieves players such as Ian 'Enable' Wyatt and Austin 'SlasheR' Liddicoat continue to fly up the ranks thanks to their ultra-successful 2019 season, which has saw them win back-to-back tournaments in London and Anaheim, and head into the year's biggest tournaments as favorites to take home the grand prizes. 

Whether that would be enough to see any of the 100T players overhaul Crimsix and Karma at the top remains to be seen, but with franchising scheduled to kick off in 2020, it's likely we'll see a rise in cash earnings with the introduction of Modern Warfare, and probably some big changes on this leaderboard. 

*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 July 15 2019

Position
NameNationalityEarnings
1stKarmaCAN$765,097
2ndCrimsixUS$737,909
3rd JKapUS$685,697
4thScumpUS$642,935
5thFormaLUS$606,180
6thSlasheRUS$566,683
7thApathyUS$561,947
8thJohnUS$500,816
9thACHESUS$468,306
10thClaysterUS$459,396
11thEnableUS$370,379
12thAttachUS$359,940
13thSLACKEDUS$331,459
14thOctaneUS$321,698
15thClassicUS$303,949
16thSiLLYUS$292,388
17thLoonyUS$289,689
18th ZooMaaUS$272,519
19thHukeUS$264,727
20thCrowderUS$258,785
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This article was last updated on July 15 2019 at 7:48 AM EST