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.
Call of Duty has been a staple in console esports since the days of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which was released back in 2007.
Since then, the competitive scene surrounding the popular first-person shooter has grown, with companies like MLG who hosted open events during the esport’s early days becoming an integral part of its success.
Activision introduced the first $1 million tournament ahead of the Modern Warfare 3 season with CoD XP - an event that saw OpTic Gaming securing the victory.
CoD XP laid the foundations for what would become the Call of Duty World Championship and then the CWL Championship, the biggest tournament of the Call of Duty season which features huge prize pools like the $1.5 million we saw for the 2018 edition of the tournament.
Competitions like the CWL events, MLG Pro League and various open events that have taken place around the world mean that Call of Duty players are some of the winningest competitors in console esports.
Our list, which features both online and offline winnings from the console section of the esportsearnings.com, includes players that have starred for organizations such as OpTic Gaming, Team Envy and more over the years, but you might be surprised by some of the veteran names that are missing.
Unsurprisingly, though, Damon 'Karma' Barlow currently rules the roost, closely followed by his OpTic Gaming teammate, Ian 'Crimsix' Porter and eUnited's Jordan 'JKap' Kaplan.
The standings of this list will likely change in the future, as a number of top Call of Duty pros face a year on the sidelines after failing to qualify for the CWL Pro League. Tommy 'ZooMaa' Paparatto and his FaZe Clan squad missed out on qualification, while 20th place Joe 'MerK' Deluca has been retired since 2016, so an impressive season from Team Envy could see Adam 'Assault' Garcia leapfrog both men into the top 20.
James 'Crowder' Crowder and Dillon 'Attach' Price looked to be in danger of falling down the table after FaZe's disappointing Pro League Qualifier result. However, Attach, who sits in 11th place has since joined Evil Geniuses on loan. Crowder, however, was unveiled as 100 Thieves' new coach when Preston 'Priestahh' Griener joined the team, meaning he is unlikely to be competing in any further tournaments this season.
*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.
The event is set to take place between May 3-5 in London, United Kingdom, where we could see the names on this list move again.