Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the biggest esports games on the planet with a deep and diverse open circuit, but some players stand head and shoulders above all others when it comes to prize money.
In November of 2018, Astralis stars Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth became the first CS:GO stars to ever break the $1 million threshold in prize money won.
Since their IEM Katowice Major win at the turn of the new year, Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif joined their teammates in the millionaire’s club as the Dane cemented themselves as the top five highest earning CS:GO players.
Since that point, however, the Danes have taken the success and allowed themselves to pick and choose what events they want to play at. Despite securing the top five highest earners spots, they've fallen out of the number one spot as the best team in the world.
After a 406 day run of Danish dominance, Team Liquid finally broke the mould - becoming the first North American team to claim the top spot. With an incredible victory at ESL One Cologne, Team Liquid not only solidified their absolute status as the world's best, they also won the INTEL Grand Slam with four consecutive wins at contributing events.
The $1,000,000 bonus prize of the grand slam has catapulted Team Liquid players up the highest earning charts, with all members of the team joining Major winner Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip - who remains the highest-earning North American pro at 6th - in the top 20.
As well as leading his countrymen in the rankings, Yip made history following IEM Chicago by surpassing all Brazilian professional players in the standings, overtaking Epitacio 'TACO' Melo meaning only Team Astralis rank higher.
The North American squad still have a long way to go if they want to catch Astralis in prize winnings, however, and even the MiBR core, despite a run of disappointing results recently resulting in star player Marcelo 'coldzera' David asking to be benched, sit ahead of them thanks to the squad's legendary runs in 2016 and 2017.
At the very top of the pile remains the Clutch Minister himself, Xyp9x. The 23-year-old’s total earning from CS:GO prize money eclipsed $1.4 million following the IEM Katowice success, but he’s being closely followed by dupreeh, only a few thousand behind.
The top 20 highest earning CS:GO pros on July 22, 2019, according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below. This post will be updated after every premier CS:GO event.
Last updated July 22, 2019 at 8:27am (EST).