Dota 2 is one of the most popular esports around and as such, players have received a staggering amount of money from competing in various tournaments over the years. Here’s a look at the top 20 highest-earning Dota 2 players of all time.
The top players from every esport have certainly received their fair share of large prize pools, but all of those pale in comparison to the prize pools seen in Dota 2.
Nearly $300 million has been doled out to players over the years, with the next most lucrative title being Counter-Strike: Global Offensive which, though certainly nothing to sniff at, pales in comparison to Dota.
Dota 2’s annual world championship, The International, has boasted a multi-million prize pool for years, but TI10 featured the largest prize pool not only for a Dota event, but for any esports tournament – $40,018,400, topping the $30 million that Epic Games offered for the Fortnite World Cup and exceeding The International’s previous record by nearly $6 million.
It follows, then, that the players who win these events are the highest-earning players in all of esports.
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In fact, the top five highest-earning Dota 2 players – Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein, Jesse ‘JerAx‘ Vainikka, Anathan ‘ana’ Pham, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, and Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen – are all OG players.
Of course it helps that OG were able to win back-to-back championships at the International 8 and 9, which had the largest prize pools in Dota at the time.
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With the historic back-to-back wins locked up, this OG team has cemented themselves at the top of the earnings list for Dota 2 players, pushing Team Liquid completely out of the top five.
Liquid’s roster of Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi, Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi, Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Ivanov, Lasse ‘MATUMBAMAN’ Urpalainen, and Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej all managed to push higher up the rankings on the back of their win at the International 2017 – but it’s OG who are clearly the top dogs.
One player stands over $600,000 ahead of the rest of the pack, though, and that’s OG’s team captain N0tail with a whopping $7,172,191.58 in earnings.
With the International 2021 in the books, it’ll be nearly another year before players get another shot at the life-changing sums offered by that single event, but there’s still plenty on offer over the coming season.
The top 20 highest earning Dota 2 pros as of October, 2021 according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below.
Top 20 Highest Earning Dota 2 Pro Players – Updated October, 2021