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Top 20 highest earning Dota 2 Pro Players – Updated September 23 2019

Published: 12/Dec/2018 21:19 Updated: 3/Jan/2020 15:01

by Kamil Malinowski


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. 

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 $220 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 at $82 million.


Dota 2’s annual world championship, The International, has boasted a multi-million prize pool for years, but TI9 in Shanghai featured the largest prize pool not only for a Dota event, but for any esports tournament – $34,330,068, topping the $30 million that Epic Games offered for the Fortnite World Cup in the same year and exceeding The International’s previous record by nearly $9 million.

It follows, then, that the players who win these events are the highest earning players in all of esports.


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 history.

ValveOG’s N0tail after winning The International 9 and earning a share of the largest prize pool in esports history.

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.


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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 crack into the top 10 on the back of their win at the International 2017 – but it’s OG who are clearly the top dogs now.

One player stands over $400,000 ahead of the rest of the pack, though, and that’s OG’s team captain N0tail with a whopping $6,881,440.18 in earnings.


With the International 2019 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. At least four Majors will offer $1 million apiece prior to the 10th International, with a variety of other tournaments also contributing hundreds of thousands to Dota 2’s available prize money for 2020.

The top 20 highest earning Dota 2 pros as of January 3, 2020 according to, can be found below.


Top 20 Highest Earning Dota 2 Pro Players – Updated September 23, 2019

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st N0tail Denmark $6,882,440.18
2nd JerAx Finland $6,470,000.02
3rd ana Australia $6,000,411.96
4th Ceb France $5,489,233.01
5th TopSon Finland $5,414,446.17
6th KuroKy Germany $5,127,064.81
7th Miracle- Jordan $4,692,418.88
8th MinD_ContRol Bulgaria $4,483,493.36
9th GH Lebannon $4,086,426.44
10th SumaiL Pakistan $3,591,225.34
11th Matumbaman Finland $3,561,781.04
12th UNiVeRse USA $3,053,237.67
13th ppd USA $2,989,719.62
14th Somnus丶M China $2,917,865.42
15th fy China $2,826,674.64
16th Puppey Estonia $2,660,416.17
17th Fear USA $2,551,384.34
18th s4 Sweden $2,504,395.34
19th Fly Israel $2,330,055.91
20th Zai Sweden $2,300,546.31



DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.


25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.


Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.