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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

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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 esportsearnings.com, 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

 

Business

Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 14:15

by Adam Fitch

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Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
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OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.