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Richest esports players ever – Dota, CS:GO, CoD and more

Published: 2/Dec/2019 16:38 Updated: 18/Feb/2020 16:06

by Connor Bennett


Esports athletes are now able to lift one single championship and vault themselves into a game’s highest-earners list. Yet, for some, competitive titles have been their life and have racked up a significant amount of cash in the process – even when prize pools may not have been what they are today. 

It’s an increasingly lucrative business, esports, as players get rewarded substantially for the hard work and effort they put into making it to the top level.

While some games boast bigger fan bases and higher prize pools than others, ending up as a champion will net you some serious cash, regardless of your selected field. Here are the richest esports players, in history, across numerous different titles – thanks to EsportsEarnings.

Riot GamesSKT has been able to forge out a dynasty in LoL but their prize money lags behind games like DOTA.

Call of Duty: Karma – $805,847.25

Call of Duty may not have prize pool backing of some other games, but having a long-standing career that spans over multiple titles and world championships isn’t shabby at all.

At the top of the CoD mountain is Seattle Surge star Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, who has racked up $804,847.25 in winnings since beginning his career back in 2011. The three-time Call of Duty World Champion has been consistently dominant ever since breaking into the scene but scored his most winnings, $269,500, following his third championship in 2017 with OpTic in Infinite Warfare.

It’s also no surprise that he’s closely followed by two veterans of the game in long-time teammate Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks – who have both been around as long as Karma. Clayster claimed his second world title at CWL Champs 2019 and could surpass Karma in the near future once Call of Duty’s franchising model really gets into its rhythm.

The three-time world champion has secured close to $1 million in his CoD career.

League of Legends: Faker – $1,254,240.23

League of Legends always has a competitive field, yet, one name stands alone at the top of the card – Lee ‘Faker’ Sang Hyeok. Faker is one of the greatest, and most dominant, LoL players of all-time – racking up huge prize winnings across his three world championship and multiple LCK wins.

While recent seasons have been rocky for him and Faker’s eyes will be firmly set on returning to his throne, securing his fourth Worlds title, but, he’ll have to wait another year to do so after failing to pick up the 2019 Worlds title after a defeat at the hands of eventual runners-up G2.

Faker may be the only LoL star to break the $1 million mark but Lee ‘Duke’ Ho Seong and Lee ‘Wolf’ Jae Wan aren’t far behind either. Bae ‘Bang’ Jun Sik, a former teammate of Faker, is also an honorable mention.

LoL Esports/Riot GamesFaker has been the gold standard for LoL pro’s since his career began.

DOTA 2: N0tail – $6,882,440.18

Dota 2 may not directly compete with LoL, but their prize pools could be enough to make some players think about switching over from Riot Games’ MOBA to Valve’s. Not every Dota event is showered with gold, however, but make it to the incredibly prestigious International – which OG has now won for two years in a row following TI9 – and you’re in the money.

At the top of the table following OG’s back-to-back International wins is team captain Johan N0tail Sundstein who’s winnings have now put him well over the $6 million mark. It doesn’t hurt that the International’s prize pools the last two years have been the largest by far in the tournament’s history, with OG players taking home $26,837,290 in winnings from their back-to-back championships.

Before the TI9 finals on Sunday, August 25, N0tail was sitting at $3,757,403.98 in lifetime Dota 2 winnings – which means he made $3,124,036.20 from the weeklong tournament in China.

ValveN0tail and the rest of OG each took home over $3 million following TI9.

CS:GO: Xyp9x – $1,745,921.90

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may not get the prize money support of its DOTA counterpart but that’s not to say that players can’t win head-spinning amounts of money from competing. Winning a CS:GO major will net a team $500,000 before they split it between themselves.

Astralis’ Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth has climbed that mountain, three times, and began dominating the highest-earners standings alongside his Danish teammates. Since the start of 2018, and the beginning of Astralis’ dominant era, Xyp9x has earned well over $1,000,000.

With the Danes capturing success at the StarLadder Berlin Major, Xyp9x added another Major to his trophy cabinet as well as growing his lead at the top of the charts.

COPYRIGHT: ESL/ADELA-SZNAJDERAstralis’ Major wins have seen them become the richest players in CS:GO history.

Fortnite Battle Royale: Bugha – $3,062,966.67

As the wider esports scene continues to grow, games are doing their best to make a name for themselves – offering big prize pools, and one such title is Fortnite Battle Royale.

The popularity of the game has seen the competitive scene explode, with the Fortnite World Cup cementing Kyle ‘Bugha’ Gieresdorf as the top earner. With six solo games, the 16-year-old bagged $3 million – even if he did lose the majority of it to taxation.

The fallout of the World Cup has shaken up the highest earners, with players like Tfue and Bizzle – who dominated pre-World Cup events – falling by the wayside. CLG’s Harrison ‘Pslam’ Chang moved into second place with $1,865,800.00 while duos winners Aqua and Nyhrox jumped into third and fourth by winning $1,500,000.00 each.

Epic GamesBugha swept to the top with his win at the Fortnite World Cup.

Starcraft II: Maru – $808,551.50

While Fortnite might be a baby in the esports world, Starcraft II has been around for quite some time. The list is dominated by South Korean players but Cho ‘Maru’ Sung Choo stands atop them all with $808,551.50 earned.

Maru has been competing in Starcraft since 2010 but had to wait until 2018 before he saw his earnings total skyrocket. The Korean earned just shy of 50% of his current total earnings with $370,117.05 across 14 events in 2018.

Despite kicking off 2019 with $113,891.35 earned in 13 events, his lead over second-placed Joona ‘Serral’ Sotala is now only a slender one. The Finnish player is less than $1,000 behind the Korean on $804,994.74 and could, realistically, take the top spot sooner rather than later.

ESLMaru stands atop the Starcraft rankings.

As more and more titles decide to get to involved with competitive play – be it a small dip of the toe, or a huge dive into the deep end – players will have the chance to earn life-changing amounts solely by finding what they have a knack for.

This article was last updated on Tuesday, February 18 at 11:07 AM Eastern Time.


How to watch Flashpoint Season 2: stream, schedule, teams

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:00 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 1:37

by Bill Cooney


Organizers have revealed the new schedule for Flashpoint Season 2, which will see teams competing for the largest CSGO prize pool of 2020 at $1 million.

The competition has been held completely online since March, due to the ongoing concern surrounding the global health situation, and that will continue for Season 2 as well.

This tournament venture between B Site Inc. and FACEIT kicks off its second season on November 10, 2020, with participating teams and the schedule released in the days leading up to the start.

So, let’s take a look at which teams are playing when, and how you can catch all the action.

Flashpoint Season 2 matches
Opening matches for Flashpoint Season 2.


The matches will all be streamed on FLASHPOINT’s Twitch channel, and with no in-person attendance and all games being held completely remotely, this will be the only way to watch the matches.

Participating teams

Group A

  • Fnatic
  • c0ntact
  • Dignitas
  • MAD Lions

Group B

  • BIG
  • Team Envy
  • forZe
  • MIBR

Group C

  • OG
  • Cloud9
  • Gen.G
  • Virtus.Pro

Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields, who is participating in the leadership of FLASHPOINT’s creative direction, has predicted Group C will definitely be the one to watch, with OG (who are favored by many to win it all) and potential dark horses Cloud9 battling it out, along with Virtus.Pro in the mix as well, who finally seem to be getting in the swing of online play.

In Group B, BIG emerges as a clear favorite, but Thorin added “there will be heavy competition for the second-best team.” Finally, all eyes in Group A will be focused on taking down MAD Lions, who came out on top in first place following Flashpoint Season 1.

Flashpoint Season 2
How Flashpoints Season 2 will work, from Group stages all the way to the Grand Final.

Flashpoint Season 2 format & schedule

FLASHPOINT Season 2 will start off with a Group Stage where 12 teams will compete in three different Groups. The top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the Playoffs.

Teams who finish 7th-10th will compete in Last Chance matches for the final two Playoff berths. Flashpoint’s Playoffs will consist of an 8 team, double-elimination bracket.

Flashpoint Season 2 final placements

Placement Team Prize Money Blast Points
1 TBD $500,000 3000
2 TBD $250,000 1500
3 TBD $100,000 1125
4 TBD $50,000 750
5-6 TBD $35,000 375
5-6 TBD $35,000 375
7-8 TBD $15,000 188
7-8 TBD $15,000 188
9-10 Gen.G $0 0
9-10 forZe $0 0
11-12 c0ntact $0 0
11-12 Cloud9 $0 0

Flashpoint Season 2 playoffs schedule

Monday, November 30

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket QF MAD Lions vs 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket QF BIG vs Envy 8AM 11AM 4PM

Tuesday, December 1

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket QF Fnatic vs Dignitas 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket QF OG vs MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Wednesday, December 2

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 1 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, December 3

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Upper Bracket SF TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, December 4

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 2 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, December 5

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Upper Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Lower Bracket Round 3 TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Sunday, December 6

Stage Match PT ET GMT
Lower Bracket Final TBD vs TBD 5AM 8AM 1PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 8AM 11AM 4PM

Flashpoint Season 2 groups results

Tuesday, November 10

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A UB Round 1 Dignitas 0 – 2 MAD Lions 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A UB Round 1 Fnatic 2 – 1 c0ntact 8AM 11AM 4PM

Wednesday, November 11

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B UB Round 1 Envy 1 – 2 forZe 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B UB Round 1 BIG 2 – 1 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, November 12

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C UB Round 1 Cloud9 0 – 2 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C UB Round 1 OG 0 – 2 Gen.G 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, November 13

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B UB Final forZe 0 – 2 BIG 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B LBRound 1 Envy 1 – 2 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, November 14

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A UB Final Fnatic 1 – 2 MAD Lions 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A LB Round 1 c0ntact 1 – 2 Dignitas 9:30AM 12:30PM 5:30PM

Sunday, November 15

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C UB Final 2 – 1 Gen.G 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C LB Round 1 Cloud9 0 – 2 OG 8AM 11AM 4PM

Thursday, November 19

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group A LB Final Fnatic 2 – 0 Dignitas 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group B LB Final forZe 0 – 2 MIBR 8AM 11AM 4PM

Friday, November 20

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group C LB Final Gen.G 0 – 2 OG 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group A Grand Final MAD Lions 0 – 2 Fnatic 8AM 11AM 4PM

Saturday, November 21

Group Match PT ET GMT
Group B Grand Final BIG 2 – 1 MIBR 5AM 8AM 1PM
Group C Grand Final 1 – 2 OG 8AM 11AM 4PM

Sunday, November 22

Group Match PT ET GMT
Last Chance Match 1 Gen.G 1 – 2 Envy 5AM 8AM 1PM
Last Chance Match 2 Dignitas 2 – 1 forZe 8AM 11AM 4PM