In terms of esports, League of Legends is one of the biggest and most-viewed games ever. But just how much prize money have the top players managed to rake in since it was released
With Riot Games, the developers of LoL, tightly controlling the domestic leagues and international tournaments that are held each year, League of Legends professionals don't get as many opportunities to win massive prizes as players from games with an open circuit, like Dota or CS:GO.
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However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still impressive prize pools for the events that do take place — especially for players like Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok that have managed to consistently perform well in international competitions, such as the annual world championships.
It will come as no surprise, perhaps, that Faker takes the top spot, as the three-time world champion and SKT legend is widely regarded as the best player to touch the game. Though there have now been three World Championships since his last victory, still no player has come close to dethroning Faker as the highest earner in the game.
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Sitting at just over $1,254,240, the South Korean phenom is the only League of Legends player to have surpassed the million dollar threshold, while all of the other players in the top five are former teammates of his, despite none having seen anywhere near so much success since parting ways with the mid-lane superstar.
The vast majority of the highest earning LoL pros are South Korean, although a few more Chinese players feature after Invictus Gaming's 2018 World Championship win. In a list dominated by Asian presence, the nearest westerner, Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković, sits in 24th place, followed fairly closely by teammate and back-to-back Worlds finalist Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther.
The 2019 World Championship was won by FunPlus Phoenix, but in spite of their big victory – which followed a domestic title in LPL Summer – none of their players appear in the top 20. All five members are new to championship titles, and the recent victories aren’t enough to carry them over players with a more consistent record of both domestic and international success.
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As a result of the winners being in the top 20, the list hasn't changed quite as much as might be expected after the biggest event in the year, with the established players largely holding onto a similar place as they had before.
The full top 20 list, according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below. This article will be updated after the conclusion of each major League of Legends competition.
Top 20 Highest Earning League of Legends Pro Players - Updated November 13, 2019
Updated: November 13, 2019 - 4:00 AM (EST).