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 release?
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.
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.
It will come as no surprise, perhaps, that Faker has won the most money of any LoL star. The three-time world champion and SKT legend is widely regarded as the best player ever, despite a less-than-stellar 2018 season.
In fact, the South Korean phenom is the only League of Legends player to have won over one million dollars, currently boasting an impressive total of $1,213,853 while former team-mate Lee ‘Duke’ Ho-Seong trails in second place with $952,953.95.
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. There are no Europeans or North Americans anywhere to be seen as the top westerner, Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer sits in the 25th spot.
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.
Updated: May 20, 2019 - 9:45 AM EST