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League of Legends • Mar 14, 2019

Top 20 Highest Earning League of Legends Pro Players - Updated May 20 2019

Top 20 Highest Earning League of Legends Pro Players - Updated May 20 2019

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.

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It's no surprise that Faker and many of his former teammates are among the highest earners.


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, 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 May 20, 2019

1stFakerSouth Korea$1,213,853.15
2ndDukeSouth Korea$952,953.95
3rdWolfSouth Korea
4thBangSouth Korea
5thBengiSouth Korea$810,683.00
6thRookieSouth Korea$582,582.36
7thBlankSouth Korea$559,518.75
8thAmbitionSouth Korea$553,234.20
9thCoreJJSouth Korea$538,825.34
14thTheShySouth Korea$510,581.52
15thMataSouth Korea$508,592.44
16thImpactSouth Korea$500,327.84
17thCuVeeSouth Korea$483,986.81
18thCrownSouth Korea$482,787.81
19thRulerSouth Korea$480,643.19

Updated: May 20, 2019 - 9:45 AM EST