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Top 20 highest earning League of Legends pros after MSI 2021

Published: 29/May/2021 1:50 Updated: 29/May/2021 3:24

by Ross Deason

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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?

League of Legends is different from other esports when it comes to earnings. With developers Riot controlling the domestic and international events, there’s not much opportunity for players to earn prize money.

The majority of League pro players’ income comes from salaries behind closed doors. However, these earnings are a bit hard to calculate. While we know some of the world’s best, like Faker, have been offered “blank cheques” in the past, there’s nothing like Dota’s TI or a CS:GO Major to fight over.

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That doesn’t mean there aren’t impressive prize pools in League though. Some regional leagues, like Korea’s LCK, offer nearly $100,000 to the winners of each split. MSI has hundreds of thousands up for grabs, while Worlds every year is in the millions.

Faker with SKT at Worlds 2017
Riot Games
Faker and many of his former teammates are among the highest earners.

Taking the crown

With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that the most successful player of all-time internationally, Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok, is the game’s highest earner.

In fact, across thousands of pros, Faker is the only player to crack $1 million in prize money earned, with nearly $1.3 million to his name.

Many of his ex-teammates rest alongside him at the top. Duke, Bang, Wolf, and Bengi — the next four players on the list — have all played alongside Faker at Worlds.

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The remainder of the top 20 is dominated by Korean and Chinese talent, which makes sense given their success at the international level.

Despite a day-one loss, Perkz has high hopes for Cloud9 in 2021.
Riot Games
Perkz is now the highest-paid Western player, just shy of $500,000.

The best of the West

Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer was previously the highest earner in the Western world of League, pocketing $422,314.79.

However, after hanging up his mouse and keyboard, he has been overtaken by Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković ($491,280), who now sits at number 20.

Rasmus ‘Caps’ Winther ($465,399) and Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson ($445,970) have also crept into the top 30, at 26 and 27th respectively.

Top Esports JackeyLove
Riot Games
JackeyLove is the highest earning Chinese player.

Top 20 highest earning League of Legends pros

The full top 20 list, according to esportsearnings.com, can be found below.

This will be updated after the conclusion of each major League of Legends competition. The most recent event was MSI 2021.

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Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Faker South Korea $1,259,840.87
2nd Duke South Korea $954,620.62
3rd Bang South Korea $915,911.99
4th Wolf South Korea $913,084.70
5th Bengi South Korea $810,683.00
6th JackeyLove China $682,248.64
7th Rookie South Korea $610,445.70
8th CoreJJ South Korea $589,421.17
9th Ning China $566,607.87
10th Blank South Korea $559,518.75
11th Ambition South Korea $553,234.20
12th Baolan China $548,235.82
13th Uzi China $545,447.56
14th Ruler South Korea $539.671.93
15th Karsa Taiwan $538,926.12
16th TheShy South Korea $538,444.86
17th Mata South Korea $533,979.52
18th Impact South Korea $515,306.14
19th xiaohu China $507,800.58
20th PerkZ Croatia $491,280.47

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