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Top 20 highest earning League of Legends pros ahead of Worlds 2020

Published: 8/Dec/2018 10:02 Updated: 8/Dec/2020 10:10

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.

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

Taking the crown

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.

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

In fact, you have to go down to #24 to finally reach a Western player on the list. Paul ‘sOAZ’ Boyer was previously the highest earner in the Western world of League, pocketing $422,314.79.

Earnings and leaderboards

However, after hanging up his mouse and keyboard, he has been overtaken by the likes of Luka ‘Perkz’ Perković ($411,900), who now sits at #24. Soon following this at spot #28 is Swedish star Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larsson ($438,830.14).

2018s World Champions, FunPlus Phoenix, also don’t appear anywhere near the top 20 despite previously taking home $1 million as a team for winning the event. Mid-laner Kim ‘Doinb’ Tae-sang is the highest earner from the team in 41st, at $330,849.

sOAZ playing for League team Immortals in LCS Spring 2020
Oshin Tudayan for Riot Games
sOAZ is the highest-earning Western player, but Perkz, Rekkles, and Caps are hot on his heels.

In 2020, DamWon Gaming blasted through and dominated the league, snatching the prize over previous winner FPX. Walking away with around $850,000 for their win over Suning Gaming, many of their players may eventually make this list. Players like Heo ‘Showmaker’ Su and Kim ‘Canyon’ Geon-bu represent future LoL superstars.

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 December 2020)

Top 20 highest earning League of Legends pros

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Faker South Korea $1,257,615.87
2nd Duke South Korea $954,620.62
3rd Bang South Korea $915,451.46
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 Ning China $566,607.87
9th Blank South Korea $559,518.75
10th CoreJJ South Korea $556,087.84
11th Ambition South Korea $553,234.20
12th Baolan China $548,235.82
13th Uzi China $545,447.56
14th Karsa Taiwan $538,926.12
15th TheShy South Korea $538,444.86
16th Mata South Korea $533,979.52
17th Ruler South Korea $526,957.64
18th Impact South Korea $515,306.14
19th xiaohu China $507,800.58
20th CuVee South Korea $488,379.08

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LPL 2021 Spring Split: RNG and Team WE lead the pack

Published: 16/Jan/2021 13:17 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 13:46

by Bill Cooney

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League of Legends’ LPL 2021 Spring Split has started. 10 Chinese teams compete for a place in the Spring Playoffs, so here’s everything you need to know, from streams and schedule to the current scores and standings to keep you in the know.


  • eStar dominates Rogue Warriors 2-0.
  • Top Esports finish up Jan 15 with a 2-0 win over Rare Atom.
  • Team WE and Royal Never Give Up top the standings.

It’s safe to say that League of Legends fans all across the globe view the LPL as the pinnacle of professional play. China has emerged as a dominant force on Summoner’s Rift, and this year promises to be no different.

With the Spring Split trophy up for grabs, here’s everything you need to know about one of LoL’s fiercest competitions.

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Stream

The LPL is streamed live daily on the official LPL Twitch channel, as well as on lolesports.com. All of the vods from that day’s play are uploaded onto the site within 24 hours of matches being played.

LPL Spring Split 2021: Results & schedule

Below are the results & schedule for the forthcoming week’s action, followed by the following week’s schedule. We’ll update this section as we get further along into the tournament.

Week 2 results (January 11 – January 17)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 11 Bilibili Gaming 2 – 1 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
ThunderTalk Gaming 0 – 2 Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 12 Oh My God 0 – 2 FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Rogue Warriors 2 – 1 Top Esports 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 13 Team WE 2 – 1 Victory 5 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports 2 – 0 Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 14 JD Gaming 2 – 0 Bilibili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Royal Never Give Up 2 – 1 Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 15 Rogue Warriors 0 – 2 eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Top Esports 2 – 0 Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 16 Victory 5 2-1 LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
EDward Gaming 2-1 FunPlus Phoenix 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 17 LNG Esports vs ThunderTalk Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Team WE vs Invictus Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

Week 3 schedule (January 18 – January 24)

Date  Match PST  EST GMT
January 18 Oh My God vs eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Bilibili Gaming vs Victory Five 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 19 Rogue Warriros vs FunPlus Phoenix 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Edward Gaming vs LGD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 20 Invictus Gaming v eStar Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Suning vs Rare Atom 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 21 ThunderTalk Gaming vs Team WE 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Oh My God vs Royal Never Give Up 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 22 Rare Atom vs BiliBili Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
Edward Gaming vs JD Gaming 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 23 Top Esports vs LGD Gaming 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
FunPlus Phoenix vs Suning 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM
January 24 Rogue Warriors vs Victory Five 1:00 AM 4:00 AM 9:00 AM
LNG Esports vs Team WE 3:00 AM 7:00 AM 12:00 PM

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Standings

Below are how each team places in the current standings, with Royal Never Give Up and Team WE leading the way, only having lost a match each.

Placement Team  Series    Games 
1 Royal Never Give Up 2-0 4-1
Team WE 2-0 4-1
3 FunPlus Phoenix 1-0 2-0
LNG Esports 1-0 2-0
5 Edward Gaming 1-0 2-1
6 eStar Gaming 1-1 3-2
Suning 1-1 3-2
8 Victory Five 1-1 3-3
9 Invictus Gaming 1-1 2-2
JD Gaming 1-1 2-2
11 Bilibili Gaming 1-1 2-3
12 Top Esports 1-2 3-4
13 Rogue Warriors 1-2 2-5
14 LGD Gaming 0-1 1-2
15 Rare Atom 0-1 0-2
ThunderTalk Gaming 0-1 0-2
 17 Oh My God 0-2 1-4

LPL 2021 Spring Split: Teams

Team Top Jungle Mid AD Carry Support
Bilibili Gaming Biubiu Meteor Zeka Aiming Mark
Edward Gaming Flandre Jiejie Scout Viper Meiko
eStar Gaming zs H4cker irma rat ShiauC
FunPlus Phoenix Nuguri Tian Doinb Lwx Crisp
Invictus Gaming TheShy XUN Rookie Wink Baolan
JD Gaming Zoom Kanavi Xiye, Yagao LokeN LvMao
LGD Gaming Cult Flora, Kui Uniboy Garvey, Kramer Peace
LNG Esports M1kuya Tarzan icon Light Iwandy
Oh My God New Aki Wuming Eric COLD
Rare Atom Cube Aix FoFo iBoy Hang
Rogue Warriors Ziv Haro Forge kelin, Michi QiuQiu
Royal Never Give Up Xiaohu Wei Cryin GALA Ming
Suning Bin SofM Angel huanfeng ON
Team WE Breathe beishang Shanks Jiumeng Missing
Top Esports 369 Karsa knight JackeyLove Zhuo
ThunderTalk Gaming Chelizi bless Captain SamD Teeen
Victory Five LANGX Weiwei Mole y4 ppgod