The emergence of the Overwatch League in 2018 saw the game become one of the most popular esports in the world, and following San Francisco Shock's win at the Season 2 finals, some players have earned a substantial amount.
The OWL has now finished its second season, with the San Francisco Shock taking the win over Vancouver Titans in the playoffs grand final. Now, the highest-earners list is largely dominated by some of the game’s most legendary names.
So far in Overwatch’s young history, the talents that have emerged as the highest earners are overwhelmingly South Korean, with only four players born outside of the Asian peninsula making it into the Top 20.
Still sat at the top of the list are Hong ‘Gesture’ Jae-hee and Park 'Profit' Joon-yeong, who came up together on GC Busan and were part of the London Spitfire line-up that won Overwatch League Season One.
While the Spitfire have had a fairly quiet season, only reaching the playoffs of Stage 2 and then going out in the first round to Hangzhou Spark, the seven players that won Season One still sit ahead of all other Overwatch players by a massive margin.
Season Two gave players plenty of opportunities to increase their earnings, with three Stage Playoffs that each offered a $500,000 prize pool. With these having been largely dominated by a new guard of elite teams this season, however, there’s been less movement within the top 20 than there might have been.
With Season 2 having done away with the Stage 4 playoff, the next opportunity for players to grab a significant prize was the overall season playoffs, with a massive $3.5 million on the line, of which the winning squad will bag $1.1 million.
With San Francisco Shock beating out Vancouver Titans in the Season 2 finals, we've seen a few changes to the top 20 earners.
Now, their entire 10-man roster sits in the top 20, with Swedish off-tank Andreas "Nevix" Karlsson leading his teammates – and Western Overwatch players – for prize money earned.
This list only includes prize money that players have won while competing in Overwatch, and does not include any earnings from other titles, or their salary from their respective organizations.
The full top 20 list, according to esportsearnings.com on October 1, 2019 can be found below. This article will be updated after the conclusion of each major Overwatch competition.
Last updated: October 1, 2019 - 09:45 AM EST
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