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Top 20 highest earning Overwatch pros ahead of OWL 2020 Finals

Published: 11/Dec/2018 19:45 Updated: 8/Mar/2021 11:40

by Alan Bernal

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As Overwatch approaches five years of being an esport, there’s plenty of players who have made their money in the hit Blizzard FPS. However, who reigns supreme as the highest earner of all time?

While top-tier Overwatch pro play has existed since early 2016 with APEX, it didn’t really hit the forefront of everyone’s minds until the Overwatch League in 2018. With big franchises fronting big money to play in the League, no matter what esport you followed, it was hard not to take notice.

Now four seasons in, Overwatch fans are slowly seeing the fruits of the league. Players are earning big salaries, but there are still hefty amounts of prize money on the line. If you win the title like San Francisco Shock did this year, that’s over $1 million right there for the team.

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Shock player holding OWL 2019 trophy
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The Shock took home OWL 2019, and over $1 million as a team.

The OWL was shaken up a little bit in 2020, though. With the move to a homestand format and then over to monthly online cups, the prize money was a bit more eventually distributed. If you performed well throughout the year, you’d undoubtedly make bank.

Nevertheless, the top 20 is dominated by OWL champions. San Francisco Shock players make up the majority of the top earners, with the first 8 spots being taken by the team.

Hong ‘Gesture’ Jae-hee and Park ‘Profit’ Joon-yeong, teammates on Seoul Dynasty both come in next to one another at the 9th and 10th spots, both tying for a win of over $290,000. Before joining Seoul Dynasty, they were both on Spitfire & GC Busan together, where they previously won APEX Season 4 and APAC Premier 2017.

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The first Western player to appear on the lift this year was Moth, also a part of the incredibly dominating San Francisco Shock.

Profit celebrating OWL 2018 win with London Spitfire
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Profit’s 2018 OWL win helped him tie as the #1 Overwatch earner.

As the 2020 season progressed, players started to take over each other depending on their monthly performances. With up to $500,000 on the line every month in the Overwatch League, a string of wins from certain teams saw players rise to the top.

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, can be found below. It’ll be interesting to see how things change in 2021, especially with San Francisco Shock having so heavily dominated the OWL this season.

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Top 20 highest earning Overwatch pros as of March, 2021

Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st Rascal South Korea $331,108.68
2nd Striker South Korea $327,424.24
3rd smurf South Korea $322,184.16
4th ChoiHyoBin South Korea $319,657.20
5th Moth United States $314,548.25
6th super United States $312,948.02
7th Viol2t South Korea $308,901.19
8th Gesture South Korea $297,730.97
9th Profit South Korea $297,730.97
10th Bdosin South Korea $272,689.65
11th Twilight South Korea $267,391.59
12th Fury South Korea $222,400.43
13th birdring United States $208,453.84
14th Closer United States $197,480.74
15th NUS United States $188,479.09
16th SLIME South Korea $186,382.30
17th Nevix Sweden $180,755.36
18th Saebyeolbe South Korea $176,385.68
19th Mano South Korea $168,959.28
20th Libero South Korea $167,420.62

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