Top 20 highest earning PUBG pro players - Updated Nov 13, 2019

by David Purcell


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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has staged many thrilling events since the game first released and with the game's competitive scene still battling it out for high prize pools, let's take a look at the top 20 highest earning professional players. 

PUBG burst onto the scene in March 2017 with the vision to take its battle royale concept to the mainstream and it has certainly achieved that, but it's now going toe-to-toe with Fortnite Battle Royale, Apex Legends, Call of Duty and others in the ever-growing BR market.

As more and more Twitch streamers and professional players started playing the game, the interest in the game mode surged and so to have the prize pools. During the first two years of competition, over $10 million worth of prize money has been awarded to successful gamers.

The competitions stepped up a notch when FACEIT announced their official integration of PUBG in September 2018 and fans have been treated to some incredible moments since, with a stunning, game-winning 1v6 clutch play at the PUBG FACEIT Global Summit 2019 from Sun ‘Cpt’ Yu-Ze to clinch victory.

PUBG Corp.
PUBG Corp.

A lot of changes have been made to PUBG since the game first launched in 2017.

The largest prize pool ever seen for a PUBG competitive event was the 2018 Global Invitational, where $1 million was up for grabs. The eventual winners were team Oh My God, which consisted of four Chinese players: silentBT_, lionkk, xiaohaixxxx and xiaorong.

The 2019 isn't too far either, though, kicking off in November. This could mark the next major change in these Top 20 standings.

The four Chinese competitive players shared winnings of $430,000 between them, with the statistics below showing just how much their performance at that event affected the worldwide standings of winningest pro players.

Thanks to esportsEarnings, fans can see which of their favorite players have pocketed the most cash from their tournament performances.

Top 20 highest earning PUBG players

Position Name Nationality Earnings
#1 Sambty Finland $218,033
#2 lionkk China $205,477
#3 Ibiza Holland $204,783
#4 Jeemzz Norway $204,783
#5 Loki South Korea $187,025
#6 silentBT_ China $181,549
#7 xiaohaixxxx China $179,906
#8 fuzzface Sweden $172,750
#9 mxey Finland $165,550
#10 xiaorong China $163,976
#11 ubah Russia $153,958
#12 EscA South Korea $153,763
#13 Jembty Finland $147,077
#14 Meluke Canada $142,583
#15 Chelator South Korea $127,040
#16 Scoom Gibraltar $126,204
#17 Simsn South Korea $125,722
#18 Zanpah United States $123,833
#19 Sharky United States $120,506
#20 Aitzy Norway $110,850

UPDATED: November 13, 2019

The table saw some drastic changes in October, with multiple players shuffling positions and long time leader lionkk finally being dethroned by Sambty thanks to a second place at the PUBG Europe League.

Sambty currently leads the pack with an impressive $218,033 earned in a scene that - sadly for its community - just doesn't offer the same level prize pools as other competitive esports.

PUBG competitive tournaments

National PUBG League 2019, Phase 3

Phase 3 of the National PUBG League 2019 started in September, as seen in the table below, and had a prize pool of up to $200,000. This proved to be a pivotal time of change for these rankings with team Tempo Storm coming out on top, splitting the prize pool across its players - Meluke, Zanpah, Sharky and Sharpshot - three of which now feature on the list of top earners.

With three of those players now placed in the middle of the pack, they will be hoping that next time a big competition comes around, they can continue moving even higher up this table.


2019 Global Championship

The game's 2019 Global Championship kicked off on November 8 and will run right the way through to the end of the month, drawing things to a close on November 24.

There will be 32 teams at the event, plus the best players from Phase 3, competing in an initial group phase, elimination round, semi-finals and eventually the grand final – with a prize pool of a whopping $3 million on the line.

Clearly, this month is going to have a huge impact on the best paid player standings so watch this space.

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