Here are the top 50 esports prize earners in 2020

Source: Maria Emelianova

 

Esports Earnings has released its annual list of top 50 esports prize earners, and 2020 looks significantly different than iterations from previous years. The highest earner? Professional Chess mastermind Magnus Carlsen. 

 

The 30-year-old Norwegian took home $511,000 in prize money on Chess24 last year, higher than any other pro gamer from the likes of Dota 2, CS:GO or League of Legends.  He was one of four Chess24 players to appear in the top 50 highest earners list, which can be seen in full below (data provided by EsportsEarnings.com): 

 

Player
Real name
Total (Year)
Game
Country
Age
DrNykterstein
Sven Magnus Carlsen
$510,587
Chess24
Norway
30
Clayster
James Eubanks
$383,325
Call of Duty
USA
28
Crimsix
Ian Porter
$368,200
Call of Duty
USA
27
iLLeY
Indervir Dhaliwal
$358,625
Call of Duty
Canada
19
Shotzzy
Anthony Cuevas-Castro
$351,625
Call of Duty
USA
19
Huke
Cuyler Garland
$347,375
Call of Duty
Saudi Arabia
21
Hikaru
Hikaru Nakamura
$324,645
Chess24
USA
33
PVDDR
Paulo Damo da Rosa
$300,000
Magic: The Gathering Arena
Brazil
33
Cellium
McArthur Jovel
$256,550
Call of Duty
USA
20
Simp
Christopher Lehr
$250,708
Call of Duty
USA
19
Priestahh
Preston Greiner
$249,213
Call of Duty
USA
22
GMWSO
Wesley So
$246,180
Chess24
USA
27
paraboy
Zhu, Bojun
$243,186
PUBG
China
18
aBeZy
Tyler Pharris
$243,025
Call of Duty
USA
21
MajorManiak
Michael Szymaniak
$228,833
Call of Duty
USA
22
Canadian
Troy Jaroslawski
$220,000
Rainbow Six Siege
Canada
24
Bosco
Dylan Bosco
$220,000
Rainbow Six Siege
USA
25
Rampy
Nathanial Duvall
$220,000
Rainbow Six Siege
USA
22
Thinkingnade
Javier Escamila
$220,000
Rainbow Six Siege
USA
21
Fultz
Alec Fultz
$220,000
Rainbow Six Siege
USA
20
glory
Sato Kenta
$211,750
Hearthstone
Japan
--
Rogue
Lee, Byung Ryul
$207,383
Starcraft II
South Korea
26
Matumbaman
Lasse Urpalainen
$203,588
DOTA 2
Finland
25
Puppey
Clement Ivanov
$203,588
DOTA 2
Estonia
30
Zai
Ludwig Wåhlberg
$203,588
DOTA 2
Sweden
23
YapzOr
Yazied Jaradat
$203,588
DOTA 2
Jordan
26
Nisha
Michał Jankowski
$203,588
DOTA 2
Poland
20
TaySon
Tai Starčič
$192,900
Fortnite
Slovenia
16
Scump
Seth Abner
$174,125
Call of Duty
USA
25
Bubzkji
Lucas Andersen
$174,100
CS:GO
Denmark
22
JannisZ
Jannis Matwin
$170,350
Fortnite
Germany
15
Envoy
Dylan Hannon
$168,033
Call of Duty
USA
20
coolboy
Zeng, Ronghua
$167,516
PUBG
China
21

 

Chess hardly qualifies as an esports competition, but it has become quite popular on streaming platform Twitch over the past few years, and the global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many chess competitions to pivot online alongside a majority of esports events. 

Another reason why games like chess and Call of Duty were able to dominate the table was the amount of Tier S competitions in other esports getting canceled. Dota 2's The International — which has always been the highest prize pool event in esports with prize pools in the eight figures — never happened, and neither did any of the CS:GO million-dollar Majors. On TI merit alone, the top X of earners traditionally belonged to Dota 2, as TI champions would get $4M or more off one event alone. In 2020, however, not a single Dota 2 player is present. 

 

Simultaneously, the establishment of Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty League has resulted in many CoD pros claiming top spots on the list. 

 

H/T Unikrn


 

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