Author:
Dominik Petermeier

Top 10 Ranking according to earned prize money

The most successful eSports pros of all times

The eSports scene is booming. Numerous eSports teams compete against each other in the regional and international competitions of the big eSports games, such as League of Legends, Fortnite and Dota 2, and compete for millions of dollars in prize money. Even the professional players are now celebrated stars and are getting closer and closer to the merits of the classic athletes.
But how much do the top eSports professionals earn exactly? This is the ranking of the ten most successful eSports pros.

Not surprising: Due to the above-average prize money of the Dota 2 The International Championships, the top 10 most successful eSports pros are exclusively occupied by Dota 2 players. The first non-Dota placement is taken by the US-American Fortnite pro Kyle Giersdorf, aka "Burgha", on rank 12, who could secure the first place of the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 - Solo.

10th place: Lasse "Matumbaman" Urpalainen

Lasse Urpalainen, aka Matumbaman, is a Finnish Dota 2 professional player. Currently, the Dota pro competes on the Solo Middle Position for Team Secret, but has recorded his greatest successes for Team Liquid, for which he was able to secure us his teammates the first place in the Dota 2 championship The International 2017 and the fourth place in The International 2018. Over the course of his career, Matumbaman earned a total of $3,740,194.44 USD in prize money, making him the 10th most successful eSportsman of all time.

9th place: Maron "GH" Merhej

The 9th place of the most successful eSportsmen goes to Maron Merhej. Under the nickname "GH" the Lebanese competes for the Dota 2 team Nigma. Together with his former teammate, the support player also competed for The International 2017 and 2018 and took first and fourth place under Team Liquid. With a total prize money of 4,183,919.04 USD, GH is ranked 9th in the ranking.

8th: Ivan "MinD_ContRol" Ivanov

Ivan "MinD_ContRol" Ivanov achieved a total of three big successes in Dota 2s The Internationals. Beside the first place in 2017 and the fourth place in 2018 the Bulgarian offlaner secured the second place at The International 2019 for himself and his team Team Liquid. Among other things this success made MinD_ContRol reach the 7th place in front of his two former team mates GH and Matumbaman with a total of 4.570.985,96 USD of earned prize money.

7th place: Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi

Nigma's solo midlaner Al-Barkawi (Miracle-) has been playing since the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 In 2017 he won his championships at the side of MinD_ContRol and has therefore had the same success since then. 1st place at The International 2017, 4th place at The International 2018 and 2nd place at The International 2019, so the Polish-Jordanian Dota 2 professional takes 7th place in the ranking of the most successful eSports professionals with a total profit of 4.789.911,48 USD.

Arena of the Dota 2 International Championships 2018.

6th place: Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi

One of the most experienced players in the top 10 is the German support player Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi. Already in 2013 he took part in his first The International Championship, where he and his former team finished second. He has also been able to maintain his performance in recent years, winning The International in 2017 and finishing second in 2019. Due to his numerous successes, the current Team Nigma Support received a total of $5,190,106.15 USD in prize money and reached 6th place in this ranking.

5th place: Topia's "Topson" Taavitsainen

With a total of two victories at The International 2018 and 2019 with his current team OG, Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen is one of the most successful Dota 2 pros in recent years. In his playing position Solo Middle the Finn has already managed to win a total of USD 5,448,502.57 in prize money and finishes in 5th place.

4th place: Sébastien "Ceb" Debs

Sébastien Debs, aka Ceb or 7ckngMad, is a French-Lebanese Dota 2 offlaner. He is currently competing for OG and together with his teammates he was able to secure two first places in the Dota 2 championship The International 2018 and 2019. Over the course of his career, Ceb has earned a total of $5,530,197.41 USD in prize money, putting him 4th in the list of the most successful eSportsmen of all time.

3rd place: Anathan "ana" Pham

As winner of The International Championships 2018 and 2019 with OG, the solo Midlle Carrry Anathan Pham (ana) finishes third. In the course of his Dota-2 career, the author has been able to secure a total of USD 6,000,411.96 in prize money so far. ana is currently not active in professional eSports.

2nd place: Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka

With a total of three placings, Finland is particularly dominant among the top 10 most successful eSports pros. Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka is the highest placed Finn and ends up on place 2 in the overall ranking. As a support player JeraAx was able to win together with his OG teammates The International 2018 and The International 2019, winning prize money totalling USD 6,470,548.78. JerAx has been out of professional eSports since January 2020.

1st place: Johan "N0tail" Sundstein

The eSport professional with the highest total prize money earned and therefore 1st place in the ranking is Johan "N0tail" Sundstein. The current support of the successful team OG, which the Dane himself founded in 2015 as "(monkey) Business", has so far been able to record the victory at The International 2018 and 2019 as his greatest successes. N0tail also won numerous other smaller championships. As a Dota 2 and former Heroes of Newerth professional, Sundstein has won a total of USD 6,940,222.80 in championship prize money over the course of his career, making him the most successful eSportsman of all time in terms of earned prize money.

Johan Sundstein, aka N0tail - The most successful eSportsman of all times.
Author:
Dominik Petermeier
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