Ever wondered which esports players make the most money? You might be surprised- the biggest games aren’t necessarily the highest paying ones. In fact, even some niche esports players are making impressive earnings. Here are the top 10 esports games with the most prize money awarded, according to stats from Esportsearnings.
Top 10 Highest Paying Esports Games
10. SMITE – $8,550,112
SMITE is a free-to-play MOBA available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It’s also one of the biggest esports, with over $8.5 million awarded in 91 tournaments ($93,957 per tournament on average). Despite competition from huge MOBAs such as LoL and Dota 2, SMITE still has a strong following, with tournaments handing out over a million dollars in 2018 alone.
9. Overwatch – $11,570,305
The fast-paced, hero-based tactical team shooter is only getting bigger as an esport. The Overwatch League amassed huge viewing numbers this year, making Overwatch one of the most watched esports. Overwatch as an esport is likely to get even bigger in 2019.
8. Fortnite – $11,786,660
Fortnite is the biggest game in the world right now, so it’s no surprise to see it on this list. In just 110 tournaments, almost 11.8 million dollars have been won. This is only going to grow with the ongoing $10 million Fortnite Fall Skirmish.
7. Counter-Strike – $12,275,058
Counter-Strike 1.6 is one of the esports games that started it all. Even though prize pools never exceeded $200,000, top players earned thousands leading to a total of just over $12 million being won. Some of the highest-earning CS players now play CS:GO, such as 1.6 legends f0rest and Neo.
6. Hearthstone – $14,230,118
The free-to-play virtual card game based on World of Warcraft has a dedicated fanbase. While it may not be as mainstream as Fortnite or League of Legends, Hearthstone is still one of the top five most watched esports of the year. Tournaments are still going strong, such as the recent HCT Fall Championship.
5. Heroes of the Storm – $16,320,475
Blizzard’s free-to-play MOBA brings together characters from Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, and even Overwatch. It’s also one of the highest paying esports games, with over $16 million won across 435 tournaments. The action-packed team battles will appeal to any fan of MOBAs.
4. StarCraft II – $27,679,656
The fourth and final Blizzard game on the list. The StarCraft franchise has been an esport for over a decade, starting with StarCraft: Brood War. StarCraft II is bigger and better, with prize pools reaching up to $700,000. While it’s not the biggest esport, it still has a solid following and the best players have earned hundreds of thousands.
3. League of Legends – $56,641,019
LoL is a massive esport that’s getting bigger year-by-year. World Championships and Invitationals have prize pools of up to $5 million, and there are plenty of high-paying tournaments in between. With tons of fans watching on Twitch and top player Faker making over a million in prize money alone, it’s no surprise LoL is one of the highest paying esports games.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – $62,677,619
CS:GO is one of the most accessible esports. You don’t need to know all about the game to appreciate a good clutch or a slick ace. The esports scene is massive, with more tournaments than any other esport at 3549. The prize pools are also growing, with $1 million prize pools becoming commonplace. Check out some of the highest-paid CS:GO players for context.
1. Dota 2 – $170,147,590
Dota 2 eclipses every other game on the list with over $170 million dollars awarded to players in pro tournaments. That’s over twice as much as the second highest paying esports game! This is largely due to The International- an annual major funded by in-game purchases. TI 2018 had a higher prize pool than ever at a staggering $25,532,177. OG Esports took home $11,234,158 for first place.