Cybersport has long ceased to be a hobby and a simple hobby for an interesting pastime. As a result of a long transformation, today, esports can be compared to traditional sports, because it hosts large stadium tournaments, and the best esports players receive rewards in the millions of dollars.
However, in order to become a successful esports player, players spend many hours of training every day. This allows not only to earn prize money, but also to conclude sponsorship contracts and receive advertising revenue. Against this background, since 2022, there has been an incredible increase in the popularity of esports in the world, large bookmakers accept bets on esports tournaments. One of these bookmakers is Mostbet. To start betting on CS:GO or Dota 2, just download the Mostbet App and fund your account. At the moment, more than 261,000 people follow eSports. Experts believe that by 2025 this figure will increase by 2.5 times.
In this article, we take a look at the top 5 richest esports players in 2023.
How much do esportsmen earn?
For 2022, total esports revenue worldwide was about $1.38 billion. The predominant part of this amount is paid by sponsors (about $850,000,000). At the same time, the Chinese eSports market brought in approximately $360,000,000. The biggest prizes are earned by players in Dota 2, where the largest prizes are. For example, the International Dota Main Event of the Year had a prize pool of $40,000,000 in 2021.
Also in esports, competitions are held in other games, such as CS:GO, LOL, PUBG, Fortnite and others. These tournaments also feature prizes in the millions of dollars.
Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen
This is one of the most successful players in Dota 2, the leader of the OG team. During his career as an esportsman, Topson earned $5,700,000. Despite the fact that a joint venture contributed to his huge earned fortune, a gamer from Finland is right now in the TOP of the most successful and richest esports players in the world. A player from Taiwan participated in 33 tournaments during his career and with his teammates was able to win The International 2019. However, at the moment, Topias Taavitsainen is in an inactive roster.
Sebastien “Ceb” Debs
Another player who has represented the colors of the OG team in the past. He is in 4th place in the list of the richest esportsmen in the world. If you compare Ceb and Topson, then Sebastien spent 34 more tournaments in his career.
At the same time, Ceb with OG won The International twice in a row, in 2018 and 2019. In 2021, Sebastien ended his career as a professional esports player, but despite this, many fans consider him one of the best in this business. Ceb’s total earnings are $5,800,000.
Anathan “ana” Pham
This esportsman won The International twice in 2018 and 2019 as part of OG. During his career, “ana” earned over $6,000,000 while the player took part in 26 tournaments, mostly with OG.
In 2021, Anathan Pham decided to take a break from esports, but already in 2022, he returned as part of the T1 team. At the moment, it’s too early to talk about any future for an esportsman after returning, and the competition in the game is only getting stronger. However, “ana” is actively playing Dota 2, including in the ranked mode. At The International 2022, the T1 team with Anathan Pham in the roster failed to pass the qualifying round, but at the same time, the player is still in the TOP-3 of the richest esports players in the world.
Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
This is a Dota 2 veteran from Finland, who also played with OG and managed to win The International in 2019 with his teammates. Also during his career, JerAx played for such powerful teams as Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid. At the moment, the esportsman has made a staggering $6,500,000 on his ability to play Dota 2, while Jesse Vainikka has taken part in 68 tournaments.
This esportsman takes 2nd place in the list of the richest esportsmen in the world. Despite the fact that JerAx at some point announced his retirement as a professional player, he is an active champion and part-time coach of Team Liquid. Despite the fact that the player’s future in esports seems vague, it is unlikely that anyone will be able to remove him from the TOP-3 of the richest esports players in the near future.
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
This is the richest esportsman in the world with a fortune of $7,200,000. N0tali mostly made his fortune in Dota 2 tournaments. During his career, the athlete took part in 130 tournaments. At the same time, in 2019, Johan became the winner at The International 2019. At this tournament, the total earnings of the cybersportsman amounted to $3,000,000.
Despite the fact that it is too early to talk about the future of N0tali, right now he is the richest player in esports and has no equal.