We’re well and truly living in the age of eSports. This was clear when Drake and Travis Scott teamed up with Ninja to play a round of Fortnite last month and broke the internet.
What started as a hobby for many has turned into a highly lucrative career for those good enough to separate themselves from the rest. In 2017, the eSports industry earned $1.5 billion in revenue, a lot of which finds its way into the pockets of the highly skilled gamers that play in front of crowds professional sports teams would be envious of.
Data tracked by esportsearnings.com shows just how profitable being good at video games can be nowadays. The top 10 highest earning eSports players have earned well over $1 million each, with Dota 2 gamer Kuro Takhasomi, aka KuroKy, of team Liquid leading the pack at just shy of $3.5 million in career earnings to date.
His Liquid teammate Miracle (real name Amer Al-Barkawi) follows closely behind with nearly $3.1 million earned so far.
Check out the rest of the top 10 on the infographic below.
While most sports are fighting hard to strengthen their international presence, eSports looks to be booming all around the world.
The infographic below outlines the highest eSports earnings by country and calculates the average income for professional eSports players in each of the top 20 countries.
If you’re looking to get into eSports, it might be good to know which game pays the most. In that case, esportsearnings.com also has you covered, listing the top multiplayer games by prize money, how many players and tournaments there are, and the leading country.
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