The 15 Richest Online Gamers in The World
For years now, professional gaming has been huge. Players and teams earn hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars with contracts and sponsorships from companies such as Red Bowl, who treat their E sports athletes just as they would any other athlete on the roster. These programmers have fans and groupies. The International Dota 2 tournament boasted the highest pool prize of any E sports tournament in history at $10.9 million for the top team won $5 million split amongst five players. People used to spend all their time playing online games are probably now kicking themselves after reading numbers like that. It's every kids dream to make money playing video games (see How to buy PC games on the cheap). Here are the top 15 people who are actually doing it.
15. Lee "Flash" Young-Ho - $495K - he has a South Korean professional StarCraft player. South Korea has the most winners than any other country in the world. He established himself as a child Eastport prodigy. He has the highest win lose ratio of any player in the world at 71.74%.
14. Kurtis "Aui 2000" Ling - $498K - he is the highest earning Canadian programmer in history and plays Dota 2.
13. Xie "Super" Junhao - $532K - he has a second generation Chinese Dota 2 player who is 22 years old and been playing professionally since 2011.
12. Peter "PPD" Dager - $577K - Peter is a 23-year-old American player and the captain of the team Evil Geniuses.
11. Lee "Jaedong" Jae Dong - $578K - he is widely considered the greatest Zerg player in StarCraft. He has achieved great success in the sequel StarCraft 11. His career began in South Korea and he won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award.
10. Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora - $581K - he is an American Dota 2 player who is currently the Offlaner in Evil Geniuses.
9. Oleksandr "XBOCT" Dashkevych - $601K - he has the second highest earning Ukrainian E sports player in the world.
8. Daniel "Dendi" Ishutin - $604K - he has a 25-year-old Ukrainian Dota 2 player and is often regarded as one of the most creative gamers in the game and is renowned for his unorthodox and unconventional play style.
7. Clement "Puppey" Ivanov - $667K - this Estonian 24-year-old is the highest earning non-Chinese player in the world.
6. Jang "Moon" Jai Ho - $943 - this South Korean has signed a $500,000 contract deal with the Korean Fox War craft 111 team. He is the highest earning Warcraft III player of all time.
5. Lee "NaDa" Yun-Yeol - $992K - he is one of the most celebrated and successful StarCraft players of all time. He is known for his excellent macro-management and innovative strategies in StarCraft.
4. Matt "NaDeSHoT" Haag - $886K - he is an American programmer and is the co-owner and captain of the OpTic Gaming Team. He makes most of his money with his 1.5 million YouTube subscribers and live streams his daily game sessions (see Top Forums for Gamers).
3. Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - $455K - this American gamer and entrepreneur is considered the world's first prominent and accomplished pro-gamer and poster child. He started his own business, which sells branded mouse pads and other gaming products. The company sells millions of dollars worth of products each year.
2. Team Newbee - $5.88M - this Chinese team consists of five players and won first place in the Dota 2 tournament. See more about Dota 2 tournaments.
1. Carlos "Ocelote" Rodriguez - $920K annually - this Spanish League of Legends player is a former professional World of War craft player. He's been described as the David Beckham of E sports because of his branding and he's well spoken and good-looking. In his case it is clear you don't have to be the best player playing for the best team to make serious cash in E sports.