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Who Are The Wealthiest Gamers In The World? (July 2022)

It wasn’t long ago when we could remember how pro gamers, streamers, and e-sports athletes made barely enough from their gaming careers. It wasn’t something that you’d decide to do just because you could make a full-time income out of it. On the contrary, making money from gaming was something more of a hobby than anything else a couple of decades ago.

Today, you’re now seeing professional players from different games earning millions of dollars per championship, video game content creators earning thousands of dollars a month on their YouTube channel, and even professional streamers from every streaming platform earning six figures a month, or even landing an exclusive streaming deal.

But it wasn’t only e-sports athletes, professional gamers, and streamers who’ve made it big decades ago. Video game publishers such as Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard are constantly releasing content to their growing market, so much so that they’re expected to reach $196 billion by the end of 2022 (1).

Now, gamers are getting themselves a slice of the pie too but trust us, it’s easier said than done. Much like other professional sporting events, professional video game competitions are comprised of e-sports athletes. These are the top 1% of the entire gaming community for their given games. These are the Lebron James, the Tiger Woods, the Tom Brady, and pretty much every star athlete you could think of. When professional gamers earn a ton of money from a single event, it comes off as one of the biggest surprises for the person outside looking in.

How can someone who’s into video gaming be earning close to what professional athletes are earning? How can someone who’s streaming 8 hours a day have close to millions of dollars of endorsements from the big brands in the game industry?

Key Statistics

Here are the players with the highest overall earnings as of July 2022 (those who earned the most prize money) (2),(3):

  1. N0tail (Johan Sundstein) $7,184,163.05 Dota 2
  2. JerAx (Jesse Vainikka) $6,486,948.78 Dota 2
  3. ana (Anathan Pham) $6,004,411.96 Dota 2
  4. Ceb (Sébastien Debs) $5,813,909.40 Dota 2
  5. Topson (Topias Taavitsainen) $5,690,417.57 Dota 2
  6. KuroKy (Kuro Takhasomi) $5,230,947.73 Dota 2
  7. Miracle (Amer Al-Barkawi) $4,833,885.26 Dota 2
  8. MinD_ContRoL (Ivan Ivanov) $4,614,959.74 Dota 2
  9. Matumbaman (Lasse Urpalainen) $4,526,049.04 Dota 2
  10. GH (Maroun Merhej) $4,229,254.27 Dota 2

There’s also a reason why the top 10 are comprised of professional Dota 2 players. Listed below are the top e-sports games worldwide in 2021 based on cumulative tournament prize pool (4),(5):

  1. DOTA 2 – $47.73 Million
  2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – $21.17 Million
  3. PlayerUnknown`s Battlegrounds Mobile – $17.16 Million
  4. PlayerUnknown`s Battlegrounds – $ 16.03 Million
  5. Arena of Valor – $13.34 Million
  6. Fortnite Million – $9.47 Million
  7. League of Legend – $7.68 Million
  8. Valorant – $6.44 Million
  9. Rainbow Six Siege – $6.22 Million
  10. Call of Duty: Warzone – $6.12 Million

Source: (4), (5)

Who Earned The Highest Prize Money Earned For A Single Event?

  • Johan “N0tail” Sundstein – $7.2 million – DOTA 2
  • Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf – $3.2 million – Fortnite
  • Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen – $1.9 million – Counter-Strike Global Offensive
  • Ian “C6” Porter – $1.3 million – Call of Duty
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – $1.3 million – League of Legends

Every single professional gamer on this list are recognized by gamers in the world for their skills, personality, and of course, their prize money earned for major tournaments. Games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends are known for drawing in huge crowds on top of large cash prizes.

Listed below are players from the most popular games with major tournaments who earned the highest prize money for a single event. Note that for this list, we’ll only be including the highest paid player from a single game.

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein – $7.2 million – DOTA 2

Johan “N0tail” Sundstein Wealthiest Gamers in the World

N0tail is a man who needs no introduction. Considered as the best Dota 2 player right now, this Danish athlete became the highest paid athlete in e-sports after winning The International for the second time in a row. His payday back in TI8 and TI9 weren’t the only things that were impressive. He also had a massive payout during his stint with Fnatic.

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf – $3.2 million – Fortnite

Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf Wealthiest Gamers In The World

Fortnite became one of the most popular video games within a short period of time, so it wasn’t a complete surprise for its players when Fortnite burst into the e-sports scene. With Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite, investing millions of dollars into tournaments, only one professional gamer rose to the top: Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf”.

Coming from Sentinels, Bugha dominated everyone by playing Fortnite World Cup back in 2019 and earned $3.2 million in prize money.

Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen – $1.9 million – Counter-Strike Global Offensive

Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen Wealthiest Gamers in the World

Fortnite isn’t the only FPS game out there with huge payouts. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the few and most popular FPS games in the e-sports scene right now with several professional icons. Among them is Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen, dubbed as the Frag Master. Having won four Valve Major tournaments, he helped Astralis rose to fame by pushing them to the top of the Counter-Strike standings.

Ian “C6” Porter – $1.3 million – Call of Duty

Ian “C6” Porter Wealthiest Gamers in the World

If you’ve ever played any of the FPS games mentioned above, then you’ve probably played Call of Duty. The franchise is not only known for its multiplayer content but also for its single player content as well.

However, CoD isn’t as popular as CS:GO or Fortnite when it comes to the professional e-sports scene but it doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t have professional gamers. Among them is Ian “C6” Porter, who you might consider as the N0Tail or Faker of the game.

He’s won three world championships with 37 major tournaments under his belt. Having said that, he’s earned more than $1 million in prize earnings.

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok – $1.3 million – League of Legends

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok Wealthiest Gamers In The World

Professional gamers aren’t exactly known outside of the gaming circuit, and it’s rare for non-gamers to recognize some of them. However, one such professional gamer has made his mark in the gaming scene, so much so that even those who’re not playing League of Legends recognize him.

Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok is that gamer. Probably considered as the most celebrated gamer in South Korea and in the world, Faker is literally a god when it comes to League of Legends. A constant Mid laner for SKT T1, Faker has helped his team win three world titles. What’s even more impressive here is that he won his first World Championship during his debut.

When he’s not playing major tournaments, Faker is also a full time Twitch streamer and his fans from all over the world flock to his stream for his amazing plays.

Who Are The Richest Gamers In The World?

  • Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg ($60 million)
  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevins ($40 million)
  • Daniel “DanTDM” Middleton ($35 million)
  • Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach ($35 million)
  • Evan “VanossGaming” Fong ($25 million)

Gamers in the world will recognize pretty much all of the names listed on here. These are the richest gamers in the world right now, accounting for their income from streaming, views, endorsements, tournament wins, and so on.

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg ($60 million)

Felix PewDiePie Kjellberg Wealthiest Gamers in the World

PewDiePie, or Felix Kjellberg, is at the top of the list of the richest gamers with close to a net worth of $60 million as of 2022. Unlike most of the YouTube channels, PewDiePie plays a lot of video games. This is probably the biggest reason why he draws in a lot of viewers, on top of his quirky and funny personality. He also made his mark on YouTube by playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent and recording his over the top reactions. This was probably the start of his gaming content.

He earns close to $20,000 from each video, and with hundreds of videos uploaded, well you do the math. He also earns money from his mobile app and his bestselling book called “This Book Loves You.” As of this writing, the book sold more than 112,000 copies worldwide.

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins ($40 million)

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins Wealthiest Gamers in the World

Tyler Blevins, a.k.a Ninja, is one of the biggest Fortnite streamers on YouTube and Twitch. His antics and plays have garnered him millions of viewers and subscribers respectively. Celebrity Net Worth reported that Ninja has about 24 million subscribers on Twitch and gets about 2.5 billion views on his uploaded videos. Twitch streaming earns him about $5 per subscription, so he hits close to $500,000 to $1,000,000 a month on the platform alone.

He signed an exclusive deal with Microsoft, which increased his net worth further. This meant that he only had to stream exclusively on their platform, Mixer. Because of this buyout, Ninja earned $40 million from this exclusive deal.

Daniel “DanTDM” Middleton ($35 million)

Daniel Middleton Wealthiest Gamers In The World

Daniel Middleton hosts a YouTube channel for Minecraft, but he does cover different games here and there. His channel, now known as DanTDM, was formerly known as The Diamond Minecart (in reference to two items found in Minecraft).

His videos have garnered 10 billion views in total. Back in 2017, he earned $16.5 million just from the gaming videos. It’s reported that he earns close to $12 million or so annually from videos.

He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most views for his Minecraft channel. His other accolades include scoring the most number of goals for Rocket League in a team of 2-3.

Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach ($35 million)

Mark Markiplier Fischbach Wealthiest Gamers in the World

Mark Fischbach, or Markiplier, is considered as a jack of all trades and master of none. He’s probably the second biggest variety streamer and content creator, next to PewDiePie. His YouTube channel has about 30 million subscribers with a total views of 17 billion for all of his uploaded videos.

Like PewDiePie, Markiplier is known for not taking himself seriously. He’s known for his funny antics and commentary for every game he plays. It’s reported that he earns about $10 million and up to $20 million a year just from gaming. When he’s not gaming, he’s also an actor, director, producer, and writer.

Mark Fischbach, or Markiplier, also became popular when he recorded his over the top reactions for the Freddy’s series (a video game about carnival mascots coming to life and murdering you). Over the last year, Markiplier and his friends where last seen streaming and recording for Phasmophobia, a game that lets you play as one of the members of a paranormal action squad that investigates haunted houses.

Evan “VanossGaming” Fong ($25 million)

Evan VanossGaming Fong Wealthiest Gamers In The World

Evan Fong does not have any fancy alias, but he’s still widely recognized for his channel, VanossGaming. The channel boasts of 21 million subscribers and rising, with an average of 8 billion views for his uploaded videos.

He mostly plays Grand Theft Auto V and Call of Duty: World at War. In his gaming videos, he is usually accompanied by his friends and it’s mostly just about random conversations here and there.

He was nominated for Shorty Award for Tech and Innovation in 2016 and The Game Award for Trending Gamer in 2014. Because he won these awards, he decided to drop out of college to pursue a full-time career in YouTube gaming. It’s reported that he earns close to $12 million a year from his YouTube content.

Who Are The Richest Streamers In The World?

Whether it’s on YouTube or Twitch, these are the richest streamers in the world right now as of 2022. The biggest streamers have earned close to seven figures from their subscriptions, donations, and more.

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins Wealthiest Gamers in the World

Ninja is widely considered to be the most viewed streamer back in the day, but that doesn’t mean he’s not as popular as before. He’s still one of the biggest names in streaming, so much so that your grandparents might recognize him for his colored hair.

But he wasn’t a big streamer when he started. Tyler Blevins’ gaming career started back when he was playing Halo competitively for many of the big named sports teams such as Cloud9, Team Liquid, and Renegades. In 2017, he started to stream Fortnite and his popularity pretty much grew overnight. He quadrupled his Twitch following in less than 6 months after being a former pro player for Halo.

In 2019, he signed a deal with Microsoft for exclusively streaming in Mixer, their proprietary streaming platform. However, he returned to Twitch a year later after Mixer shut down the year after. He still streams Fortnite, but he admitted to becoming addicted to Apex Legends.

Michael “Shroud” Grzeziek

Michael Shroud Grzeziek Wealthiest Gamers in the World

Much like Ninja, Shroud, or Michael Grzesiek, needs no introduction. He’s the second biggest Twitch streamer as of this writing with a net worth of $24 million. As of August 2021, Shroud has the 5th most followed channel on Twitch with 9.5 million followers. He also signed exclusively with Mixer together with Ninja, but returned to Twitch. This time, Twitch made sure to lock him in through an exclusivity contract.

Like Ninja, Michael Grzesiek started his career playing CS:GO professionally for different e-sports teams, such as Manajuma and Exertus eSports. He recently signed a deal to play Valorant for Sentinels as part of their e-sports team earlier last week.

Shround plays a lot of FPS games, mostly Rainbow Six Siege, Valorant, and CS:GO. He was heavily streaming PUBG at the peak of its popularity and gained followers from the mobile side of things as well with his sick plays.

Turner “Tfue” Tenney

Turner Tenney Wealthiest Gamers In The World

Turner Tenney, or Tfue, is the third wealthiest streamer with a net worth of $20 million and second most followed Twitch channel with more than 10 million followers.

He started his streaming career playing Destiny, H1Z1, and Call of Duty. He later switched to Fortnite in 2018 and joined an e-sports clan called FaZe. It was a short-lived endeavor as Tfue decided to sue FaZe for pressuring him into illegal gambling and underage drinking. It was also reported that FaZe took out a large percentage from his earnings from different brand deals.

In the end, FaZe decided to redo his contract where he would receive 100% of his revenues, but Tfue declined. Once the dust settled, Tfue went on to resume streaming Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Warzone to name a few.

Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter

Rachell Valkyrae Hofstetter Wealthiest Gamers In The World

The fourth streamer on this list is not only one of the richest streamers in the world, but she also owns an e-sports team. Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter comes in with a net worth of $15 million (estimated) and 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube. Needless to say, she’s one of the most popular female streamers in the world with a large fan base.

Valkryae got into streamer after she was encouraged by one of her followers on Instagram and other friends. In 2018, she was the first content creator and female gamer to sign with 100 Thieves, which eventually led to her co-owning the organization last April 2021. She signed an exclusive deal with YouTube to stream on their platform.

Timothy John “TimTheTatman” Betar

Timothy John TimTheTatman Betar Wealthiest Gamers in the World

Timothy John Betar, or TimTheTatman, slides into this list with a net worth of $10 million. He has 4 million subscribers on YouTube and counting. But he’s not just all numbers. TimTheTatman is good at what he does, and it shows on his streaming content.

Known for being a variety streamer, TimTheTatman started his career back in 2011 creating content for YouTube. He streamed games such as CS:GO and World of Warcraft when he first started. But like Ninja, TimTheTatman grew in popularity when he also started playing Fortnite. He went on to grow to 6.5 million followers on Twitch before signing exclusively with the platform on Sept 2021. He also earns from his extensive clothing line, which focuses on body positivity and his brand.

Recently, he’s been streaming and creating content for Call of Duty: Warzone but he does dabble with other games.

Which Platform Hosts the Most Richest Streamers?

According to Statista (6):

  • Twitch leads the number of hours watched during the first quarter of 2022 with 6.129 million.
  • YouTube follows after a large gap with 1.29 million hours.
  • Facebook comes in last with 803,000 hours.

Twitch is home to most of the richest streamers and gamers worldwide, boasting close to about 2.5 million unique active channels streaming monthly and 15 million active users clocked in daily.

YouTube comes to a close second after Twitch, so it doesn’t come off as a surprise when it comes to their aggression for landing exclusivity deals with other popular streamers such as DrLupo. Facebook Gaming still has a long way to go if it wants to catch up to YouTube alone, even more for Twitch. But it doesn’t mean that they’re lacking. Like YouTube, Facebook Gaming is aggressive in landing exclusive deals. They’re even beginning to attract the big streamers such as Disguised Toast of Hearthstone fame and StoneMountain64.

References

(1) https://www.businessinsider.com/video-game-industry-120-billion-future-innovation-2019-9
(2) https://www.esportsearnings.com/players
(3) https://www.statista.com/statistics/518010/leading-esports-players-worldwide-by-earnings/
(4) https://www.esportsearnings.com/games
(5) https://www.statista.com/statistics/501853/leading-esports-games-worldwide-total-prize-pool/
(6) https://www.statista.com/statistics/1030795/hours-watched-streamlabs-platform/

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james stephenson profile picJames is a gaming and tech enthusiast. He has been playing computer games since the Commodore 64 days in the 80s. He has worked as a Broadcast Engineer with BBC News and knows a thing or two about building, fixing, and playing with PCs.