There has long been an enigma surrounding video game playing as a salaried profession. Today, though, many professional gamers are making decent money and, on occasion, even becoming quite wealthy. There is more to esports than just prize money, as more talented players are signed up by powerful organizations looking to develop their players into potent competitors.

In order to determine the highest-paid esports players, we need to take into account different elements such as eSports revenue, competition prizes, casino, and sportsbook sponsorships, etc. In general, all the possible revenue streams need to be taken into account. As a rule, the player’s total earnings are the first thing to look at. It means all the money gained from streaming, online casino sponsorships and other sponsorships, and tournament rewards. So, let’s take a look at who are truly the top esports players and how much they earn.


Playing Fortnite, Nick Kolcheff gained a lot of popularity for using a controller instead of a mouse and keyboard. Esports pros are rarely seen using this style since it is perceived as a disadvantage. The StreamElements website ranks him tenth among top streamers for 2019. He secured a two-year, $2 million deal with Twitch because of this. He managed to earn an incredible $6 million from playing eSports.


A funny stream of Fornite made Timothy Betar extremely popular, and brands like Reese’s and Bud Light decided to become sponsors. Aside from streaming video games, he also commented on NFL Thursday Night Football games. He too inked an exclusive deal with Twitch by the end of 2019. According to some sources he managed to earn $8 million from playing eSports.


Sean McGloughlin has more than 25 million YouTube subscribers and around 1.5 million Twitch subscribers – which made him make it to this list of top-earning eSports players with $11 million. Video game content creator and Ireland’s most popular creator on YouTube, he plays different styles of games. In late 2018, he also began a clothing line with another YouTube gamer.

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