A person earning money playing video games would be a joke in the last decade, the obvious reason being that games were for fun and not considered as a serious career path. However, things have changed drastically in the last five to ten years. Gaming has become a source for earning money, the companies have poured in money and the eSports industry has been growing since.
Popular games like Counter-Strike, Dota and League Of Legends have become increasingly profitable for developers of these games and the gaming community in general. With more and more companies getting involved, more money has come into play in the eSports scene presently. Dota has been growing as a game with its users and players playing the game at a professional level. The game’s main event, known as “The International”, has been pulling more and more money every year, resulting in a great attraction for professional players who want to make a decent career out of eSports.
We will now have a look at some of the richest players of Dota 2 here.
Note: All figures have been sourced from eSports earnings.
#10 Peter Dager (ppd)
Peter Dager or ppd is a professional Dota 2 player who plays for Ninjas in Pyjamas. He is an offlaner and is famous for his time at Evil Geniuses. Peter was a great player of EG in their run for The International of 2015. He was also the CEO of EG for a year. Ppd plays as a support and is one of the main members of NiP. He has an overall earning of $2,984,166.36 according to latest available reports.
#9 Saahil Arora (UNiVeRsE)
Saahil Arora, famously known as UNiVeRsE, is an American professional Dota 2 player who plays for Forward Gaming. He is a very talented individual and is regarded as one of the best offlaners in the game. UNiVeRsE was a vital part of Evil Geniuses and has won competitions with them including The International of 2015. He was also with Team Secret for a brief time but came back to EG later. UNiVeRsE has an overall earning of $3,038,737.67 according to latest available reports.
#8 Maroun Merhej (GH)
Maroun Merhej also known by his gaming avatar GH is a Lebanese professional Dota 2 player from Team Liquid. He plays as a support for his team and has been famous for some of his great plays on particular heroes like IO. He has been a great asset for Liquid in their wins and has been a top-notch support player in the scene. GH has an overall earning of $3,193,844.84 according to latest available reports.
#7 Jesse Vainikka(JerAx)
Jesse Vainikka or widely known by his gaming name JerAx is a professional Dota 2 player for team OG. JerAx plays a support role for OG and is also a great offlaner. He has a great understanding of the game and has been a key player in OG’s success over the years. He has won The International of 2018 with his team and has earned a lot of recognition. JerAx has an overall earning of $3,344,963.82 according to latest available reports.
#6 Sumail Hassan (SumaiL)
Born in Pakistan, SumaiL is a gifted and technically talented professional Dota 2 player who plays for Evil Geniuses. The 20-year-old has been the heart and soul of EG in all competitions, including The International of 2015. SumaiL’s talent with Dota 2 heroes like Ember Spirit, Storm Spirit and Puck is recognized throughout the community. He has an overall earning of $3,349,914.94 according to latest available reports.
#5 Lasse Urpalainen (Matumbaman)
Lasse Urpalainen or Matumbaman is a Finnish professional Dota 2 player who used to play for Team Liquid but recently joined Chaos Esports Club. Matu broke through the esports scene as a carry player for Liquid. He is probably one of the best carry players in the game. Matumbaman has been a vital part of Liquid in the past. He has an overall earning of $3,540,616.04 according to latest available reports.
#4 Ivan Ivanov (MinD_ContRoL)
Ivan Ivanov or famously known by his gaming name MinD_ContRoL is a Bulgarian professional Dota 2 player who plays for Team Liquid. He has a very high understanding of the game and is one of the best Nature’s Prophet(Dota 2 hero) player in the entire Dota 2 scene. MinD_ContRoL has been a part of Liquid for a very long time and has been clinical in the team’s accomplishments. MinD_ContRoL has an overall earning of $3,590,911.76 according to latest available reports.
#3 Johan Sundstein (N0tail)
Johan Sundstein is a Dutch professional Dota 2 players who play for team OG. He has won many trophies with the team and is one of the most famous names in the eSports scene. OG won The International of 2018 which had a prize pool of $25 million. N0tail has an overall earning of $3,765,555.5 according to latest available reports.
#2 Amer Al-Barkawi (Miracle-)
Amer Al-Barkawi or famous mid-laner Miracle plays Dota 2 professionally for Team Liquid. He is from Jordan which is a county in the Middle-East. Miracle was one of the main reasons in Liquid’s success in recent years, he has incredible skills and is mechanically gifted in Dota 2. He has an overall earning of $3,799,837.28 according to latest available reports.
#1 Kuro Takhasomi(KuroKy)
Kuro Takhasomi or famously known by his gaming name KuroKy is a German Dota 2 player who plays for Team Liquid. His team has been on an incredible success ride in the past few years. They have earned around $17,336,099 from just Dota 2. Kuroky has been a vital part of Liquid’s success and has been paid well for his contributions to the team. His overall earning according to the latest available reports is $4,235,426.95.