Highest-earning esports players of 2021

It shouldn’t arrive as a shock that the best entries on a list of the best prize pool-earning esports gamers for 2021 are the top rated three groups from this year’s Dota 2 International, or TI10. T110’s unbelievably huge $40 million prize pool was considerably and absent a great deal greater than any other celebration this yr and even increased than earlier TIs.

With that getting reported, listed here are the greatest-earning esports players of 2021 in conditions of prize pool winnings.

Crew Spirit’s Dota 2 roster – $3.68 million for each player

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  • Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk
  • Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek
  • Magomed “Collapse” Khalilov
  • Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov
  • Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov

Staff Spirit’s triumph at TI10 was absolutely nothing shorter of impressive. The CIS roster experienced been signed by Spirit much less than a year prior and hadn’t completed much ahead of their TI10 operate. They did not even gain more than enough DPC factors to be invited, they had to qualify via the Jap European qualifier. At the function, they narrowly competent for an upper bracket place and ended up instantly despatched down to the reduced bracket by Invictus Gaming. But then, Spirit went on a miraculous operate as a result of the grand finals with a five-game gain in excess of PSG.LGD.

For absolutely everyone on the staff other than Miposhka, their $3.68 million take house this yr represents more than 99 p.c of their whole life span earnings, in accordance to Esports Earnings. That range still will make up over 93 p.c of Miposhka’s full prize pool payouts, nevertheless.

PSG.LGD’s Dota 2 roster – $1.16 million for each player

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  • Wang “Ame” Chunyu
  • Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang
  • Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida
  • Zhao “XinQ” Zixing
  • Zhang “y`” Yiping

PSG.LGD’s around-flawless run at TI10 could have resulted in a heartbreaking conclude, but the players can truly feel a minor much better looking at their $1.1 million payouts. The staff out of China can be viewed as one of the very best Dota 2 squads of the year with wins at the WePlay AniMajor and the OGA Dota Pit Invitational underneath their belts.

The second-spot finish at TI10 pushes Ame, Religion_bian, and y’ into the above $3 million life span earnings group. Ame is the best life span earning Dota 2 participant without a TI earn (two 2nd-area finishes, one particular third, and one fourth).

Workforce Secret’s Dota 2 roster – $742,000 for every player

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  • Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
  • Michał “Nisha” Jankowski
  • Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg
  • Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat
  • Clement “Puppey” Ivanov

The associates of Staff Secret are no strangers to winning. The veteran roster of familiar Dota 2 faces arrived into TI10 with superior hopes, with MATUMBAMAN and Puppey each and every looking to repeat as champions and zai seeking to last but not least assert the Aegis which is eluded him for so prolonged. They fell limited this 12 months, dropping to Spirit in the reduce bracket finals. But $720,000 for a 3rd-position end isn’t much too shabby of a consolation prize.

With that consequence, MATUMBAMAN moves into the No. 9 place in all-time earnings for Dota 2 with $4.5 million overall ($2.1 million coming from Secret’s TI7 acquire along with Puppey). Zai became the 2nd-best earning Dota 2 participant with no a TI get driving the beforehand stated Ame.

Natus Vincere’s CS:GO roster – $687,000 per player

  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
  • Denis “electronic” Sharipov
  • Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov
  • Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy
  • Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi

Lastly, we get some names that aren’t Dota 2 gamers in the reigning CS:GO Main champions Na’Vi. This was the ideal yr on file for the Na’Vi CS:GO division with initially-spot finishes (and significant prize payouts) at the BLAST World wide Closing, IEM Cologne, and, of course, the PGL Stockholm Significant. Na’Vi as a complete took house $600,000 from BLAST, $400,000 from Cologne, $1 million from Stockholm, and an further million from finishing the IEM Grand Slam through their Cologne victory, plus a smattering of other initial-place finishes.

For just one of the game’s all-time greats in s1mple, his 2021 winnings stand for just over 50 per cent of his lifetime earnings. Conversely, his rookie teammate b1t’s acquire household signifies more than 97 per cent of his lifetime earnings in his younger career.

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