Are you still stuck in thinking there is no future in gaming? Well, then it’s time for you to pinch yourself! Individuals are choosing to become professional gamers and excelling at it. They are not just having the time of their life but also earning millions. Yes, you heard that right. However, this was not the scene a decade or so ago. The picture changed with the launch of games like League of Legends. Then came the successful title, Fortnite.
Video gaming is not just for kids and teenagers anymore. People of distinct age groups are indulging in playing at the professional level. Playing video games and live streaming is not how you spend your leisure time. Around billions of players play and stream games worldwide. There are academies and training centres to train esports players. These players then go on to earn millions of dollars yearly. From brand endorsements, sponsorship money, gaming industry to championship prize money, they have multiple sources of income.
There are several platforms for skilled and dedicated gamers to earn by streaming their games. In this article, we will list down the top richest esports players around the world.
Tyler Blevins aka Ninja – Net Worth $17 Million
This 30-year-old professional gamer and steamer are currently the richest in the world. Born on 5th June 1991 in Detroit, Michigan, US, got famous streaming Fortnite. He has been in the game streaming business for a decade now. Ninja has so far streamed games, including Fortnite, H1Z1, PubG, and Call of Duty. He is not only the richest but the most followed gamer on Twitch, with around 16.4 million followers. According to NYTimes, he has even claimed to make ‘$500,000 a month’ just from streaming. Tyler is constantly looking for ways to make money without having to spend time at his desk. Other than this, he indulges in brand and product endorsements of Adidas, Red Bull, etc.
Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie – Net Worth $15 Million
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg is the full name of this Swedish Youtuber with over 110 million subscribers. He is mainly famous for his utterly hilarious content. He initially got famous for making Let’s Play videos. Later on, he started making comic videos and shows. PewDiePie is better known to read comments, make podcasts, playing fan-made or indie games, vlog, collaborating with his wife and other YouTubers. His content never really died down, and he managed to pull 4.5 million views in 2019. He knows which content to make to attract the audience. Thus, it keeps on making fresh, entertaining, and short-range. PewDiePie is one of the YouTubers who can quickly get 1.3 million views in a matter of hours.
Preston Arsement – Net Worth $14 Million
If you are into playing Minecraft, you have come across the name ‘Preston Arsement’. He is famous for his Minecraft gameplay. Nevertheless, he is better known for his vlogs. But, Minecraft gameplays helped him to hoard 17.9 million YouTube subscribers and 32 million from a total of 4 channels. His earnings to are driven mainly by his Minecraft gameplay. Preston is just 27 years old and still happens to be the third richest gamer in the world. He has over 1.6 million accounts following him on Instagram. Other than Minecraft, you can also catch Preston sharing his Roblox gaming videos. Even though most of his subscribers are kids, he manages to earn millions from the content on his YouTube channel.
Mark Fishbach aka Markiplier – Net Worth $14 Million
This podcaster and YouTuber from Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the wealthiest and most popular gaming influencers worldwide. He has around 18 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, with his videos reaching a whopping 8 billion views. Being popular among different age groups, he utilized his position for charity and raised $3 million. He is primarily famous for his gameplays of Garry’s Mod, Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Five Nights at Freddy’s, etc. If you ask what pulls such a vast audience, it has to be his witty replies. In addition, it makes his gaming videos entertaining and enjoyable which further helps him earn millions of dollars. Even though he resides in Los Angeles, California, Mark started his career in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Michael Grzesiek aka Shroud – Net Worth $12.5 Million
You will be lying if you say that you never heard of “Shroud” if you love gaming. With over 6.8 million followers on YouTube, he earns over $12.5 million. He was formerly known as mEclipse. He is a Canadian YouTuber, streamer, and professional gamer. Shroud used to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at a professional level previously. He has played for multiple ESEA teams. His first-person shooter and battle royale gaming skills need to be praised. Even though he was annoyingly accurate at CS: GO, he has now retired. Michael is now a fulltime Twitch streamer. Well, it was just a walk in the park to rule over the PubG battlefield with his brilliant fps skills. Just streaming PubG got him instant popularity on Twitch.
Daniel Middleton aka DanTDM – Net Worth $12 Million
DanTDM is another YouTuber and gamer to gain popularity by streaming Minecraft gameplays. He is 29 years old English gamer and streamer. Not just Minecraft, but he also struck gold by playing and covering games like Pokemon and Roblox. Daniel has over 25.6 million subscribers on YouTube and over 18.2 million views just on his main channel. In addition, his commentaries in his videos have helped him reach out to millions of people worldwide. Daniel certainly knows how to keep the audience hooked. He is not just a gamer but also a musician, actor, and author. He even was listed as the highest-paid YouTube star in 2017 by earning $16.5 million that year. To date, Daniel has posted over 3,490 videos.
Evan Fong aka VanossGaming – Net Worth $11.5 Million
Evan Fong is a Canada-based internet celebrity. He is not just a gamer but a music producer, video game commentator, and DJ. This 29-year-old YouTuber managed to be one of the wealthiest gamers in the world. If you follow PewDiePie, you may find Evan’s gaming style to be familiar. He has a YouTube Channel named VanossGaming. This channel mainly offers gaming content based on different games available. He creates montage-style videos of other YouTubers or creators and him playing video games. This includes Garry’s Mod and Grand Theft Auto V. VanossGaming has over 25.6 million subscribers. It only takes his videos a day or two to reach 1 million views. Thus, if you haven’t started following him, you must do it right away!
Sean William McLoughlin aka Jacksepticeye – Net Worth $11 Million
Anyone who is a fan of funny gaming videos must have seen Sean’s video once in their lifetime. This 31-year-old Irish YouTuber is mainly known for his Let’s Play series and vlogs. With over 27.4 million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Jacksepticeye has gotten over 144 billion views. He is the most subscribed Irish YouTube Channel. He founded and owned the Top of The Mornin’ Coffee company. But, it is not the end of it. He is the co-founder of Cloak, a clothing brand along with Markiplier. He also actively participates in fundraisers and helps to raise millions for the needy. Viewers find his content entertaining with his occasional swearing.
Timothy John Betar aka TimTheTatman – Net Worth $8 Million
He earns millions with 4 million viewers on his Twitch streams and 4.11 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. You will mainly find him streaming games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Overwatch, and more. The popularity of Fortnite earned him millions of views within very little time. He is a USA-based YouTuber and Streamer. Timothy is a Monster Energy esports player. The Audio-Technica Corporation sponsors him. In The Gamer’s Choice Award of 2018, Timothy won the Fan Favorite Male Streamer/Gamer of the Year award. He is known to have signed a deal with Twitch and signed an exclusive streaming deal with them. He also streams World of Warcraft on his channel. His videos have over 524 million views.
Johan Sundstein aka N0tail – Net Worth $6 Million
Every Dota 2 player must be familiar with N0tail. He is a professional Dota 2 player, plays and maintains captaincy for the OG team. He is a 27-year-old from Denmark and has won four Major championships. Other than this, he has participated in four repetitions of The International and won in 2018 and 2019. Johan was the very first Danish esports athlete to win the tournament. Winning two consecutive years with rewards totalling $27 million made them the wealthiest esports team worldwide. He has 153k subscribers on his YouTube channel and 274k followers on his Instagram page. Other than Dota 2, he is also known to play heroes of Newerth. He also played with teams like Cloud9, Team Secret, and Fnatic.
That was it, the wealthiest professional gamers around the world. All of these players have different ways of earning. Neither all of them make from tournaments, nor everyone is YouTuber. Hence, you can say that there are multiple ways of getting rich by streaming or playing games. Many gamers tend to start their business and be successful. Others love to offer the audience entertaining videos of them and other creators. People wouldn’t have believed a decade ago that becoming a millionaire by playing games was possible. But here we are, with gamers from every region of the world making millions by playing games. If you have an innate talent for gaming, maybe it’s time to try to make some money out of it.