The esports Rich List 2019 is out and, while it features several names from the world of traditional sports, there’s a distinct lack of esports stars. Well, not real ones anyway. So, based on prize money alone , who are the highest earners in esports as of this moment in 2019? Here’s the top earner from some of the most lucrative games… Liquid KuroKy – $4,165,926 When we originally planned this article, it was going to be the five biggest earners in esports history, but it quickly became apparent that would only appeal to the Dota 2 fans out there. Due to one tournament, The International, having more prize money than virtually any competition on earth, the list is dominated at the top by defenders of the Ancient, and top of that list is Liquid’s Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi.
As captain of Team Liquid he will be paid well, but it’s the 2017 TI win that puts Kuro in the elite, along with his record of never missing an iteration of Valve’s showpiece and presence on top teams. As the first player to reach 1000 professional games, it’s fair to say Kuro has earned his spot atop the list of esports millionaires. Astralis Xyp9x – $1,453,191 As the highest non-Dota name on this list, it is something of a surprise to see Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth atop the ranks of CSGO bourgeoisie, as he’s not the sort of person who instantly comes to mind when you think of CS success. His career is a long and impressive one, but it’s the back-to-back Majors and IEM Grand Slam that really give the Danes the boost, and Xyp9x is slightly ahead of his colleagues. Team-mates dev1ce and dupreeh aren’t far behind, and it’s unlikely they’ll be deposed anytime soon. For all the talk […]