5 Highest Earning Professional Gamers. This top 5 lists the 5 richest gamers. We never knew so much could be made from gaming and these are only earnings from prize money!
5. Oleksandr Dashkevych – $435,838
Oleksandr Dashkevych, or XBOCT, is 29 and has played in a total of 36 tournaments. He is part of the Ukrainian team Natus Vincere, and he plays DotA 2 ( Defense of the Ancients ) professionally. He is mostly known for his talent as a Carry in the game.
4. Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin – $438,142
Dendi originally played the first “Defense of the Ancients” in 2008 for a living, until hired by a professional gaming team – Natus Vincere – in 2011, after a DotA 2 tournament with a million dollar prize pool was announced. He is now recognized as one of the most successful DotA 2 players in the world.
3. Lee “Flash” Young Ho – $446,371
Lee “Flash” Young Ho is a Terran player in StarCraft: Brood War. At 21 he is the youngest top earner on the list. As his gamer name Flash indicates, this wonderkid is quick, really quick! His career is off to a good start, as he rapidly amassed a winning record playing Proleague games in both the MSL (MBCGame StarCraft League) and OSL (OnGameNet StarLeague). He also became the youngest programer to win a title in Starleague, at the ripe young age of 15.
2. Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel – $454,544
Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel has developed into a legendary game player, and has held one of the top earning gamer spots for the past few years. He has played in 35 tournaments to date, and at 35-years-old he is a little more seasoned than most other players on this list. Fatal1ty has earned massive cash prizes, mostly playing first-person shooters.
1. Lee “Jaedong” Jae Dong – $504,486
At age 25, Lee “Jaedong” Jae Dong is the top dog in gaming, having earned over half a million dollars in a total of 47 tournaments. He is a Zerg player in StarCraft: Brood War and has been regarded as the greatest Zerg player in the history of professional gameplay. He’s also been able to achieve incredible success playing StarCraft Brood War’s sequel: StarCraft II.