Gaming is a hobby for many and for some it is a passion. There are many people in the world that made money out of this passion by converting it into a profession. When you play games in a tournament and have contracts, you get rewarded with money, and this factor has attracted the attention of many gamers. Professional gamers invest a lot to bring home the latest technology so that they can easily win the tournaments. Here is list of the world’s top 10 richest gamers in 2018.
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10. Carlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez
Ocelote, who was born on 15th June 1990 in Madrid, is a retired mid laner and also the founder of G2 Esports (previously known as Gamers2). This 27 years old gamer is quite famous for playing on SK Gaming and for his adaptive way of gaming which emerged as a gaming style. He started his career by playing the League Of Legends but took a break from the gaming field until 2010 (October) to complete his schooling. Before playing for the famous SK gaming, he played for Dimegio. His annual income when he was active the field was estimated to be around $820,000.
9. Team Newbee
Team Newbee is a group of gaming players and is ranked ninth richest gamer in the world. They have won many tournaments like the Dot 2 tournament, Galaxy Battles, ZOTAC Cup Masters, World Cyber Arena 2014 and The International 2014. The teams collective earning is around $5.88 million.
8. Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel
Jonathan Wendel, born on 26th February 1981 in Missouri, is a retired gamer and also the founder of Fatal1ty Inc. Until 2013, Wendel held the record for the highest amount of prize money won in all of the e-sports. Wendel became a professional player at the tender age of 18 by playing the game Quake III Arena. He was the coach of the G2 Esports which participated in the PGL Legends of the Rift S1 and the Gamers2 which participated in the 2016 EU LCS Spring Promotion. He is ranked as the eight richest gamer in the world.
7. Matt “NaDeSHoT” Haag
Born on 5th August 1992, Mathew Haag is a former professional gamer who hails from the United States of America. He was expert in the game Call of Duty and is also the owner of 100 Thieves, which is an American esports team. He was also the former caption of OpTic Gaming in 2014 which played the game Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This 25 years old gamer is sponsored by well-known companies such as Scuf Gaming and Astro Gaming. He retired recently and is the seventh richest gamer in the world.
6. Lee “Nothing” Yun-Yeo
Lee Yun-Yeo is a professional SratCraft player and rose to popularity with his 2007 contract. He received around $690,000 from various agreements and by winning different tournaments. He is currently the sixth richest gamer in the world.
5. Jang “Moon” Jae Ho
Born on 14th December 1986, Jang Jae Ho sometimes called Fantasista is a professional gamer from South Korea. He is specialised in the games Warcraft III and StarCraft II. He is also considered as one of the expert Night Elf players. Nicknamed as 5th Race, he is a five-time world champion and has also won the Korean WarCraft III Championships three times. He has earned more than $400,000 from various tournaments and contracts and currently, he is the fifth richest gamer in the world.
4. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov
Born on 6th March 1990, Clement Ivanov, also known as Puppey, is a professional player from Tartu and is currently playing for the Team Secret and is also co-founder of the same team. He is considered as one of the best captains of this field. He has won numerous tournaments some of them are The International 2011, The Premier League Season 1, Electronic Sports World Cup 2011, Techlabs Cup 2012, DreamHack Summer 2012, The International 2012, Star Ladder Star Series Season 3, GosuLeague Season 5, Alienware Cup and The Premium League Master. He is the fourth richest gamer in the world.
3. Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
Danil Ishutin, nicknamed as Dendi, is a professional Ukrainian gamer. He was born on 30th December 1989 in Lviv, Ukraine. He is an expert in the games Dota 2 and Defense of the Ancients. He has won numerous tournaments such as Farm4Fame 3Series in 2011, Darer Tournament 20122, ASUS Open Summer 2011, ASUS Opening Spring 2011, The International 2011, ASUS Open Autumn 2011, The Defense 2012 and The International 2011. He is currently the third richest gamer in the world.
2. Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevych
Born on 29th December 1990, Alexander Dashkevych is an Unkranian professional gamer and plays for the Team Natus Vincere. He is also known as XBOCT. In the year 2011, he received $200,000 by winning a single tournament. He has earned around $600,000 from e-sports and is currently the second richest gamer in the world.
1. Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora
Born on 11th October 1989, Saahil Arora is known for his exceptional style of gaming and is a professional gamer who hails from the United States of America. He is popularly known as Universe which is his in-game name. He was a member of the EG team which went on to win the International 2015. He is the highest earning gamer in the world.
The above list of the richest gamers in the world proves that one can become anything in life if he or she truly aspires and works for it. Many of the gamers are specialised in e-sports. Currently, some of the players have gone on to become the main coaches of the team they had played for. Even though, some gamers have retired they still remain on the list due to the money they earned when they were active in the field. Most of the players earned by winning the tournaments while others earned by signing up for contracts and from sponsorships.