Video gamers have been earning a shiny penny. They’ve transitioned from people confined to their parents’ houses to individuals driving shiny cars, although admittedly – they’d mostly spend their time gaming.
Automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Honda, BMW and others are already signing up multi-year sponsorship deals in a bid to appease the new gods we call esports athletes. Teams have fetched millions worth in pure earnings. Generating revenue from esports comes in many shapes and forms and even betting companies sponsor teams, although tournaments certainly constitute one of the largest parts.
Recently, Forbes ranked the Top 10 esports teams in the world based on how much their organizations have earned. We’ve decided to go a different way and check out how much teams have actually won through playing tournaments in 2018.
Here’s what we’ve found out.
#1 Team Liquid – The Unstoppable Winning House
Team Liquid have been one of the most reputed competitive organizations out there. They’ve successfully fielded squads across multiple titles, including League of Legends, Overwatch, Fortnite, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Clash Royale.
Their presence in the LCS NA has been a challenge for their opponents, and TL’s involvement in Rocket League, the digital soccer played with cars that accelerate so quick that they take off the ground, has been quite the spectacle to behold.
Team Liquid have amassed over $25 million from playing, with their yearly revenue sitting at $17 million from partnership deals and brand rights, on top of what they rake in as tournament prizes.
#2 Evil Geniuses – $20m for the US Powerhouse
Evil Geniuses have amassed another impressive amount, with $20 million in live long earnings. EG certainly know how to win games, and they are present across just as many games as are Team Liquid:
Rainbow Six Siege
Call of Duty
The squad has pulled formidable plays in Dota 2 where the organization has been one of the defining powerhouses, capable of overcoming a tough field of competitors.
#3 OG – The Team to Steal the Dota 2 Spotlight in 2018
Team OG are third in this rank list thanks to one single achievement in 2018 when the organization, led by N0tail successfully topped the Dota 2 competition known as The International, winning over $11 million. The overall team winnings stand at $17 million.
It’s correct to conclude that OG have had a fairly low profile prior to storming the Dota 2’s global finals and wowing the crowd. The team has taken a short hiatus after their staggering victory, but the players are back and they seem intended to compete once again.
Meanwhile, their story has been quite inspirational, enough it seems to make people to actually shoot a documentary about the entire tournament and their participation in it. How did OG come from relative obscurity to storm the summits of Dota 2? You’ll find for yourself.
#4 Newbee – A Chinese Powerhouse
Newbee have done a fantastic job across quite a few titles. They haven’t quite topped many tournaments, but they have always been there to give anyone who thought they could just run past Newbee a proper beating.
With nearly $13 million booked from tournaments, Newbee are a rather smaller organization than the likes of Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, but they still have quite a lot to offer, especially when it comes to competitive Dota 2.
#5 Fnatic – A Force to Reckon With
Making it all the way to the League of Legends Worlds in 2018, Fnatic have amassed nearly $13 million in tournament winnings, although still a bit behind their main competitors from Newbee. Fnatic are particularly competitive and they field teams in three of the world’s most competitive games:
League of Legends
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
#6 Virtus.pro – The Russian Bears
Led by their incredibly successful manager, Roman Dvorakian, VP have been in the eye of the storm, competing with their Dota 2 and CS:GO teams on multiple continents. They have been running a series of events at home with Vodafone and also expanding into Asia with Mr. Cat.
In purely monetary terms, their wealth is estimated at $12,275,338, all raked in through tournament play. They have had a very strong start in the first Major Dota 2 event this year, and they are on their way to progressing to the later stages of the Chongqing Major.
#7 PSG.LGD Gaming – China Has It
LGD Gaming have been one of the longest-standing names in the industry. The team began back in Dota, before the game became a stand-alone product developed by Valve, and they have been with the game ever since.
Admittedly, the team has expanded to include Paris Saint-Germain, the popular soccer powerhouse, and now their joint efforts are going to guarantee PSG.LGD a very lucrative future.
They also have a team competing in FIFA right now, but the organization is planning to add more outfits.
#8 Invictus Gaming – Millionaires Are Made, Not Born
Invictus Gaming are another Chinese powerhouse who definitely don’t run away from a challenge. They field competitors in some of the world’s toughest competitive climates, including:
League of Legends
The team has definitely got a lot to show for, from topping the StarCrat II leader board to putting up a good fight across all other titles.
#9 Vici Gaming – An Empire in the Making
Vici Gaming are just above the $10m-threshold and they are doing quite fine across multiple competitive games, including League of Legends, Dota 2, and CS:GO. They are not presently the dominant esports powerhouse in China, but in honesty – there are just too many competitive outfits these days to begin with.
#10 Wings – A Giant No Longer Among Us
Wings came into competitive Dota 2 and managed to amass the impressive $9,734,325 competing in this title alone. They didn’t branch out and eventually, the organization fell apart. Still, even 2 years after they have stopped playing, Wings hold massive winnings which guarantee them the 10th place in our rank list.
This rank list has been made possible with the help of Esports Earnings Dot Com.