The top 20 highest-paid CS:GO esports players in the world

The top 20 highest-paid CS:GO esports players in the world

This list indicates the top 20 highest-paid Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the world. It considers only earnings from professional esports tournaments.

CS:GO is one of the games with the largest number of esports events. From its release, over 69 million dollars have been awarded in 3858 tournaments, and the previous iterations of the game (Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source) handed out 15 million dollars in 1200 tournaments from 2000 to 2013.

Every year, the best pro players in the world take part at the CS:GO Major Championships: Valve-sponsored events with a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD. There are also Minor Championships with a monetary prize of $50,000 that act as qualifiers for the Major. The minors are separated in 4 regions: Americas, Asia, CIS, and Europe.

The prize pool of the Majors can’t be compared to The International (Valve-sponsored Dota 2 event), but the most popular CS:GO players and teams are able to earn a huge additional income via the tournament stickers sold in-game during each Major.

Cloud9 won ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 - Image: ELEAGUE

Cloud9 won ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 - Image: ELEAGUE

CS:GO is the esports game that provides the greatest number of opportunities to aspiring pro players due to the big amount of organizations involved.

During the year, there are hundreds of tournaments with a prize money ranging from a few thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars held by esports and betting organizations.

Beside the LAN events, there is also an impressive number of online competitions and professional leagues (such as those hosted by FACEIT and ESEA) that grant weekly prizes to players belonging to different professional tiers. Both veterans and newcomers have the chance to test their skills, improve their gameplay, and potentially earn a steady income.

Astralis are the champions of FACEIT Major: London 2018 - Image: Astralis Twitter

Astralis are the champions of FACEIT Major: London 2018 - Image: Astralis Twitter

The data in this article includes only revenues from esports tournaments because we can’t have precise info on all the money earned by the players via team wages, direct sponsorships, and stickers.

Be aware that CS:GO is a historic esports with a loyal fan base, so the tier 1 players are well-treated by their teams and can easily pull out sponsorship deals.

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# Nickname Name Country Earnings
1 Xyp9x Andreas Højsleth Denmark $1,321,921
2 dupreeh Peter Rasmussen Denmark $1,318,922
3 dev1ce Nicolai Reedtz Denmark $1,286,423
4 gla1ve Lukas Rossander Denmark $1,153,184
5 Magisk Emil Reif Demark $912,481
6 TACO Epitácio de Melo Brazil $893,381
7 FalleN Gabriel Toledo Brazil $889,462
8 fer Fernando Alvarenga Brazil $883,562
9 coldzera Marcelo David Brazil $877,573
10 olofmeister Olof Kajbjer Sweden $755,328
11 flusha Robin Rönnquist Sweden $745,268
12 karrigan Finn Andersen Denmark $728,777
13 JW Jesper Wecksell Sweden $727,460
14 GuardiaN Ladislav Kovács Slovakia $718,087
15 KRiMZ Freddy Johansson Sweden $698,023
16 snax Janusz Pogorzelski Poland $608,791
17 Zeus Daniil Teslenko Ukraine $605,168
18 rain Håvard Nygaard Norway $603,146
19 NiKo Nikola Kovač Bosnia and Herzegovina $598,932
20 NBK Nathan Schmitt France $590,170

Data updated to February 2019

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Vincenzo is an esports writer with five years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.