This list indicates the top 20 highest-paid League of Legends players in the world. It considers only earnings from professional esports tournaments.
Considering only the total prize money awarded, League of Legends holds the third place among the esports games. At the top, we find Dota 2 with a substantial lead of 110 million dollars, while CS:GO is just a few millions ahead. From the release of LoL, over 64 million dollars have been handed out in 2208 tournaments.
Similarly to Overwatch, LoL pro players do not have the chance to win several events hosted by third-party organizers because the entire esports franchise is controlled by the game developer: Riot Games.
The goal of Riot is to make League of Legends a long-lasting esports, so they established a true ecosystem composed of numerous regional-based leagues, infrastructures, and hundreds of employees who manage the franchise.
The players are regarded as real athletes, so beside the money earned via prize pools, their stability is guaranteed by salaries that vary based on the region they are competing on. Many North American pro players earn over $300,000 USD yearly playing League of Legends!
The apex of all the regional leagues is the World Championship.
The 2018 Season World Championship saw the best teams in the world fighting for a share of the $6,450,000 USD prize pool. About 2.4 million dollars went in the hands of the winners: Invictus Gaming.
The following data includes only revenues from esports tournaments because we can’t have precise info on all the money earned by the players via team wages and direct sponsorships.
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|1||Faker||Lee Sang-hyeok||South Korea||$1,175,927|
|2||Duke||Lee Ho-seong||South Korea||$921,111|
|3||Wolf||Lee Jae-wan||South Korea||$913,084|
|4||Bang||Bae Jun-sik||South Korea||$910,451|
|5||Bengi||Bae Seong-ung||South Korea||$810,683|
|6||Blank||Kang Sun-gu||South Korea||$559,518|
|7||Ambition||Kang Chan-yong||South Korea||$553,234|
|8||Rookie||Song Eui-jin||South Korea||$530,739|
|11||Crown||Lee Min-ho||South Korea||$482,787|
|12||CuVee||Lee Seong-jin||South Korea||$482,492|
|14||Ruler||Park Jae-hyuk||South Korea||$479,149|
|15||Core JJ||Jo Yong-in||South Korea||$478,825|
|18||Mata||Cho Se-hyeong||South Korea||$470,666|