The top 20 highest-paid Overwatch esports players in the world

The top 20 highest-paid Overwatch esports players in the world

This list indicates the top 20 highest-paid Overwatch players in the world. It considers only earnings from professional esports tournaments.

Initially, several third-party organizers hosted Overwatch tourneys. Considering them and the events held directly by Blizzard, over 12 million dollars in prize money have been awarded in 631 tournaments.

Afterwards, Blizzard established their own esports business with the Overwatch League.

The first season achieved hundreds of thousands of viewers, and the OWL channel has been the 4th most popular Twitch channel in 2018 based on the number of hours watched. Overwatch also won the Esports Game of the Year award.

The Overwatch fans during the Playoffs of OWL Season 1 - Blizzard

The Overwatch fans during the Playoffs of OWL Season 1 - Blizzard

Unfortunately (for a portion of the pro scene), Blizzard also updated their tournament license rules, which immensely limited the number of organizations involved in Overwatch. Among the restrictions, we find hard limits to all the revenue sources (including sponsors and broadcasting rights), the prize pools, the sponsors allowed, and the broadcasting time of the games.

These rules led to a drastic reduction of third-party events, but those with the smallest prize money. For this reason, on this list you won’t find players with massive tournament earnings.

The first season of OWL had a total prize pool of 3.5 million dollars, and one million went in the hands of the winners: London Spitfire. The second season features a 5 million dollars prize pool.

London Spitfire holding the trophy of OWL Season 1 - Blizzard

London Spitfire holding the trophy of OWL Season 1 - Blizzard

There is only one Overwatch League season yearly, and the earnings from third-party events are quite low, so in about a year the top 20 list will be composed exclusively of OWL players.

The table 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.

It is necessary explaining that all the Overwatch League players have a proper salary according to the United States standards, so their actual remuneration doesn’t depend only on tournament winnings as in most esports games.

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# Nickname Name Country Earnings
1 Gesture Jae-hee Hong South Korea $194,730
2 Profit Joon-yeong Park South Korea $194,730
3 Closer Won-sik Jung South Korea $194,526
4 birdring Ji-hyeok Kim South Korea $175,453
5 Bdosin Seung-tae Choi South Korea $168,261
6 Fury Jun-ho Kim South Korea $164,673
7 NUS Jong-seok Kim South Korea $163,479
8 Saebyeolbe Jong-ryeol Park South Korea $91,436
9 Mek0 Tae-hong Kim South Korea $88,436
10 janus Joon-hwa Song South Korea $86,293
11 Mano Dong-gyu Kim South Korea $82,581
12 Libero Hae-seong Kim South Korea $82,471
13 SoOn Terence Tarlier France $79,069
14 JJoNak Sung-hyeon Bang South Korea $78,386
15 ArK Yeon-joon Hong South Korea $77,952
16 pine Do-hyeon Kim South Korea $76,901
17 ANAMO Tae-sung Jung South Korea $74,807
18 fragi Joona Laine Finland $64,699
19 ShaDowBurn George Gushcha Russia $62,882
20 Ryujehong Je-hong Ryu South Korea $59,365

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.