Fatal1ty, Flash, and Mvp three highest-earning pro gamers in eSports

ESportsearnings.com lists earnings of up to $454,000 from 40 tournaments.

Website eSports Earnings has published a list of the highest-paid professional gamers as of 2013, with Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, Lee "Flash" Young Ho, and "Jung "Mvp" Jong Hyun in the top three.

Fatal1ty earned about $454,000 out of being really great at Quake III and UT 2004.

Fatal1ty, who is known for winning four player-of-the-year awards with the Cyberathlete Professional League and a championship title with World Cyber Games, earned a total of $454,544.98 from 35 tournaments. Renowned Starcraft II professional players Flash and Mvp earned $437,114.53 from 40 tournaments and $377,116.37 from 42 tournaments, respectively.

The list does not take into account sponsorship deals and Twitch streaming income. For more on eSports, check out GameSpot's recent coverage on Evolution 2k13.

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jark888
jark888

I see the future of people who make a living by playing video games. 

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Fatal1ty looked like he fought Daniel-son...

D1N02982
D1N02982

Fatal1ty still has that little stuffed animal wow.

WehrmachtBear
WehrmachtBear

The guy in the screenshot looks like the same guy in the next article that's gonna end up in jail.

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

Wow! .... That's astonishing. I am going to seriously consider a career change!!!

blueleon70
blueleon70

Fatality isn't active anymore is he? I wonder what he does now.

KingMoorman
KingMoorman

The site completely disregards most smaller tourneys, which most console players earn their money. I bet I know of some pros on the consoles who would at least reach top 10 if most console tourney earnings were accounted for

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

MVP the Battle Cruiser Terran, so calm ,collective and humble when he wins a true champion! It'll be a pinicle moment if he wins WCS

mucking_foron
mucking_foron

As an editor you have surprisingly little to say. 

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

This is yeary income? sounds really good.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Yea but what happens when he gets old and out of shape and... damn videogames are the perfect sport to live off of.... if you call that living.

JonahFalcon
JonahFalcon

Won't the top winner of the League of Legends tourney in Sept 2013 going to earn $1M?

Gomtor
Gomtor

He doesn't look like he's enjoying the gaming though.  

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

earning almost half a mil just to play video games in contests. Some people are just born 100% lucky

Riddick123
Riddick123

Not bad.  I can't ever see myself doing this.  I would get bored too easily

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Please, can we not call these "sports"? I have no problem with competitive gaming, but calling it a sport is insulting to actual athletes like Usain Bolt, and Peyton Manning.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

There's an old cliche along the lines of  "What's the LAST thing you want to see after a long day of work?"   

 So I'm wondering whether or not people whose livelihood depends on gaming actually still have FUN doing it after a couple of years.  Do they still enjoy playing Painkiller, Starcraft, LoL, or DOTA for the thousandth time this month?  Or are they stressed about making rent?  Or both?


javalino
javalino

Dota 2 international will give 2 million to the winning team, or 400k to each . this mean that only with one win they will be on third place!! I am right ???

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Quake III and UT 2004 , ahhh those were the days ... now there playing COD ... with controllers ... in tournaments, goddamn joke as far as high end play is concerned, oh well at least CS:GO is still going, pun not intended.

mbsfaridi
mbsfaridi

Few days ago I found Fatal1ty's Twitch channel and now some news about him on gamespot. WOW!

Cpt-Fair
Cpt-Fair

"I hate esports players, because they get payed for playing videogames." 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@jark888 We already have people who make a living by watching (but also reviewing however) movies and books, so this is the next step, except they're not working for a magazine or site. People living off the income from ads on their youtube videos and other similar stuff will be more common - it's a brand new world.

Saketume
Saketume

@blueleon70 Whoring out his name to any crap brand that wants it.

Remember "gamer food"?

I tried to post a picture of him holding it up when this article was new but apparently it was too controversial for gamespot to allow.

R10nu
R10nu

@KingMoorman Smaller is the key word. All major esport games on pc have smaller tourneys along with dozens of large ones and top teams/players participate in all of them.

So, no halo players in top10, i assure you.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

@mucking_foron You are right, if they dont have more than 3 four line paragraphs then they shouldnt even bother with the news.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

@mischiefmeerkat Some people? Anyone can play like him.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@CaptainHerlock 

Calling it sports and the players professional athletes, means they can get players from Asia and Europe over to the US for tournaments without the hassle of Visa's to my understanding at least. 

There's a lot of money in competitive gaming, especially in League of Legends and Dota 2.

Slade968
Slade968

@CaptainHerlock It's just a legal classification so they don't have to rewrite the laws that allow pro "athletes" in and out of the country. The same reason poker is referred to as a sport and players are technically "pro athletes"

Slade968
Slade968

@Pyrosa yea but I mean, they are bringing in half a million a year and it is doing something that, at least originally, they were passionate about. Pretty sweet deal.

Slade968
Slade968

@SteamyPotatoes controllers are a disgrace to FPS gaming. 

I picked up a xim edge for my PS3 a while back. God i love wrecking people with a m/kb on KZ3

jark888
jark888

@Hurvl Love how things have evolved to people new lifestyle.

KingMoorman
KingMoorman

@R10nu @KingMoorman I understand that. I was talking ALL console games, not just Halo. But besides that, I'm only basically saying that I'm taking these results with a grain of salt unless they really took the work to find every dollar pros made at any tourney. Just would've liked to see most tourneys included and not just "major" ones.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

The US government also says that ketchup is a "vegtable". So what does that tell you?

NexApex
NexApex

@Slade968 @Pyrosa I thought the same, but in truth the 2 highest paid "pro gamers" such as the once mentioned above get just under 35k a year (Not including sponsorships). Then it drops off  significantly.

So unless your in the top 3, your better off getting an education.

The-Longshot
The-Longshot

@KingMoorman @R10nu I think the idea was to give us a rough idea of what they can bring in just doing the larger tourneys, they stated it wasn't taking into account their ad deals and stuff like that, I'm sure some of these guys are pullin closer to a mil if you were to count all their smaller tourneys and ad deals n what not.

R10nu
R10nu

@CaptainHerlock HAHA, so the punchline is that ketchup is a FRUIT as opposed to a vegetable.

And here i thought that it's a condiment that rarely has much of actual tomato in it.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Neither of those "two things" are even remotely correct. Ketchup is made from tomatoes which are a FRUIT, and was run through so school lunches could meet their vegtable requirement. And just because I'm saying something you don't like, it does not mean I'm "trolling".  

So A)The government, like "gamers" at times, uses skewed logic to rationalize the irrational, like "corporations are people", and is incorrect doing so, and B) just because you don't like what's being said, doesn't make it untrue.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@NexApex @Slade968 @Pyrosa  These exact same skills + a basic technical education (network design, programming, technical sales) would net them an easy $120K/year, and up to $250K/year for the top ~20% of talent... Not just "top three."


But back to my original topics... If they're truly able to pay rent while doing what they enjoy -- seriously, good for them.