It should come as no surprise that the top entries on a list of esports players with the highest prize pool for 2021 are this year’s top three teams Dota 2 International or TI10. T110’s staggering $ 40 million prize pool was far higher than any other event this year, and even higher than previous TIs.
With that in mind, here are the top earning esports players of 2021 in terms of prize pool winnings.
team spirit Dota 2 Roster – $ 3.68 million per player
- Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk
- Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Chertek
- Magomed “collapse” Khalilov
- Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov
- Yaroslav “Miposhka” Naidenov
Team Spirit’s triumph at the TI10 was nothing short of spectacular. The CIS list had been signed by Spirit less than a year ago and hadn’t done much before its TI10 run. They didn’t even collect enough DPC points to be invited, they had to qualify through the Eastern Europe qualification. At the event, they just barely qualified for a seat in the upper bracket and were immediately sent to the lower bracket by Invictus Gaming. But then, Spirit had a wonderful run through the grand final with a win in five games against PSG.LGD.
For everyone on the team except Miposhka, the $ 3.68 million being taken home this year accounts for over 99 percent of their total lifetime income, so Sports income. However, that number still accounts for over 93 percent of Miposhka’s total prize pool payouts.
PSG.LGDs Dota 2 Roster – $ 1.16 million per player
- Wang “Ame” Chunyu
- Cheng “Nothing to Say” Jin Xiang
- Zhang “Faith_bian” Ruida
- Zhao “XinQ” Zixing
- Zhang “y” “Yiping
PSG.LGD’s near-flawless run at TI10 may have resulted in a heartbreaking ending, but players can feel a little better looking at their $ 1.1 million payouts. The team from China can be considered one of the best Dota 2 Teams of the year with victories at the WePlay AniMajor and the OGA Dota Pit Invitational in their luggage.
Second place on TI10 puts Ame, Faith_bian, and y ‘in the $ 3 million plus lifetime winnings category. Ame is the highest life breadwinner Dota 2 Players without a TI win (two second places, a third and a fourth).
Team Secrets Dota 2 Roster – $ 742,000 per player
- Let Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
- Michał “Nisha” Jankowski
- Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg
- Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat
- Clemens “puppy” Ivanov
Team Secret is no stranger to winning. The Familiar Veteran’s List Dota 2 Faces came with high hopes in TI10, with MATUMBAMAN and Puppey each trying to repeat themselves as champions, and zai trying to finally claim the aegis that had escaped him for so long. They fell short this year and lost to Spirit in the lower bracket final. But $ 720,000 for third place isn’t a shoddy consolation prize.
With this result MATUMBAMAN moves into the No. 9 position in all-time profit for Dota 2 with a total of $ 4.5 million ($ 2.1 million from Secrets TI7 win alongside Puppey). Zai became the second highest merit Dota 2 Players without a TI win behind the aforementioned Ame.
Do you want to win CS: GO Roster – $ 687,000 per player
- Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev
- Denis “electronically” Sharipov
- Kirill “Boombl4” Mikhaylov
- Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy
- Valerii “b1t” Vakhovskyi
We’re finally getting some names that aren’t Dota 2 Player in the reigning CS: GO Major Champions Na’Vi. This was the best year on record for the Na’Vi CS: GO Division with first places (and big prize payouts) at the BLAST Global Final, IEM Cologne and of course the PGL Stockholm Major. Na’Vi took home $ 600,000 from BLAST, $ 400,000 from Cologne, $ 1 million from Stockholm and an additional million from completing the IEM Grand Slam with her Cologne win, as well as a few other first places.
For one of the game’s all-time greats in s1mple, its winnings will be just over 50 percent of its lifetime income in 2021. Conversely, taking along his rookie teammate b1t accounts for over 97 percent of his lifetime income in his young career.