About This Statistic
The statistic presents information on the number of registered players of selected eSports games worldwide as of June 2015. According to the data, League of Legends was a leader based on number of eSports players. In the presented period the game had a player base of 67 million, while World of Tanks ranked second with 60 million registered players in the measured period.
eSports players – additional information
eSports is profitable, not only for the industry as a whole, but also for individual players. As of March 2016, the highest earnings were those of an American professional gamer, Peter Dager, better known among his peers as "ppd". Dager started his eSports career with Heroes of Newerth. In 2013 he transitioned to DOTA 2 and is now a member of the Evil Geniuses team, competing in numerous global championships. Throughout his recorded gaming career, ppd has earned 2.09 million U.S. dollars.
Among female players, the profits are significantly smaller. To date, the highest earning eSports female, Katherine Gunn, who goes by "Mystik" in the gaming industry, has made 122 thousand U.S. dollars in the course of her eSports career. Gunn began her professional eSports journey attending the World Cyber Games 2006. Today, as a member of Team Dignitas, she competes in games such as Hearthstone, H1Z1, and Halo.
Based on social media presence and engagement, it is evident that eSports players are among the celebrities of the online world. For example, in January 2016, Lee Sang-hyeok, a player from South Korea, was the leading player, by number of fans on Facebook, with 806 thousand people following his profile. This figure falls roughly somewhere between the Facebook fan base of Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks NHL teams.