Ranking of eSports players in Norway 2018, by earnings

Håvard Nygaard, known as “rain”, is the best earning Norwegian eSports player. In 2018, the Counter-Strike GO (CS:GO) player gained more than 200 thousand U.S. dollars. PUBG’s (PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS) player Jim "Jeemzz" Eliassen ranked second, with earnings of nearly 130 thousand U.S. dollars that year. Patrik "Pate1k" Zaharchenko who is playing Fortnite made the third highest income among eSports players in Norway.

Most popular eSports games worldwide

Based on the number of eSports players, the by far most popular eSports game worldwide was League of Legends (LoL) as of August 2017. The battle arena video game recorded 100 million players that month. The first-person shooter game Call of Duty and the online card game Hearthstone followed behind.

The global eSports market

The global eSports market significantly increased in the past years, reaching a turnover of roughly 865 million U.S. dollars as of 2018. Most of the revenue comes from sponsorships, with an expected value of over 450 million U.S. dollars in 2019. Game publisher fees account for the least eSports market turnover that year.

Ranking of eSports players in Norway in 2018, by earnings

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January 2019



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