Leading CS:GO eSports players worldwide 2020, by overall earnings

Andreas Højsleth, known by his online alias, Xyp9x, currently leads the earnings table for eSports players of the online shooter game, Counter Strike: Global Offensive. The Danish gamer, who is a member of team Astralis, has earned over 1.74 million U.S. dollars playing CS:GO competitively. His fellow countryman, Peter Rasmussen, who goes by the alias dupreeh, occupies the second spot with earnings also exceeding 1.74 million U.S. dollars.

Big sums to be won

Despite still being a relatively young industry, the eSports market is worth big money. Some of the leading eSports tournaments worldwide have prize pools well into the millions, with more money being put on the line every year. This is also the case with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments as the cumulative prize pool for competitions across the world has increased from approximately 17 million U.S. dollars in 2016 to over 22 million U.S. dollars in 2018. As a result of Counter Strike’s continued success, the game has seen its revenues almost double from 221 million U.S. dollars in 2015 to 414 million U.S. dollars in 2018.

Viewers are hooked by the millions

With so much at stake, it is no wonder that viewers tune in by the millions to find out who will emerge victorious. ELEAGUE Major, which took place in January 2018, was the most watched CS:GO tournament in 2018, with peak viewers reaching nearly 1.9 million. The event was the 12th major CS:GO championship and featured 24 teams from all over the globe. The playoffs were held in Boston, United States, with the final game seeing Cloud9 of the United States come out on top against FaZe Clan of Europe.

Leading Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) eSports players worldwide as of February 2020, by overall earnings

Earnings in thousand U.S. dollars
Xyp9x (Andreas Højsleth)1,744.92
dupreeh (Peter Rasmussen)1,741.72
dev1ce (Nicolai Reedtz)1,706.22
gla1ve (Lukas Rossander)1,575.88
Magisk (Emil Reif)1,335.18
Stewie2k (Jakey Yip)1,029.14
TACO (Epitacio de Melo)985.24
FalleN (Gabriel Toledo)981.32
fer (Fernando Alvarenga)975.42
coldzera (Marcelo David)970.58
karrigan (Finn Anderson)926.94
NAF (Keith Markovic)924.57
nitr0 (Nick Cannella)881.85
ELiGE (Jonathan Jablonowski)872.5
olofmeister (Olof Kajbjer)856.16
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Release date

February 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

February 2020

Special properties

figures are estimates

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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