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eSports players in the Netherlands with the most prize money 2019

AnishGiri leads the prize money list of eSporters from the Netherlands in 2020. Two other important Dutch players in Fortnite include Dmitri "Mitro0" van de Vrie (who ranks second here), Sven “Svennos” Edelenbosch (in fifth) and Milan “Milan” Lopes (absent in this list). The Battle Royale game, in which up to 100 players are pitted against each in a fight for survival until one player is left standing, was also popular in the Netherlands as can be seen in the net revenue reached by its mobile version in 2018 and 2019.

eSports in the Netherlands is growing fast…

There is not much data available on professional gaming for the Netherlands specifically as research mostly covers eSports from a global perspective. The Dutch market value was believed to be increasing though. According to forecasts from March 2018, the eSports revenue in the Netherlands was going to reach 14.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, with the game stream audience on Twitch and YouTube forecast to increase by more than 20 percent in the same year. This might be due to the worldwide popularity of both PUBG (PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS) and Fortnite, as both Battle Royale games were released in the summer of 2017.

… but it is not a new phenomenon in the country

Dutch eSporters, however, were not only playing Fortnite, but were active in other games as well, as the ranking shows. Dani Hagebeuk, eighth in this list, is the official FIFA player for Ajax Amsterdam and represents the football club in the e-Divisie, the official Dutch eSports league. Another example is Jos “ViolentPanda” van Meurs, who won the Rocket League Championships (RLCS) twice as part of team Dignitas. One notable absentee in this statistic is Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen (born in 1986). This PC gamer won six World Championships in real-time strategy game Warcraft III and currently ranks among the top earners from the Netherlands in Starcraft II, also an RTS game. His earnings, however, were not enough to make this list.

Leading eSporters from the Netherlands in 2019, by total prize money earned throughout the year

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

September 2020

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