Figures show the three biggest teams in esports have accumulated more than $92 million (£74.6 million) in winnings as of March 2020.
The esports market has surged in recent years and has kicked into overdrive during the coronavirus pandemic, boosting usage among existing customers and attracting new players with added time on their hands.
According to Jastra Ilic of GoldenCasinoNews.com, Team Liquid represents the most successful organisation in terms of prize money having won more than $34 million (£27.6 million). Fellow European team OG isn’t far behind with more than $33 million (£26.8 million) in winnings, while Evil Geniuses follow in third with a little less than $24 million (£19.4 million) to its name.
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Team Liquid’s most substantial winnings were taken in 2017 when they were crowned champions of The International that year, accounting for $10.8 million prize money in itself. The team has taken $27 million in winnings from the two aforementioned games, equal to more than 80 percent of their overall tournament takings.
While Team Liquid may rule the roost in overall winnings, it’s clear OG are the rising kingpins considering they were only founded in 2015 and have entered just 76 tournaments, per the research. In contrast, Liquid got its start in 2000, and the team has entered 1,686 tournaments.
Ilic also noted the three highest-earning players in the world each represent OG: Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and Anathan “ana” Pham, who have each won in the ball park of $6 million apiece.