These 10 People Make a Lot of Money Playing Video Games

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Playing video games and making a six-figure income for your trouble? It’s good work if you can get it, and enough people are getting it for e-Sports Earnings to compile a list of the top 100 of them. They come from around the world and the best of them–Korea’s Lee Jae Dong–is making in excess of $500,000. As Business Insider notes, this is just their winnings. The figures don’t even include sponsorship deals and the like.

Just think about it the next time someone says gaming is a waste of time.

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Lee “Jaedong” Jae Dong – $519,086.72 from 52 tournaments (Korea)
  2. Danil “Dendi” Ishutin – $455,615.83 from 43 tournaments (Ukraine)
  3. Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel – $454,919.23 from 36 tournaments (USA)
  4. Oleksandr “XBOCT” Dashkevych – $453,311.74 from 41 tournaments (Ukraine)
  5. Jang “MC” Min Chul – $452,926.25 from 78 tournaments (Korea)
  6. Clement “Puppey” Ivanov – $450,480.14 from 39 tournaments (Estonia)
  7. Lee “Flash” Young Ho – $447,016.47 from 47 tournaments (Korea)
  8. Jang “Moon” Jae Ho – $439,677.98 from 81 tournaments (Korea)
  9. Jung “Mvp” Jong Hyun – $393,116.38 from 50 tournaments (Korea)
  10. Jonathan “Loda” Berg – $355,514.05 from 47 tournaments (Sweden)

For those of you keeping track at home, five of these leaders are from South Korea, just one from the U.S. Could it be we don’t take our gaming seriously enough?

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2 Responses to “These 10 People Make a Lot of Money Playing Video Games”

  1. John Dorian

    it’s still a waste of time 🙂 So what you can list people who win millions playing lottery but the chances of getting that payday are rare.

    Implying that playing call of duty while eating cheesy puffs is going to get you 6 figures. Just is not going to happen. These people really dedicate their life to playing games not just play games they live and breathe games and master it giving up social lives.

    I think most people can make 6 figures if they try for it and only care about $$$