Top 10 Organizations With Highest Income and Esports

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CS:GO has gained immense popularity across the globe. The proficient FPS has caught the eye of the eSports industry. However, it has also made quite a reputation in the betting industry. Owing to this popularity, the bookmakers have established exclusive CS:GO betting markets. The wagering sites are now devoted to following every exclusive CS:GO tournament.

Thus, being an icon in the betting industry, is always a couple of steps ahead of its competitors. With this objective in mind, here are a couple of big events that will keep you on the edge of your seats in September.

Many esports players are famous for the younger generation. For them, esports is the right sport, like football or basketball. More importantly, esports is not just a hobby, the industry has been a huge success. Esports is on the mass media, not just the Twitch or YouTube platform. So what are the big names of esports? How much money do they make and what are the most popular games?
This may be surprising to many people, Fortnite is the biggest name in the game industry in 2018, it is not in the top of the tournament with high prize money. At the top is Dota 2, this is the game with the biggest bonus. Dota 2 is MOBA game, which takes place between two teams of 5 people (total 10 people). The two sides try to break the enemy’s pillars while protecting their stronghold. Each player controls an independent character, “hero”, possesses completely separate skills and gameplay.

The esports salaries of teams and players are very different. In addition to hard wages from the organization, players also receive bonuses and sponsors.

Below are the top 10 esports teams with income and the highest salary as of December 2018 (in USD) – This original article is located in

1. Team Liquid (Liquid)

Total bonuses earned: $ 24,448,847

Total number of tournaments attended: 1430

Top Game:

Dota 2 -$17,336,099
Counter-Strike – $1,772,175
StarCraft – $1,361,490.23
The players with the highest income:

Kuro Takhasomi (KuroKy) – $ 3,449,672
Ivan Ivanov (MinD_ContRoL) – $3,433,172)
Lasse Urpalainen (Matumbaman) – $ 3,428,672
Team Liquid was originally a gaming community website. They sponsored a Starcraft: Brood War Netherlands team in 2010. Over time, the organization changed the titles that I participated in. Team Liquid started signing with the first professional players in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty in 2010. The organization recruited Dota 2 players in 2012.

In 2015, Team Liquid merged with Team Curse, recruiting players and Team Curse management.

Team Liquid becomes part of the sports management and management company, aXiomatic, in 2016. Walt Disney chooses Team Liquid to attend ‘Disney Accelerator’ in 2017.

Team Liquid won many tournaments in many disciplines. But the biggest success is the championship The International 2017 (TI7), bringing them $ 10,862,683.

2. Evil Geniuses (EG)

Total bonuses earned: $ 20,751,172

Total number of tournaments attended: 737

Top Game:

Dota 2 – $17,870,742
StarCraft / StarCraft 2 – $ 798,548
Call of Duty – $781,050
The players with the highest income:

Sumail Hassan (SumaiL) – $ 3,265,914
Saahil Arora (UNiVeRsE) – $ 2,919,231
Peter Dager (ppd) – $ 2,599.54
Evil Geniuses, abbreviated EG, is a famous North American esports organization based in San Francisco. Alexander Garfield founded the organization as a Counter-Strike Canadian team in 1999.

The organization’s most successful player, Sumail Hassan, started five months of successful DotA competition in Pakistan. Sumail’s father earned a job in the United States, and Sumail joined Evil Geniuses in January 2015. The champion of Dota Asia Championships 2015 a month later and won The International 2015 (first prize of $ 6,634,661).

Evil Geniuses is a subsidiary of GoodGame Agency, owned by Amazon’s Twitch array.

3. Team AND (AND)

Total bonuses earned: $ 17,563,028

Total number of tournaments attended: 50

Top Game:

Dota 2 – $17,562,067
Super Smash Bros – $960
The players with the highest income:

Johan SundsteinX (N0tail) – $ 3,507,429
Jesse Vainikka (JerAx) – $ 2,905,424
Anathan Pham (ana) – $ 2,825,74
Team OG is based in Europe and started with the name Monkey Business, then changed its brand name in October 2015. This is an organization almost specializing in Dota 2. OG created a breakthrough at the Frankfurt Major 2015, beating big names like Evil Geniuses, CDEC Gaming, and Team Secret.

Although this organization only participated in 50 tournaments, the amount of bonuses was impressive.

OG also won Manila Major 2016, becoming the first Dota 2 team to win two Major tournaments. More specifically, OG became the International champion 2018 (TI8), bringing the total prize money of $ 11,234,158 – the largest in Dota 2 history ever. Remarkably, they created the story “Cinderella” in this tournament, no one thought OG could be champion.

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4. Newbee

Total bonuses earned: $ 12,820,195

Total number of participating tournaments: 130

Top Game:

Dota 2 – $12,438,302
Dota 2 (Newbee Young) – $112,208
Hearthstone – $109,076
The players with the highest income:

Zhi Hu (KaKa) – $1,352,240
Damien ChokX (kpii) – $1,351,665
Zhang, Pan (Mu) – $1,319,624
Newbee is a Chinese esports organization. Newbee participates in many games, but specializes in Dota 2, Hearthstone and League of Legends.

The team that made a reputation for winning The International 2014 (TI4). That championship earned a $ 5 million bonus, recognized by the Guinness Book as the biggest esports tournament at that time.

5. Fnatic

Total bonuses earned: $ 11,908,332

Total number of tournaments attended: 788

Top Game:

CS:GO – $3,531,627
Dota 2 – $3,089,323
League of Legends – $ 1,816,891
The players with the highest income:

Robin Rönnquist (flusha) – $687,864
Jesper Wecksell (JW) – $ 679,188
Freddy Johansson (KRiMZ) – $ 661,480
Fnatic is based in London, but their best players are Swedish. Fnatic has many subjects like Dota 2, Hearthstone, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike.

Anne Mathews and Sam Mathews (mother and daughter) formed Fnatic in 2004, when they saw the future potential of esports. The two decided to build a squad from good players around the world. Their League of Legends team won the first World Final in 2011. Fnatic holds the title as the team with the most championship titles in the EU LCS.

Many people believe that Fnatic’s Counter-Strike team is one of the best CS teams of all time, winning 3 CS: GO Major.

6. (VP)

Total bonuses earned: $ 11,745,195

Total number of tournaments attended: 438

Top Game:

Dota 2 – $7,688,777
CS:GO – $2,871,882
Counter-Strike – $333,199
The players with the highest income:

Roman Kushnarev (RAMZES666) – $ 1,168,604
Pavel Khvastunov (9pasha) – $ 1,147,446
Vladimir Minenko (No [o] ne) – $ 1,140,246 is Russia’s esports organization, founded in 2003. Since then, VP has won more than 100 gold medals, 170 silver medals and 220 bronze medals in many esports tournaments. has a lot of teams in different disciplines. VP currently has more than 50 players in the organization, including the women’s team added since September 2012.

7. Wings Gaming

Total bonuses earned: $ 9,718,637

Total number of tournaments attended: 22

Top Game:

Dota 2 – $9,712,413.00
CS:GO – $6,224
The players with the highest income:

Zhang Ruida (Faith_bian) – $1,942,562
Zhou Yang (bLink) – $ 1,942,462
Li Peng (iceice) – $1,942,462
Although Wings Gaming ranked seventh in the rankings for bonuses, the organization has ceased to exist for nearly two years.

Wings Gaming is a professional Dota 2 team of China, founded by a group of Chinese superstars in 2013.

The team participated in many tournaments in 2015-2016, proving to be one of the top Chinese teams at that time. Wings Gaming is the champion of The International 2016 (TI6), winning 9.1 million USD.

However, success quickly disappeared. The debate between management and players about how TI6 should be divided creates financial difficulties. The payroll was not paid, and as a result, the members of Wings Gaming left the organization.

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8. Vici Gaming (VG)

Total bonuses earned: $ 9,391,057

Total number of tournaments attended: 255

Top Game:

Dota 2 – $5,700,876
Dota 2 (VGJ.Storm) – $1,015,432.57
Dota 2 (VGJ.Thunder) – $ 851,202
The players with the highest income:

Lu, Chao (Fenrir) – $1,176,283
Xu, Linsen (fy) – $ 1,034,239
Xie, Junhao (Super) – $894,309
Vici Gaming started operation in October 2012. The organization selects high-rank players from a Chinese Dota rank system at that time. At first, Vici Gaming focused on DotA 1, but then expanded to Dota 2. The second team The International 2014.

In addition, VG also participates in other esports such as League of Legends, StarCraft II, WarCraft III, FIFA, Hearthstone, CS: GO.

9. LGD Gaming

Total bonuses earned: $ 8,721,579

Total number of tournaments attended: 122

Top Game:

Dota 2 (China) – $ 5,204,365
Dota 2 (LGD Forever Young) – $2,943,724
League of Legends – $ 368,876
The players with the highest income:

Yao, Zhengzheng (Yao) – $ 1,176,225
Liang, Fa Ming (DDC) – $ 839,884
LEI, Zengrong (MMY!) – $ 751,563
LGD Gaming is a Chinese organization sponsored by Guizhou Laogandie Food. The team is headquartered in Hangzhou, China.

The organization’s first Dota came from For The Dream, which was sponsored by LGD in 2009. The team finished third at The International 2012.

LGD then created another Dota 2 team, named (International – international). dissolved in 2014 and was replaced by LGD CDEC, then changed back to CDEC Gaming.

In April 2018, LGD cooperated with the French football team, Paris Saint-Germain to change the team name to PSG.LGD.

10. SK Telecom T1

Total bonuses earned: $ 8,572,612

Total number of participating tournaments: 212

Top Game:

League of Legends (SKT T1) – $ 5,291,107
League of Legends (SKT T1 K) – $ 1,275,132
StarCraft 2 – $1,165,932
The players with the highest income:

Lee, Sang Hyeok (Faker) – $1,175,068
Lee, Jae Wan (Wolf) – $ 908,949
Bae, Jun Sik (Bang) – $ 907,269
SK Telecom T1 (SKT) is a Korean esports team owned and named Korean media company, SK Telecom. SK Telecom formed a team in 2002. The team has players attending StarCraft: Brood War, StarCraft II and League of Legends.

SK Telecom T1 won three League of World Finals, in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Author: Gus Barge

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