Three Dota 2 players have earned the most money in esports this year

Topson, JerAx, and Ceb are tied at the top with an eye-watering amount of prize money


Three members of OG’s Dota 2 roster are tied as the highest earners from tournament prize money in all of esports for 2019.

Frenchman Sebastien ‘Ceb’ Debs and Finns Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen and Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka have all earned the same amount of prize money this year and sit at the top of the charts thanks to their victory at The International 2019, which offered up a record-breaking prize pot and saw each payer walk away with over $3.1 million each. Combined with their winnings from other Dota 2 events in 2019, each player’s total prize earnings for the year stands at $3,163,536.20, according to Esports Earnings.

While the other two members of the OG roster, Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein and Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham, also won that massive slice of The International’s prize pot, they fall just below their teammates but are still the fourth and fifth biggest earners, respectively. N0tail did not compete at the EPICENTRE Major, missing out on $8,000 of prize money, while Ana was a sub player for the first three months of the year before joining the starting lineup in March.

With OG’s five-man roster taking up the top five spots, the next esports pro closest to toppling them is Fortnite pro Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf. 16-year-old Bugha has won a staggering $3,061,716.67 in 2019, with $3 million of that total coming from becoming solos champion at the Fortnite World Cup.

The massive prize pool at the World Cup means that the rest of the top ten earners are all Fortnite players who placed highly at the event.

Dota 2 and Fortnite’s massive prize pools means that you have to go all the way to 31st in the list to find someone not from these two esports. There you find GenG’s South Korean PUBG pro Cha ‘Pio’ Seung Hoon, who has earned $638,903.79 in prize money this year.