Esports influencers and content creators earn more than global sports stars

Retired CS:GO pro turned full-time streamer, Shroud, as well as Ninja, one of Fortnite’s biggest stars in the game, earn more than major players in the world’s most valuable football league, the Premier League in England.

According to reports, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a Fortnite broadcaster with a multimillion-strong army of followers, earns around £10.3 million GBP a year. His earnings are even higher than those of England Premier League star Harry Kane (£10.2M) or Champion League winner and Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijka (£9.4M), Harry Maguire (£9 million), Alexander Lacazette (£9.5 million), or Robert Firmin (£9.4 million).

Fortnite broadcaster’s earnings have been analyzed by recent studies by Bloomberg and Capology. 28-year-old T.Blevins has about £10.3 million pounds just from his August contract with Mixer, which had Ninja leave the streaming platform Twitch. It is estimated that the American earns another million more from his sponsors, subscribers, and donors.

In 2019, Fortnite’s developers earned a total of $1.8 billion. Despite a 25 percent drop in game revenue compared to 2018 ($2.4 billion), it still holds the top spot on the list. Superdata, a Nielsen subsidiary that monitors the PC gaming market, called this drop in Fortnite a “stabilization” after a cosmic jump in recent years.

The Pokémon Go game also broke the one billion mark last year, earning $1.4 billion dollars. Overall, players’ spending on free games accounted for as much as 80 percent of the total revenue generated by computer games.

FIFA 19 tops the world of paid games, earning $786 million dollars. In second place is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (645 million) and third is GTA V (595 million). Released in September, FIFA 20 generated $504 million in a relatively short period of time in revenue. Total pay-to-play costs totaled $ 18.9 billion dollars — five percent less than in 2018.


Top 10 most earning esports organizations of 2019

As the esports market continues to grow, its players are winning bigger and bigger cash prizes every year. In 2019, this record was once again broken, with more than $230 million distributed in nearly 5,000 tournaments. Here are ten esports teams that cut the biggest chunks of this pie.

Rank 10: FaZe Clan ($3.16M)

The FaZe Clan, best known in the world for its Call of Duty and CS:GO teams, ranks 10th on the list. More than a third of the winnings totaled $1.1 million, FaZe won in the PUBG discipline, winning three tournaments and remaining second in the World Cup. Meanwhile, in Fortnite, the organization hit another $964,000 last year.

FaZe CS: GO and Call of Duty teams together won $894k dollars. With the Call of Duty leagues starting in January with a prize pool of $6 million dollars, the FaZe Clan will look to further increase its achievements this year.

9th Place: Sentinels ($3.26M)

Second on the list is the Sentinels, whose players specialize in Fortnite discipline. Almost all of the team’s wins are from 16-year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, who won $3 million at the Fortnite World Cup. In 2018, the Sentinels won just over 30,000 and ranked 237th on the list.

8th Place: Team Secret ($3.31M)

Team Secret, the Dota 2 discipline giant, has hit 3.1 million during the 2019 season. Two of them earned Team Secret finishing fourth in The International. Still, Team Secret is trying to expand the list of disciplines in the organization and is looking for winning teams that won’t cost as much to maintain. Last year, other disciplines — Rainbow 6, Apex Legends, Age of Empires, PUBG Mobile — brought the team just $213,000 dollars.

7th Place: Gen.G ($3.45M)

Last year, Gen.G team dominated the PUBG discipline, winning three Major Series tournaments, including a $2.28 million World Cup. PUBG discipline was extremely important to the organization, accounting for 94 percent of Gen.G’s achievements. But those proportions should change by 2020, especially since Gen.G now has a CS: GO team that will also feature three former Cloud 9 players: Timothy “autimatic” Ta, Damian “daps” Steele and Kenneth “Koosta” Suenas.

Rank 6: Cooler Esport ($3.51M)

Hardly noticed, Cooler Esport even ranks sixth on the list of highest-earning teams. The reason for this is the duo of Emilio “nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen and David “aqua” Wang in Fortnite, who won the $3 million World Cup. Not surprisingly, thanks to generous cash prizes from Epic Games and PUBG Corp., the list of the most winning organizations ranks high on the list of previously unheard-of organizations. Cooler proved last year that a giant organization is not necessary to win big prizes.

Rank 5: PSG.LGD Esports ($3.54M)

The second Dota 2 giant on this list is PSG.LGD Esports Club. Last year, the team won a total of $ 3.4 million in Dota 2 tournaments. The organization also has a FIFA team that won over $37,000 dollars in 2019. This organization is another great example of the impact of big prize games like Dota 2 on the esports ecosystem.

Rank 4: Lazarus ($4.22M)

The former SetToDestroyX organization has not only a new name but also management. Lazarus is based on a multi-team business model, but last year, one discipline was the clear winner, Fortnite. As many as six Lazarus players entered the World Cup last year. In the doubles, the Lazarus duo finished second and seventh, earning the organization $2.35 million dollars. Canadian organization has won another $1.3 million in qualifiers and other Fortnite tournaments. Lazarus also has players in CS:GO, Hearthstone, PUBG and other disciplines and is set to climb even further in the 2020.

3rd Place: NRG Esports ($5.28M)

NRG Esports’ third-place jump was due to titles in various tournaments. The San Francisco Shock became Overwatch League champion and won $1.5 million dollars. In addition, $2.85 million the club won in the Fortnite tournaments. NRG has won six figures in the Rocket League and Apex Legends disciplines. Apex Legends announced an upcoming league with $3 million in the prize pool, the organization’s achievements this year could increase even more.

Unfortunately, the organization also ran into trouble last year when, for financial reasons, NRG transferred its CS:GO team to the Evil Geniuses club. Even so, they still managed to jump up to third place on this list.

2nd Place: Team Liquid ($9.4M)

Team Liquid has an extremely wide range of disciplines. What’s more, last year, teams from the North American organization showed great results in major esports games: Dota 2, CS: GO, League of Legends and Fortnite. In the Dota 2 discipline, Liquid, which finished second in the International, won as much as $5 million last year. No less impressive was the CS: GO team, which held a first place in the HLTV rankings for a while. Team newcomers Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip and Keith “NAF” Markovic contributed significantly to this, helping the CS:GO team win as much as $2.3 million dollars.

Adding the $455,000 won in League of Legends tournaments, Team Liquid had a great season.

1st Place: OG ($15.84M)

The OG organization, which has become the Dota 2 World Champion, retained its first place on the list of most winning teams. Almost all of the winnings went to the team for merit in the TI9 tournament, but $900,000 dollars were contributed to the club by the Super Smash Bros. discipline. After winning the International, five OG players instantly became the highest-earning esports players in history.

Before the end of the year, OG announced a CS:GO roster, which managed to contribute another $21,500 US dollars, finishing 3rd in their first event under the OG banner. With more rumored teams joining OG in 2020, the Denmark based organization is looking strong to remain one of the highest-earning organizations in esports.

CS:GO tournament schedule for January

The beginning of the new year will not be abundant in tournaments for the world’s top tier Counter-Strike. Currently, there is a winter break for players and it will continue until the first cast at the end of January. Despite this, in the last days of the month, we will witness as many as two events, including one organized by BLAST featuring the new format. So it will be interesting. We invite you therefore to a short guide, concisely presenting upcoming events.

DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020

Already on January 24, we will witness the fight during DreamHack Open Leipzig 2020. A total of eight teams will compete, including Sprout, who became the first team to be confirmed for the first event of the year. The German organization secured a slot thanks to the triumph in the ESL Meisterschaft winter season, the German national championship. Five more participants will receive a direct invitation from the organizers, and the other two formations will be selected as part of the qualification, which will start on 10th of January.

The format of the competition will remain unchanged compared to previous tournaments in the series. In Germany, all teams will again be divided into two groups. Opening and winning matches will be played to one winning map, while all other matches will be held in the BO3 format. A total of four teams will advance to the semi-final, and the winner of the event will receive $ 50,000 and … a ticket to DH Masters Jönköping.

BLAST Premier Spring Series 2020

The first stage of the BLAST Premier spring season will begin on the last day of January. Twelve invited teams were divided into three groups. In each group, we will see the struggles in the double elimination ladder, with all matches played until two won maps. Two best teams from each set will advance directly to the world finals, and the other six will fight for this privilege during the Showdown competition. Importantly, the total prize pool of the event will be over one million dollars, of which $300,000 will go to teams fighting in its first phase.

In January, we will, unfortunately, see only two duels as part of the above-mentioned tournament. In the first one FaZe Clan will take Ninjas in Pajamas, and in the next Team Liquid will face MIBR. Group A matches will last until February 2, and five more will appear three days later. Group C will start their duels on Valentine’s Day and end on February 16, when we will meet the full six who will fight in the BLAST Premier Showdown.

BLAST Premier Spring Series 2020 groups:
Group A Group B Group C
FaZe Clan

Team Liquid


Ninjas in Pyjamas



Natus Vincere

Team Vitality

100 Thieves

Evil Geniuses

G2 Esports


February, however, promises to be a much more packed month for the fans of competitive CS:GO. In addition to BLAST, at least three more top-level events will take place during the second month of the year. ICE London will start on February 4, followed by DreamHack Open Anaheim 2020 and Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV World Championship in Katowice, Poland.

The female CS:GO squad has left Beşiktaş Esports

The Beşiktaş Esports adventure with the CS:GO women’s squad lasted less than a year and a half. However, starting the beginning of January it came to an end, which was announced by one of the players, Julia “Juliano” Kiran, via social media.

The international team joined Beşiktaş in July 2018, but they waited a year for the first real success. It was then that they managed to triumph in DreamHack Showdown Valencia 2019 and thus secured promotion to DreamHack Open Rotterdam 2019. However, the battles with men’s teams proved to be too much of a challenge for Juliano and her friends, which ended their participation in the tournament after just two matches, losing convincingly against both AVANGAR and Hard Legion Esports. A few days ago, they reached the runner-up title at the NEST Pro Series 2019, where they lost to North America’s CLG Red in the grand final.

The four-member team decided not to extend the expiring contracts and will now look for a new organization. Quite unexpectedly, however, they will be joined along by a fifth player, since Michael “mimi” Lintrup will be reuniting with her old teammates. The 22-year-old Dane in the past for almost two years already cooperated with the aforementioned Kiran and Zainab “zAAz” Turkie, and recently she could be watched under the flag of Copenhagen Flames, with which she secured participation in the women’s finals of the World Electronic Sports Games 2019-2020. However, we now know that she will be performing with another team at this event.

The ex-Beşiktaş Esports line-up is as follows:

  • Julia “Juliano” Kiran
  • Zainab “zAAz” Turkie
  • Petra “Petra” Stoker
  • Anastasia “kr4sylya” Khlobystin
  • Michael “mimi” Lintrup




Vote for the best CS:GO plays of the decade

The end of the year is always a summary period, but many people decide to emphasize not only the past twelve months but even the whole decade! The creators of Counter-Strike decided to take such a step, who through social media organized a vote for the best action of the last decade.

In total, eight games were selected that took place over the years, and not only during the Major, but also other events. So we will find, among others almost iconic plays in the style of defusing a bomb over the burning flames by Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer during ESL One Cologne 2014 or the double no scope by Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev from ESL One Cologne 2016. Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski also earned himself the nomination. The player until recently associated with on the occasion of ESL One New York 2016 independently bounced bombsite B, which was already mastered by the players of Natus Vincere.

You can vote via Twitter using the posts below. The top two of each vote will go to a kind of “final” during which the best of the action will be chosen, which will receive the title of Play of the Decade.

Find all the plays below and make sure to head over to Twitter to vote for your favorites.

Bracket A:

Bracket B:

Which play did you find to be the most worthy of an award? Which pro player deserved the nomination? Tweet at us @Vie_esports and let us know your thoughts!