Magnus Carlsen volt tavaly a legjobban keresö esport sakkozó, 510 587 dollárral

Magnus Carlsen volt tavaly a legjobban kereső  esport sakkozó,510 587 dollárral

Norwegian grandmaster and current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was the highest-earning esports player in the world last year; the 31-year-old took home a whopping $510,587 for his unparalleled skill on Chess24

Magnus Carlsen was the highest-earning #esports player from prize money in 2020, according to research from esports betting site Unikrn. The #chess world champion took home $510,587, higher than any other pro gamer from the likes of DOTA 2, CS:GO or League of Legends.

The next five spots in the top-earners list are occupied by Call of Duty players with James Eubanks being 2nd after Carlsen with $383,325 in prizes.


Winners In 2020: Prizes Plummet, Chess Leads Pack

The events of 2020 have wreaked havoc on the economy of top-level sports, and despite being played in the comparative safety of online environments, esports also took a major hit. However, that’s not to say the best and brightest stars of competitive gaming are going hungry.

According to research from Seattle-based esports bookmaker Unikrn, the earnings of esports’ top 50 players dropped by a massive 80%, falling from $55 million in 2019 to $11 million in 2020. This was in part due to most games reducing their prize purses, though some were scaled down more dramatically than others.

The biggest victim of budget cuts was Fortnite, which offered nearly 90% less prize money; it put forward just $7,884,451 in 2020, compared to $71,598,129 in 2019. CS:GO provided the largest sum: $15.8million, with 34 players earning over $100,000 each. Call of Duty cash helped two-thirds of the top 15 earn their keep.

And yet, the pen proved mightier than the sword–well, gun–when it came to the number-one gamer of 2020. Norwegian grandmaster and current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen (A.K.A. DrNykterstein) was the highest-earning esports player in the world last year; the 31-year-old took home a whopping $510,587 for his unparalleled skill on Chess24.

The 30-year-old, whose peak classical rating of 2882 is the highest in the history of the game, was joined in the top ten by 33-year-old American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, who won just shy of $325,000. Another two Chess 24 players also made their way into the top 50.

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PVDDR, the 33-year-old Brazilian Magic: The Gathering Arena player, took home the biggest solo prize of the year: an incredible $300,000 at Magic World Championship XXVI, putting him firmly in the top ten.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. was the highest-earning country in the world: 4,291 players shared $21.2 million. Young players also continued to dominate the rankings: the average age of a top-50 gamer was 22.7 years old, while seven teenagers made the shortlist, taking home $1.7 million collectively.

A Unikrn spokesperson said: “When people think of esports, they probably have the likes of CS:GO, DOTA or League of Legends in mind, but not necessarily chess. Magnus Carlsen is a fantastic champion and has dominated the circuit for a number of years, helping raise the profile of the sport.

“[T]he pandemic has affected esports prize money, dropping by 76% from 2019 to 2020. That said, it’s encouraging to see players still profiting from big tournaments around the world, with organizers doing everything they can to put on the best shows possible for fans.”

The top 25 esports winners in 2020
1) DrNykterstein, 30, Norway (Chess24): $510,587

2) Clayster, 28, U.S. (Call of Duty): $383,325

3) Crimsix, 27, U.S. (Call of Duty): $368,200

4) iLLeY, 19, Canada (Call of Duty): $358,625

5) Shotzzy, 19, U.S. (Call of Duty): $351,625

6) Huke, 21, Saudi Arabia (Call of Duty): $347,375

7) Hikaru, 33, U.S. (Chess24): $324,645

8) PVDDR, 33, Brazil (Magic: The Gathering Arena): $300,000

9) Cellium, 20, U.S. (Call of Duty): $256,550

10) Simp, 19, U.S. (Call of Duty): $250,708

11) Priestahh, 22, U.S. (Call of Duty): $249,213

12) GMWSO, 27, U.S. (Chess24): $246,180

13) paraboy, 18, China (PUBG): $243,186

14) aBeZy, 21, U.S. (Call of Duty): $243,025

15) MajorManiak, 22, U.S. (Call of Duty): $228,833

=16) Canadian, 24, Canada (Rainbow Six Siege): $220,000

=16) Bosco, 25, U.S. (Rainbow Six Siege): $220,000

=16) Rampy, 22, U.S. (Rainbow Six Siege): $220,000

=16) Thinkingnade, 21, U.S. (Rainbow Six Siege): $220,000

=16) Fultz, 20, U.S. (Rainbow Six Siege): $220,000

21) glory, Japan (Hearthstone): $211,750

22) Rogue, 26, South Korea (Starcraft II): $207,383

=23) Matumbaman, 25, Finland (DOTA 2): $203,588

=23) Puppey, 30, Estonia (DOTA 2): $203,588

=23) Zai, 23, Sweden (DOTA 2): $203,588

=23) YapzOr, 26, Jordan (DOTA 2): $203,588

=23) Nisha, 20, Poland (DOTA 2): $203,588