Highest Paid Gamers In The World: From Ninja To Shroud And PewDiePie
Most of the 90s kids would remember video games as a source of joy like none other. While most of the games were limited in context, they would have the players hooked on for hours at a stretch. That is when another distinct memory of these video games came into being - a scolding from parents.
Well mom and dad, turns out, gaming wasn’t so bad after all. A couple of decades on and the world of gaming has been one of the fastest growing industries in the world. A hint of the industry’s growth can be judged from the fact that the gaming industry saw profits pouring in even during the global COVID-19 pandemic this year.
This constant financial growth has a reason. Companies from the field of sports like Adidas to technology giants like Microsoft to those serving everyday items, all have turned their attention as well as their money to the gaming industry. Motive - to capture the attention of the young audience that is mostly engrossed in these games.
And hence it does not come as a surprise that those who stuck to the craft as gamers have managed to make the big bucks. How big? As much as $17 million or upwards of Rs 127 crore a year!
That, of course, is the annual income of the top-earning gamer in the world - Ninja (Tyler Blevins). Here is a list of those like Ninja that have managed to earn exorbitantly well through online gaming.
2019 Earnings: $17 million
The most renowned and correspondingly the highest earning gamer in the world, Ninja has sourced his income mainly through sponsorship deals, becoming the richest gamer in the world.?
A report by Forbes mentions that despite not winning more than $100,000 in competitions, the 28-year-old pro is the highest earning gamer, thanks to his massive following of gamers on social media.
2019 Earnings: $15 million
You might know this name as a YouTube legend, having the maximum followers on YouTube than any other individual channel. PewDiePie streams his gameplays on his YouTube channel and has a massive following that amounts to billions of views on his videos, helping him become one of the highest paid gamers in the world, if not the richest gamers in the world. Despite being controversial at times, the gamer managed to rake in $15 million last year alone.
2019 Earnings: $14 million
Following closely is Preston, famous for his Minecraft plays and vlogs. Having started as an online gamer, Preston now has a 24-strong team that helps him grow his online business.?
A 2019 report by Business Insider reveals that Preston now “runs an in-house merchandise line and has developed several investments in real estate and game development” since his gaming success, helping him become one of the highest paid gamers in the world.
2019 Earnings: $14 million
Born in Hawaii, Mark Fischbach dropped out of engineering college to grow his career as a YouTube gaming commentator.?
Markiplier specializes in the horror genre and has garnered billions of views on his videos within years, helping him become one of the best paid gamers in the world, if not the richest gamers in the world. Markiplier was also a part of a YouTube Original movie last year called ‘A Heist with Markiplier’ that let the viewers choose their own adventure.
2019 Earnings: $12.5 million
Currently the hot trend for his return to the gaming platform Twitch, Shroud is one of the most competitive names on this list. The Canadian gamer specialises in first person shooter games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, Escape from Tarkov, Valorant, and more.?
Shroud is known to have one of the best “aims” in the gaming industry and is a favourite of game publishers like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and others, helping him become one of the highest paid gamers in the world.