Coming second still pays a hell of a lot.
By Alex Walker on November 13, 2013 at 9:56 am
Here’s one for the record books: the most well paid gamer in history is, after almost a decade, a Korean. The Starcraft 2 professional and former Brood War prodigy Lee Jae Dong, otherwise known as Jaedong, now tops the list of prize winners following his runner-up finish at the World Championship Series finals at Blizzcon a few days ago.
According to eSports Earnings, which tracks these things, Jaedong’s earnings now total $489,384. That surpasses Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel’s accumulated rucksack of $454,544 dollar bills, followed by Lee “Flash” Young Ho’s lifetime earnings of $446,371. What’s interesting though is the percentages of money each player earned. Jaedong and Flash both earned the majority of their winnings through their Brood War careers.
The list makes for interesting reading, if you’re a scholar of these matters: the breakdown of Starcraft 2 versus Brood War, DOTA 2 versus League of Legends, just how much money Warcraft 3 players made. It’s eSports history in the making.
Source: eSports Earnings