Highest earning esports players of United States

The United States of America is one of the first countries that come to mind when esports is mentioned. In fact, they are way ahead of other countries in terms of both the number of esports players and the prizes they have won from esports.

Today we are going to take a look at the highest earning esports players of the United States. Without much ado, let's get started with our list.

10. Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive)

We start our list with the 24-year-old Jacky "Stewie2K" Yip. Currently playing as the in-game leader and entry fragger on Evil Geniuses, Stewie2K is one of the best-known players in the United States. He is currently the only North American player to win both a Major and an Intel Grand Slam. His biggest success was the Major tournament he won with Cloud9, the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018. He was also awarded the DreamHack Open Denver 2017 and iBUYPOWER Masters 2017 MVP awards by HLTV.

Stewie2K | Credit: StarLadder

Most notable titles: Intel Grand Slam Season 2, ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018, ESL Pro League Season 9, ESL Pro League Season 4, IEM Chicago 2019, ESL One: Cologne 2019, DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019, IEM Sydney 2019

Teams played: SapphireKelownaDotCom, ex-eLevate, FolloweSports.com, Splyce, Cloud9, SK Gaming, MIBR, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses (Present)

Approximate total earnings: $1,184,790

9. James "Clayster" Eubanks (Call of Duty)

James "Clayster" Eubanks, 29, is one of the most prominent Call of Duty players. Currently playing for the New York Subliners, Clayster has three world championships. He was also named MVP at the 2015 World Championship. The teams he had the most success with were compLexity, FaZe Clan, eUnited and Dallas Empire. He is one of three players to win two consecutive Call of Duty World Championships.

Clayster | Credit: CDL / Pexels

Most notable titles: Call of Duty League - 2020 Playoffs, Call of Duty World League Championship 2019, CWL Pro League Finals 2019, Call of Duty Championship 2015, MLG Spring Championship 2013

Teams played: smkd, Crowned Victorious, Art of eXecution, Fly Society, vVv Gaming, Team Obey, OpTic Nation, Team TaKeOver, RoughNeX, Thrust Nation, UNiTE Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Team Kaliber, OpTic Gaming, Team Envy, Denial eSports, FaZe Clan, eUnited, Dallas Empire, New York Subliners (Present)

Approximate total earnings: $1,198,021

8. Nate "Kreo" Kou (Fortnite)

Next up is Nate "Kreo" Kou. Kreo currently plays for Built by Gamers. He earned a significant portion of his esports earnings with his fourth place at the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Solo, which he attended while at Lazarus Esports.

Most notable titles: Ninja Battles - Week 3, C2S4: FNCS - Week 1: NA East, EmadGG Cup, C2S5: FNCS - Heat 4: NA East

Teams played: FrontSide Esports, Armada Esports, Luminosity Gaming, Lazarus Esports, Built by Gamers (Present)

Approximate total earnings: $1,221,159

7. Ian "C6" Porter (Call of Duty)

Seventh on our list is another New York Subliners player, Ian "C6" Porter. He has three World Championships. In addition, Crimsix is the most successful Call of Duty player with 37 Major tournaments to his name. He is also the first person to earn the Major League Gaming Pro Player title in both Halo and Call of Duty. He is the only player to win 5 consecutive ESWC Championships. His previous nicknames were EKLiP5E and Crimsix. According to Clayster, the reason he changed his nickname to C6 is because his nametag is now harder to find among things like smokes and bushes in game.

C6 | Credit: OpTic Intel

Most notable titles: Call of Duty League - 2020 Playoffs, CWL Championship 2017, Call of Duty Championship 2014, CWL Las Vegas Open 2019, MLG Spring Championship 2013

Teams played: Crowned Victorious, Evil, Quantic Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming, Dallas Empire, New York Subliners (Present)

Approximate total earnings: $1,333,092

6. Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton (Fortnite)

Another Fortnite player on our list is Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton. The 19-year-old player currently plays for NRG Esports. The biggest success of the player is undoubtedly the third place finish in the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Solo. The $1,200,000 prize he won is a testament to this.

Most notable titles: C2S5: FNCS - Grand Finals: NA West, C2S4: FNCS - Grand Finals: NA West, FNCS: Chapter 2 Season 2 - Grand Finals: NA West

Teams played: Kungarna, NRG Esports (Present)

Approximate total earnings: $1,354,667

5. Harrison "psalm" Chang (Fortnite)

We continue our list with Harrison "psalm" Chang. Previously a professional Heroes of the Storm player, psalm now plays VALORANT at the pro level. We're going to focus on his Fortnite career, as he's on our list because of his successes in Fortnite. He earned $1,800,000 when he finished second in the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Solo. The only team he played for was Counter Logic Gaming.

Psalm | Credit: Turtle Entertainment

Most notable titles: Fortnite World Cup Finals - Solo (Runner-up)

Teams played: Counter Logic Gaming

Approximate total earnings: $1,958,450

4. Clinton "Fear" Loomis (Dota 2)

The fourth place is the first Dota 2 player on our list. He is known as one of the best North American Dota 2 players. Being a good player in every role made him a successful player in the Dota 2 competitive scene over the years. Currently the head coach of Thunder Predator, Fear won the biggest tournament of his life — The International 2015 with Evil Geniuses.

Fear | Credit: StarLadder

Most notable titles: The Summit, The International 2015

Teams played: PluG Pullers Inc., compLexity Gaming, PluG Pullers v2, Meet Your Makers, Evil Geniuses, Blight.int, Nirvana.int, Lost.eu, Browned Potatoes, Online Kingdom, Evil Geniuses, Evil Geniuses (Coach), Evil Geniuses, Evil Geniuses (Coach), Evil Geniuses, J.Storm, business associates, Sadboys, Thunder Predator (Coach)

Approximate total earnings: $2,564,313

3. Peter "ppd" Dager (Dota 2)

We are in the top three on our list. Third place is Peter "ppd" Dager. Shining with his performance in Evil Geniuses, ppd was the captain when his team won The International 2015. He was also the CEO of Evil Geniuses for one year. He retired from Dota 2 in April 2020, but returned in 2021. He also played professionally in Heroes of Newerth prior to his career in Dota 2.

Ppd | Credit: Turtle Entertainment

Most notable titles: The International 2015, Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015, Dota Pit League Season 3, StarLadder StarSeries Season 10, World E-sport Championships 2014, The Summit, The Summit 4, DreamLeague Season 2, HyperX D2L Western Challenge

Teams played: Stay Free, Super Strong Dinosaurs, S A D B O Y S, Evil Geniuses, Evil Geniuses (CEO), WanteD, The Dire, OpTic Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Sadboys, Alliance (Coach)

Approximate total earnings: $3,029,331

2. Saahil "Universe" Arora (Dota 2)

Second on our list is Saahil "Universe" Arora. He retired in 2020. The last team he played for was Ninjas in Pyjamas. Although initially listed as a reserve at first The International, until The International 2019, he was the only player to appear at all events sponsored by Valve. His biggest success is winning The International 2015 with Evil Geniuses.

Universe | Credit: Turtle Entertainment

Most notable titles: The International 2015, Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015, Dota Pit League Season 3, The Manila Masters, China Top 2016, Mars Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn, StarLadder StarSeries Season 10, World E-sport Championships 2014, Dota Pit League Season 5, The Summit, The Summit 4, DreamLeague Season 2, HyperX D2L Western Challenge

Teams played: Online Kingdom, EZ Style, It's Gosu eSports, Evil Geniuses, Quantic Gaming, Team Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, Quincy Crew, Forward Gaming, Ninjas in Pyjamas

Approximate total earnings: $3,057,237

1. Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf (Fortnite)

Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf  tops our list. You all probably remember the young Fortnite World Champion. Having won the Fortnite World Cup Finals - Solo, Bugha became a millionaire with the $3,000,000 prize. The 19-year-old player is currently continuing his esports career with the Sentinels team.

Most notable titles: Fortnite World Cup Finals - Solo, FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale - NAE

Teams played: No Clout, Sentinels

Approximate total earnings: $3,175,211

We have come to the end of our list. The United States is one of the leading countries, especially in CS:GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite and Dota 2. There are also successful Halo, StarCraft II and Mortal Kombat players from the United States, although they are not on the list.

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