10 Highest Earning Pro DotA 2 Gamers
“You won’t gain anything from playing computer games”. We’ve all heard that line (or something to that effect) from our parents/guardians at least once in our life, worse maybe every waking day of your existence. At least that statement was true two or three decades ago, but these people on our list proved that money (not to mention fame) will follow if you just do what you love to do.
Editor’s Note: The total earnings of each of the pro gamers listed here does not include sponsorships and deals.
10. Xie Junhao aka Super ($458,940.79) – A member of Vici Gaming since 2012, Super started his career at the age of 18 and has since earned close to half-a-million US dollars by consistently placing among the top 5 in almost every tournament that he joined.
9. Zeng Hongda aka Faith ($459,520.12) – Unlike Super, Faith has already been in three different teams since he started back in 2011. A former member of Tyloo, the 22-year old DotA 2 pro is currently playing for LGD Gaming where he usually plays the role of support during tourneys.
8. Alexander Dashkevich aka XBOCT ($592,633.56) – For almost two years, XBOCT and teammates over at Natus Vincere or Na’Vi were the epitome of what their team name stands for (Born to Win) as they constantly ranked either first or second on every major tournaments that they played since 2011 up until the mid-way point of 2014.
7. Danil Ishutin aka Dendi ($595,579.65) – With nearly a decade of experience under his belt, Dendi is one of the main driving force behind Na’Vi’s incredible success which ultimately placed him and his teammates in the upper echelon of the who’s who in the DotA 2 community.
6. Clement Ivanov aka Puppey ($612,296.75) – Before his departure from team Na’Vi in August of last year, Puppey took the role of the team’s captain after ArtStyle left to join DTS Gaming. He had a fruitful career as he and his squad rallied to win the $1,000,000 grand prize in The International 2011 at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany.
The remaining professional players on our list belong to team Newbee, the organization that took the DotA 2 community by storm after walking away victorious in the prestigious TI 2014 and taking home the tournament’s grand prize which soared to a record-high $5,028,121. This, obviously, catapulted the total earnings of each of the team members to the roof and has earned them the title of the 5 highest earning DotA 2 players in the world.
Here are the names of The International 2014 champions and their respective total earnings (in ascending order):
5. Zhang Ning aka xiao8 – $1,102,698.15
4. Zhang Pan aka Mu – $1,179,959.08
3. Wang Zhaohui aka SanSheng – $1,179,959.08
2. Zhihao Chen aka Hao – $1,185,659.98
1. Wang Jiao aka Banana – $1,185,934.87
Needless to say, there’s money to be made in being a professional gamer. This is probably one of the reasons why a lot of players reacted the way they did when the news broke that one of the barangays in Cavite banned DotA from computer shops in their community.
Do these officials have the right reasons to believe that playing video games will just be a waste of time and money? They probably do. After all, they won’t be compelled to take matters in to their own hands if there’s no need to do so. However, this doesn’t take away the fact that DotA/DotA 2, or E-Sports in general, have evolved over the years that it’s no longer just a mean to while time away, but a lucrative industry and a platform for ordinary people to make a name for themselves.