Follow the Money: A Look at Top-Earning Teams in Esports
There is big money to be had in esports. In addition to tournament winnings, which are often provided by the title's publisher, teams earn money through sponsorship deals, content production and streaming, and merchandise sales. Here is a look at top-earning teams who are winning the game of getting paid.
Team Liquid got an early start in the esports industry, launching squads in Starcraft: Brood War in 2010. However, the name and the branding has been around since the late 90s. The organization now includes teams in League of Legends, CS:GO, Heroes of the Storm, and Dota 2.
To date, Team Liquid has won more than $18.2 million in prize money, over $14 million of which came from Dota 2 alone.
San Francisco-based Evil Geniuses, or EG for short, launched with a Counter-Strike team in 1999. Today the organization's competitive lineup includes Dota 2, League of Legends, StarCraftII, and World of Warcraft.
EG players and teams have won over $16.6 million in total prize money, $14.7 million of which came from Dota 2.
China's leading esports organization ranks third in the world in terms of highest tournament winnings. Newbee fields teams in Dota 2, Hearthstone, and League of Legends. Like the two organizations mentioned above, the lion's share of Newbee's esports winnings came from Dota 2 – $11.9 million of the teams total $12.1 million in winnings, to be exact.
The list continues with China's LGD Gaming ($10.2 million); China's Wings Gaming ($9.7 million), and London-based Fnatic ($9 million).