The eSports world has grown dramatically over the past few years. Players gather for intense high stakes tournaments and brands spend millions to sponsor and advertise. A BI Intelligence report estimated that brands will spend $440 million on eSports in 2017.
The gaming world’s premier tournament, ‘The International,’ got underway in Seattle this week and competitors from around the world met to battle it out on Dota 2 for a chance to win a part of the $24 million prize pool. As we can see in this chart from Statista, the most elite of them all is Saahil Arora, aka UNiVeRsE. He is the highest paid eSports player in the world, and has won 67 tournaments over the course of his life raking in an average of $42 thousand at each one.