League of Legends is often one of the most viewed games globally and has been reigning in the top 10 most popular PVP games since its first release in 2009.
Given the consistent track record, there's no question that the game has evolved into unimaginable heights, with players playing at the micro-level, trying to gain an advantage over their opponents.
These players are considered the best in the world, and in this day and age, you can make a very handsome living off playing games if you do it right.
Below are the top 5 highest paid League of Legends players in the world.
Please note, these are ballpark figures based on the prize pool of each major LoL tournament, not taking into account contracts, stream earnings, and other forms of revenue.
Enough talk; let's dive in.
This list was updated on 23/09/2021.
Fun Fact: All of these players were at one time all part of SK Telecom T1.
Nationality: South Korea | Lane: Mid
If you know League of Legends, you know of one of the GOATs; Faker.
Despite being from the Eastern part of the world, Faker has reached international stardom due to insane outplays and game sense showcased on the world's stage.
He is the only League of Legends player to have earned more than 7 digits (over $1,000,000) in prize winnings, and that was due to his reign at Worlds, MSI, and LCK.
Nationality: South Korea | Lane: Top
Alongside Faker, Duke earned a large portion of his winnings after defeating Samsung Galaxy in a nail-biting 3-2 grand finale.
Nationality: South Korea | Lane: ADC
Bang has been in SK T1's squad since 2014, after going through the organization's secondary teams, SK T1-S.
His earnings are a culmination of wins from Worlds, MSI, and LCK.
Nationality: South Korea | Lane: Support
Wolf is a support main, playing alongside Bang (ADC), and was a vital part of SK T1's reign during the 2015, 2016, and 2017 championships.
He is currently retired and has built a sizeable following streaming on Twitch, streaming full-time.
Nationality: South Korea | Lane: Jungle
If you play Jungle, chances are you've heard of the famous Bengi and his insane Jungle plays.
Bengi is another vital part of the SK T1 organization, helping them turn from a solid team to a powerhouse.
He is a prime example of a selfless player, often protecting his squishes and providing appropriate vision for his teammates, and of course, strong ganks.
Below are some frequently asked questions...
Currently, the highest contracted player from LCS is Jensen, having signed a three-year, $4,200,000 contract extension to stay in Team Liquid.
Bear in mind, this is a contract paid over three years and does not include earnings from tournaments or other forms of income.
Unfortunately, there isn't much data even for ballpark figures about how much LCS players are getting paid since most if not all of them get their cheques behind closed doors.
The players who have earned the most in the West are:
eSports is just like most things; learning the fundamentals, training hard, and finding the right team.
Many of these players would have been playing since the early days of Season 1, and their passion for the game has not waivered, allowing them to grow as players.
But that's not to say that you can't rapidly improve within a couple of months, or years.
With enough dedication and practice, you too can get to achieve a high level in a game like League of Legends...
But the deciding factor comes from your game sense and understanding of the LoL's mechanics.
If you're interested in increasing your rank and becoming more skillful in League of Legends, below are some quick tips to help you get better in League of Legends:
These tips are just the tip of the iceberg, but they can make a big impact if you're serious about climbing up the ranks.
We live in a magical age where making a living off gaming and stream is very viable.
Winning championships isn't the only way to earn money in the LoL world; most if not all pro-players live stream as well.
You may be interested in noting how much they may earn on Twitch compared to how many viewers they get and add that to their net worth.
It's important to note that competitive gaming is no different from anything else; hard work, training, dedication, and teamwork all play an integral role in making it in the eSports world.
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