Being a professional esport player is by no means an easy job, regardless of public perception. The reality is that esports is the fastest-growing segment within the entire sporting world, and revenues are skyrocketing.
The global pandemic has increased the appetite for professional gaming, as millions flock to watch the world’s best players in action. In terms of revenue, esports is expected to reach 1.6 billion US dollars by 2023.
A new study from SlotsUp has revealed the ‘ultimate’ professional esports gamer, taking several factors into consideration including social media presence, earning and the number of official tournaments won*.
Here are the top five ultimate esports players of 2020:
1. Jesper Wecksell
Jesper Wecksell .jpg
Player ID: JW
Tournaments won: 163
Social media following: 634,392
Jesper Wecksell recognised as JW topped the list as the ultimate esports player of 2020, based on his earnings of £855,461, 163 tournament wins and social media following of 634,392.
JW is currently one of the strongest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players on the gaming scene. He began competitive gaming back in 2013 and by 2014 was placing at international competitions.
2. Clement Ivanov
Player ID: Puppey
Tournaments won: 130
Social media following: 372,458
With earnings of over 2 million British pounds, Clement Ivanov commonly known as Puppey landed in second place on the Ultimate Esports Index. The Estonian professional Dota 2 player has a staggering 130 tournament wins in total and in 2011 won one million dollars first-place prize in The International.
3. Håvard Nygaard
Player ID: rain
Tournaments won: 116
Social media following: 501,862
Håvard Nygaard better known as rain is a Norwegian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player for team FaZe Clan. Håvard took third place on the Ultimate Esports Index, based on his earnings of £761,550, 116 tournaments won and 501,862 social media followers.
4. Danil Ishutin
Player ID: Dendi
Tournaments won: 112
Social media following: 1,216,524
Ukrainian professional Dota 2 player Danil Ishutin has a huge social media presence with over 1 million followers. Thanks to his huge success on screen and off, Danil better known as Dendi is the fourth ultimate esports gamer of 2020.
In 2018, Dendi left team Na’Vi to create his own Dota 2 organization in 2020, known as B8 after earning a staggering £806,571.
5. Luka Perković
Player ID: G2 Perkz
Tournaments won: 27
Social media following: 803,157
With a social media following of over 800 thousand, Croatia League of Legends player Luka Perković landed in fifth place on the Ultimate Esports Index. In June 2015, Luka who is widely known by his Perkz player ID signed with G2 eSports, where he helped earn eight total LEC champions and become very popular amongst viewers.
Now Perkz plays at the Midlander for Cloud9 which is one of the most recognizable esports organizations in the world.
*The Ultimate Esports Index takes a seed list based on the top 50 earning teams of 2020 and uses a variety of factors to determine who comes top when all of these factors are taken into consideration.
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