Top three CS:GO players have earned $5.1 million
The top three highest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) earners have accumulated $5.1 million as of January 2020.
While eSports itself is a relatively new term and industry, CS:GO has been competitive for many years.
The current title has only been available for seven years, but the original version debuted in 2004.
Many tournaments offer prize pools worth millions and this one is no different. The cumulative amount of cash which has been up for grabs for the online shooter has reached a staggering $18.2m – as of 2019 – cementing it as the third-largest eSports game in the world.
Its top three players across the years have accumulated earnings totalling around $5.1 million with Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth leading the list.
The 24-year-old Danish professional is a member of team Astralis and has competed in 150 competitions.
Throughout his days playing at the top level, Højsleth has netted himself a cool $1.74 million.
Although his fellow countryman – 26-year-old Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen – has competed in fewer tournaments (136), he has still raked in relatively the same amount of money as Xyp9x.
The third most paid player once again hails from Denmark. Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz has vied to be the best in 130 competitions and taken home a $1.7 million slice of the pie for his efforts.
Interestingly, the number of the game’s players on Steam has seen growth once more – even though it has been out for seven years. As of December 2019, the player count has reached 767,000. Its peak was recorded in April 2016 at roughly 850,500.
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