With about 205 million eSports fans around the world, eSports is getting very popular. According to the research firm Newzoo, eSports industry could surpass $1 billion already in 2018.
For the most skilled players in the industry playing computer games is an actual career. In the list below you can see which eSports teams that earned the most money in 2015.
10. Cloud9 – $ 1.450.000
Cloud9 primarily plays Dota 2 and Counter-Strike, but they also have won prize money of games like Hearthstone and the Mario game Smash Bros. The team is based in Los Angeles, USA. They mainly field teams in League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Hearthstone.
09. SK Telecom – $ 1.510.000
Telecom T1 dominated in 2015 in South Korea. The prize money came primarily from the game League of Legends (LoL). It’s a team with a great potential that you should look for in 2016.
08. EHOME – $ 1.550.000
The year 2015 was a difficult year for EHOME in the Asian tournaments even though it is the best team in Asia, but the team did very well in the American and European Dota 2 tournaments.
07. COGnitive Gaming – $ 1,760.000
Cognitive Gaming’s earnings last year mainly came from Smite World Championships tournament in Atlanta, US. Here the team ran home with all 1.200.000 dollars in prize money.
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06. Virtus.Pro – $ 2.120.000
In 2015 Virtus.Pro performed really well in the computer game Counter-Strike. The team won almost 1.000.000 dollars in ESL ESEA Pro League Invitational tournament in Dubai. The biggest earnings came from the American tournament The International 5 (TI5), where the team won 1.200.00 dollars in total.
05. Team Secret – $ 2.200.000
Team Secret won a third place at Dota 2 Asia Championships and cashed the team 2800,000 dollars and got a 7th place in The International 2015 with the prize money of 829.333 dollars.
04. Vici Gaming – $ 2.570.000
Alone a fourth place secured the Team Vici Gaming an earning of 1.550.000 dollars at The International 2015 (TI5).
03. LGD Gaming – $ 3.000.000
With a third place at TI5, the LGD Gaming could putt 2.211.554 dollars in their pockets. Thier total revenue in 2015 was 3.000.00 dollars.
02. CDEC Gaming – $ 3.210.00
The team CDEC Gaming came to The International 2015 (TI5) on a wildcard. So it was a huge surprise that the team reached the second place. Along with second place, 2.856.590 dollars where followed in prize money.
01. Evil Geniuses – $ 11.710.000
Evil Geniuses won the first place in The International 2015. And only the prize money from that tournament was enough to give the team the first place on this list. The team won 6.634.661 dollars(!) in that tournament.