The highest-earning sports stars of the future are going to be eSports athletes. Though you may not think it takes much physical effort to be a king of the hill online, it is a high-intensity cardio workout. Stars of eSports get taxed physically and mentally to stay at the top of the tables and claim the big bucks.
The rapid growth of eSports and online gaming influencers has drawn huge crowds, and big-name sponsorships with their prize money have followed. Here is a quick guide to some of the most successful pro-eSports stars in the world today.
Johan “N0tail” Sundstein
The secret to this Danish star’s success is consistency. For years he has been one of the top-five earners in the world, topping the list in 2019. It also helps he is a Dota 2 specialist. This battle arena game is a fan favorite and gets lots of attention with plenty of championships throughout the year.
When he is not gaming, he is still gaming. His number one pastime outside of eSports is playing casino games online. You could play Jackpot Casino and find him next to you at a virtual poker table, or streaming a roulette game. He enjoys playing games with a chance of winning some real money so much that he does it in his spare time.
Ian “C6” Porter
This young man is one to watch. He ascended the rankings quickly and developed a following with the fanbase. ‘C6’ is a cool, calm, and collected Call Of Duty supremo. Many look at the COD franchises as ripe for development in the competitive gaming space. Its popularity with fans outside of pro gaming makes it a promising way to bring new fans to eSports.
With more than 35 tournament wins under his belt and three World Championship titles, Ian has claimed well over $1 million in prize money. To relax, he plays. Like many pros, he cannot put the pad down. He began his career playing Halo, but the game fell out of favor with eSports fans. He spends his free time as the Master Chief, and who can blame him?
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Fortnite fans know ‘Bugha’ well. They say the cream rises to the top, and when Fortnite exploded onto the eSports scene this young player quickly rose to become the Battle Royale king. His performance in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup elevated him outside of the Fortnite fanbase and into the hearts of eSports fans in general. Even if you are not a fan of Fortnite, you can be a fan of Kyle.
Some naysayers try to attribute his success to the huge investments that Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, have plowed into eSports. Money does buy success, but the biggest winner here is Fortnite. Hate the game, not the player. It is his personality that has won fans over, gracious in both defeat and victory with endless energy and enthusiasm.
These three players are helping eSports to reach new heights and expand its audience. Every year millions more viewers tune in to a streaming world championship and get hooked on eSports. Join in the action yourself and follow one of these top pro gamers.