Top 10 Esports Wins in 2020 so Far
The eSports universe has been nothing but thriving in the first half of 2020. The number of viewership has skyrocketed compared to previous years. With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing many people to stay home, sports leagues are getting more fans than ever before. So, prize pools are getting bigger and competitions even stiffer.
Industry experts predict that this may be the year eSports becomes a household activity. If you want to get involved yourself, you can by betting on gamers to win tournaments. To see why you need to ‘get in on the action’, here is a quick rundown of the top 10 winnings in eSports in 2020 so far.
1. $300,000 Prize by PVDDR (Brazil) in Magic: The Gathering Arena
In February 2020, Brazillian professional eSports player Paulo Vitor Damo da Rosa (PVDDR) dominated a magic tournament to win a record prize of $300,000. His win was the largest cash prize ever awarded in a Magic: The Gathering Arena tournament. PVDDR, with his Blue/White Control Standard deck, went against Carvalho in the finals. He had to beat him in three best-of-three matches to win the trophy and grand prize. There was a $1 million prize pool up for grabs in the 3-day 16 of the best Magic: The Gathering tournament.
2. $210,000 Prize by Canadian (Canada) in Rainbow Six Siege
Canadian Troy Jaroslawski began his professional eSports gaming career in mid-2016. Yet, in less than five years he has won over $500,000 in various eSports tournaments. This year, he bagged a $210,000 cash prize when he and his Spacestation Gaming team came second place at the Pro League Season 11 and Six Invitational 2020.
3. $210,000 Prize by Bosco (US) in Rainbow Six Siege
American Dylan Bosco is the only eSports player who has won the Six Invitational tournament in two different platforms. The 25-year old player of Rainbow Six Siege plays for Spacestation Gaming. He has gradually risen among the ranks of the highest-paid players since he recorded, he first joined Elevate in 2016. The $210,000 win in the 2020 league is his highest so far.
4. $210,000 Prize by Rampy (US) in Rainbow Six Siege
Nathanial “Rampy” Duvall is a member of Spacestation Gaming’s Rainbow Six Siege team. His overall winnings in Rainbow Six Siege so far in 2020 is $261,060, inclusive of the $210,000 his team won in the Pro League Season 11 and Six Invitational 2020 tournaments. In this tournament, Rampy managed to fling himself to the MVP by the Six Invitational, helping keep his team’s performance flawless to the historic victory.
5. $210,000 Prize by Thinkingnade (El Salvador) in Rainbow Six Siege
Javier “Thinkingnade” De Andre Escamilla is a 21-year has been on the Spacestation Gaming team since March 2018. He has earned over $250,000 in game winnings from online events throughout his career. Afk, he is at the forefront of ‘cleaning up’ eSports by exposing the dark side of the North American scene.
6. $210,000 Prize by Fultz (US) in Rainbow Six Siege
The last member in Space Station Gaming’s Rainbow Six Siege is American Alexc Fultz. He has won over $236,250 in eSports tournaments, although he only began competing professionally in 2019. He is presently ranked the 115th highest earners from eSports in the United States, all from 13 tournament events in the last two years.
7. $155,128 Prize by Rogue (South Korea) in Starcraft II
Formerly known as ‘Savage’ and ‘Ryul2’, South Korean Lee “Rogue” Byeong Yeol is a professional eSports player from South Korea. He plays Zerg for Jin Air Green Wings. He won the 2017 StarCraft II WCS Global finals, but this year’s grand prize win put him on the global map. The Rogue is quickly rising in the chart of South Korea’s top-earners list. Soon enough, he should soon catch up with Maru, who has earned over $830,00 in Starcraft tournaments.
8. $150,000 Prize by Marcio Carvalho (Portugal) in Magic: The Gathering Arena
Marcio Carvalho, the Magic player who went against Brazillian PVDDR in the historic The Gathering Arena tournament makes it to the list of highest-paid eSports players in 2020. So far, the $150,000 he won was the second prize in the largest prize pool of any eSports game in 2020. The 34-year old has a flourishing online gaming career and has quite a repertoire of accomplishments under his belt.
9. $130,000 Prize by Wolfiez (U.K.) in Fortnite
16-year-old Jaden Ashman, using the ID Wolfiez, has won $130,000 this year alone from two tournaments at the FNCS Invitationals: Europe. Wolfiez rose to fame last year when he and his teammate won a $2.25 million prize fund in the Fortnite World Cup.
10. $122,413 Prize by Each of Team Secret Team in Dota 2
Team Secret made up of Matumbaman (Finland), Puppey (Estonia), Zai (Sweden), YapzOr (Jordan), and Nisha (Poland) each won a $122,413 prize in the OGA Dota PIT 2020 online championship for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Team Secret battled Team Liquid in the finals of the 10-team competition for the top prize.
Different factors have forced many of us to isolate ourselves from the world physically, but we are making up for that with online interactions and events. If you are not winning from eSports already, this list of winners should inspire you to do something about it.
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