For most people, video games are largely a mode of entertainment. They may be passionate about it and spend significant time playing their favorite video games. But the returns are mostly limited to their achievements in the virtual world. However, there’s also the group that plays video games at professional level. For these guys, video games are not just a passion, but also a full-time profession. Professional video gamers take part in local and international gaming events and compete with each other for the prize money.
It is to note that these professionals also earn huge sums of money through promotions, ads and their respective social channels on YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, etc. It brings up the question as to who is the highest earning video gamer? If we look at 2020 data, here’s the list of some of the top earning video gamers in the world.
Shroud (Michael Grzesiek) – A Canadian, Shroud has achieved success in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, Escape from Tarkov, Apex Legends and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. He is currently focused on his YouTube channel, which has around 6.81 million subscribers. He is also active on Twitch, where he has 9.75 million subscribers. Shroud is regarded as one of the best ‘aimers’ in the world of video games. His earnings measured in 2020 were at $12.5 million.
Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) – An American, Mark is popular for his playthroughs of indie and horror games. The list includes games like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Five Nights at Freddy’s series, Slender: The Eight Pages, SCP – Containment Breach, Happy Wheels, Surgeon Simulator, and Garry’s Mod. Mark currently focuses on his YouTube channel that has more than 30 million subscribers. His earnings assessed in 2020 were at $14 million.
Preston (Preston Arsement) – An American, Arsement is known for his skills in Minecraft. He has also achieved significant expertise in games like Among Us, Roblox and Fortnite. He is currently focused on his YouTube channel that has 32 million subscribers. Earnings assessed in 2020 were at $14 million.
PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) – A Swedish, Felix gained popularity for his playthroughs of action and horror video games. Over the years, Felix has expanded his domain to include videos on various other topics. Some of his videos have also turned out to be hugely controversial. His YouTube channel currently has 110 million subscribers. His earnings were $15 million, as published in 2020.
Ninja (Tyler Blevins) – An American professional gamer, Tyler is active on Twitch and YouTube. He has expertise in games like Halo 3 and Fortnite Battle Royale. He has 16.7 million subscribers on Twitch, making it the biggest channel on the platform. His earnings, as published in 2020, were at $17 million.