Top-10 esports teams by prize pool earnings of 2019

Jul 06 2019 4 min read

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More than six months have passed, so it's time to count the money earned by the esports organisations in 2019. Only by prize pool winnings, of course, because we can't tell the exact earnings due to it's not the end of the financial year yet and there are no official reports. 

Total tournaments2019
Total prize money$60,601,447.05
Total players involved13159

60 million dollars played and it's not even The International 2019 time yet. While Valve's main tournament prize pool has already broken the previous year record, Fortnite's $30m World Cup, and we expect many more highly funded cups, the overall numbers can easily make it over $150 million. 

So, Esports Observer made it clear: Team Liquid has won most of the others, making it almost twice as the third team has. You can check the full list here and find your favourite team. Let's work this out a bit closer.

10. Virtus.pro: $627,000

2019 is a good year for Virtus.pro, as the biggest part of their income was made by Dota 2 team: 

The Chongqing Major 2019, 2nd place$170,000
DreamLeague Season 11, 2nd place$170,000
EPICENTER Major 2019, 3rd place$100,000

There were the times when everyone was afraid of Virtus.pro CS:GO team, but not today: only $27,000 made this year. And $16,000 via Fortnite. Have you noticed? No big wins, but the only CIS team in the list. 

9. Ninjas in Pyjamas: $693,000

Dota 2 has also enriched Ninjas in Pyjamas, as the team has won StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 2 and OGA Dota PIT Minor, $125,000 each. $181,000 came from CS:GO, including $45,000 for a third-place finish at BLAST Pro Series: Miami

8. TnC Gaming: $703,000

TnC Gaming has won $500,000 of $703,000 total thanks to March's WESG 2018 Dota 2 tournament. They have also earned $80,000 by finishing fourth at EPICENTER Major 2019, $75,000 by topping the Asia Pacific Predator League, $20,000 at ESL One Mumbai 2019 and $15,000 at The Chongqing Major.

7. NRG: $744,000 (Includes Shock)

NRG pulled $300,000 with the help of San Francisco's Shock Overwatch League, finishing second in Stage 1 and winning Stage 2. Their CS:GO squad has earned $220,000 to date from tournaments: ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals $40,000 and ECS Season 7 Finals $50,000. And $93,000 via Rocket League cups. 

6. Team Vitality: $747,000

You could never think of Team Vitality hitting the list, but in June, they have had two huge wins: CS:GO ECS Season 7 Finals earned them $225,000 and Rocket League Championship Series World Championship had $200,000. By the way, Team Vitality's CS:GO roster made it $437,000 this year, which is more than a half of the total income, while Rocket League strikes again with $259,000 via different tournaments. Guess who's on third? Hearthstone with $21,000.

5. Astralis: $782,000

There is only CS:GO for Astralis. The Danish team has earned $3,65m in 2018 for being extremely successful in it, but 2019 is not that golden. $500,000 for a win at March's Intel  Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 Major and $125,000 at BLAST Pro Series: São Paulo (1st place) is just that.

4. Vici Gaming: $993,000

Vici Gaming has won only $61,000 not via Dota 2: PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS — $17,000, League of Legends — $29,000, CS:GO —$15,000. The rest of the sum was pulled out thanks to winning DreamLeague Season 11 and The EPICENTER Major 2019 each with $350,000 and $125,000 came from hitting the top-1 at StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor.

3. Team Secret: $1.13M

Team Secret knows how to play Dota 2 and win it: for five straight years, the team has won at least $1m per year thanks to this game. In 2019, Team Secret has won four tournaments of the total six where they have participated: 

The Chongqing Major$350,000 
MDL Disneyland Paris Major$350,000
ESL One Katowice$125,000
ESL One Birmingham$125,000

But hey, not only Puppey's boys make the money. Team Secret has also made $36,000 via Rainbow Six Siege and $20,000 in Fortnite.

2. G2 Esports: $1.73M

Ubisoft is working hard on establishing Rainbow Six Siege as a major esports discipline and G2 Esports likes that. They've made $800,000 for winning the Six Invitational 2019, February's championship (might be considered as the World Cup). G2 has also earned $490,000 through League of Legends with $400,000 coming from Mid-Season Invitational in May. $227,000 came from CS:GO, and $162,000 — from Rocket League thanks to placing second at RLCS World Championship.

1. Team Liquid: $2.17M

Team Liquid are good at all games they play. The biggest part, $734,000, was made by CS:GO team, who are now the top-1 team in the world. 

  1. CS:GO: ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals (1st place, $250,000), DreamHack Masters Dallas (1st place, $100,000), IEM Season XIV – Sydney (1st place, $100,000), iBUYPOWER  Masters IV (1st place, $100,000);
  2. Dota 2: no huge wins, but $533,000 in total;
  3. PUBG: $145,000;
  4. Hearthstone: $105,000;
  5. MTG Arena: $97,000
  6. Rainbow Six Siege: $94,000
  7. Fortnite: $79,000

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