Professional video gaming has become a sensation since the rise in multiplayer gaming and the world has seen many video gamers rising as well with the development of esports around the world. In professional video-gaming winning is not the only thing that matters and Forbes has released its first-ever list of top-earning video-gamers around the world in 2019.
28-years-old Fortnite Phenom Tyler “Ninja” Blevins topped the list with earning $17million in 2019 but he just made less than $100,000 competing in gaming tournaments he didn’t even qualify for the first-ever Fortnite World Cup in July 2019 that was won by 16-years-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf in New York.
Top-earning gamers are more influencers than elite gamers as Ninja has 2.8 million followers on Mixer, 22.7 million YouTube subscribers and 14.9 million followers on Instagram.
Combined the ten top-earning gamers have a combined 270 million followers across YouTube, Twitch, and Mixer and earned $121 million in 2019.
Top-Earning Video Gamers of 2019
1. Ninja (Tyler Blevins) – $17 million
2. PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) – $15 million
3. Preston (Preston Arsement) – $14 million
4. Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) – $14 million
5. Shroud (Michael Grzesiek) – $12.5 million
6. DanTDM (Daniel Middleton) – $12 million
7. VanossGaming (Evan Fong) – $11.5 million
8. Jacksepticeye (Sean McLoughlin) – $11 million
9. TimTheTatman (Timothy Betar) – $8 million
10. Nickmercs (Nick Kolcheff) – $6 million