LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 22: Gaming controllers hang over a gaming station room during the grand opening of Esports Arena Las Vegas, the first dedicated esports arena on the Las Vegas Strip at Luxor Hotel and Casino on March 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Esports Arena Las Vegas)

With over 312 million esports fans expected by 2025, the esports industry has gained popularity across the globe. And in all honesty, I couldn’t be farther from the target demographic for any of it. But clearly, people love it! So just how much money do players from different countries earn? And what are they playing to make all this cash? (Seeing the totals has me thinking maybe I could learn to appreciate this?)

Well, Casinos Crypto has taken a closer look and found out each country’s number of players, highest earning game, highest earning player and the amount won. Some of the most popular games include Dota 2, Fortnite (even I’ve heard of this one), League of Legends, and Counter-Strike. With Dota 2 being far and above the most popular. You learn something new every day.

The US has 22072 players, winning an impressive total of $208,358,286.12. I’m sorry what? WHAT? That number is actually mind-blowing. I truly do not understand who is watching people play video games as entertainment and why. I just don’t get it. When I was a kid my video game experience was extremely limited (basically I had a PlayStation to play the Mary Kate and Ashley game lol). But I did have a friend with two older sisters who enjoyed them. And sometimes we would sit and watch them play and I hated it. Even if I didn’t know how I wanted to play. Not watch someone else do it? I mean I guess people could possibly say the same about sports like football or basketball? If someone wants to explain the appeal to me I’m all ears. Seriously. I want to understand.

But getting back to the subject of this article. The highest-earning player in the US is Kyle Giersdorf and the highest-earning game in the US is Fortnite, whereas other countries in the top 10 appear more successful in games such as previously mentioned Dota 2. Keep reading to see exactly where the US ranked and how much other countries are generating. You can view the full study here.

These are the top 15 highest-ranking countries in the esports industry:

  • 15. Japan


    TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 23: The Japan Flag is raised as the national anthem is sung during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 23, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

    Amount Won: $22,886,482.13

    Number of Players: 2315

    Highest Paying Game: Shadowverse

    Highest Earning Player: —

  • 14. Australia


    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 10: Australian flags fly at half mast at the Australian Parliament House on September 10, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland aged 96 on September 8, 2022, and is survived by her four children, Charles, Prince of Wales, Anne, Princess Royal, Andrew, Duke Of York and Edward, Duke of Wessex. 

    Amount Won: $23,358,983.36

    Number of Players: 2850

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Anathan Pham

  • 13. Ukraine


    BERLIN, GERMANY – AUGUST 24: Demonstrators wave a large flag of Ukraine during a march through the city center as part of the “Ukraine Freedom Parade” on August 24, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Today is Independence Day in Ukraine and also marks six months since the beginning of Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine.

    Amount Won: $28,320,424.61

    Number of Players: 1254

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Ilya Mulyarchuk

  • 12. Finland


    VIERUMAKI, FINLAND – AUGUST 04: A general view of Finland pin flag during Day One of the Vierumaki Finnish Challenge at Vierumaki Resort on August 04, 2022 in Vierumaki, Finland.

    Amount Won: $29,703,010.54

    Number of Players: 1821

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Jesse Vainikka

  • 11. United Kingdom


    SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: A Union flag flies above Exton Park vineyard on September 28, 2022 in Southampton, England. The drought conditions across the South of England this summer have created perfect conditions for UK vineyards, including Exton Park in South Downs national park. 

    Amount Won: $32,658,611.12

    Number of Players: 4110

    Highest Paying Game: Fortnite

    Highest Earning Player: Jaden Ashman

  • 10. Germany


    MARBELLA, SPAIN – MAY 24: A Germany flag is seen during a training session of the German national soccer team on May 24, 2022 in Marbella, Spain.

    Amount Won: $36,170,165.88

    Number of Players: 5295

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Kuro Takhasomi

  • 9. Canada


    QUEBEC, CANADA – JULY 26: The Canadian flag flies behind the Croix du sacrifice, a memorial to soldiers killed in the two world wars and the Korean war, on July 26, 2022 in Quebec, Canada. 

    Number of Players: $37,451,608.72

    Highest Paying Game: 3402

    Highest Earning Player: Dota 2

  • 8. Brazil


    SAO GONCALO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 20: Brazil’s former president and current presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves a Brazilian flag during a rally in Sao Gonçalo in the Metropolitan Region on October 20, 2022 in Sao Goncalo, Brazil.

    Amount Won: $38,964,893.84

    Number of Players: 3756

    Highest Paying Game: Counter Strike: Global Offensive

    Highest Earning Player: Gabriel Toledo

  • 7. France


    ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA – MARCH 12: A France flag is seen being waved during a medal ceremony on day eight of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre on March 12, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China.

    Amount Won: $41,867,299.152

    Number of Players: 4879

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Sebastien Debs

  • 6. Sweden


    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – JUNE 06: The Swedish flag during ceremony celebrating Sweden’s national day at Skansen on June 06, 2022 in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Amount Won: $44,982,151.17

    Number of Players: 2874

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Ludwig Wahlberg

  • 5. Denmark


    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – NOVEMBER 28: Alexandre “Archarom” Maia on stage with a Danish flag during the BLAST Premier Fall Final at Royal Arena on November 28, 2021 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Amount Won: $47,227,717.20

    Number of Players: 1830

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Johan Sundstein

  • 4. Russia


    SEVASTOPOL, CRIMEA – MARCH 16: Crimeans wave Russian flags as they celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on March 16, 2015 in Sevastopol, Crimea . Today marks the first anniversary of the referendum which resulted in the annexation of the territory by Russia.

    Amount Won: $58,429,261.57

    Number of Players: 4509

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Yaroslav Naidenov

  • 3. Korea


    PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 09: The Flag of South Korea and the Olympic Cauldron are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

    Amount Won: $117,846,630.40

    Number of Players: 4736

    Highest Paying Game: League of Legends

    Highest Earning Player: San Hyeok Lee

  • 2. United States

    United States

    BLUE BELL, PA – SEPTEMBER 11: Supporters wave American flags before Democratic Pennsylvania Senate nominee John Fetterman holds a rally with U.S. Congresswomen Madeleine Dean and Mary Gay Scanlon on September 11, 2022 at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. 

    Amount Won: $208,358,286.12

    Number of Players: 22072

    Highest Paying Game: Fortnite

    Highest Earning Player: Kyle Giersdorf

  • 1. China


    HONG KONG, CHINA – OCTOBER 01: A little girl carries a flag of China to celebrate China National Day on October 1, 2022 in Hong Kong, China. China celebrates its National Day on October 1st 2022, marking the 73rd founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

    Amount Won: $212,330,869.39

    Number of Players: 6250

    Highest Paying Game: Dota 2

    Highest Earning Player: Chunyu Wang

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