Gaming is a legitimate profession now and some gamers are bona fide legends in their field. They get paid handsomely for what they do as well. Gaming is so diverse that not all of them are even known for their talent as gamers. Many make their money as entertainers who cater to the growing gaming niche. If you want to know how much top gamers make, here’s a list of the four richest gamers on the planet.
1. Tyler Blevins aka Ninja
You may have heard about this name even if you aren’t into gaming. That’s because Ninja is the prime example of a gamer that is more famous for being an entertainer than a gamer. While he got his start as a gamer, the $17 million in revenue he earned dwarfed the amount of money he made through competition. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even able to qualify for the first Fortnite cup, which is his game of choice. Still, Ninja is a fixture in the gaming industry and has the respect of his thousands of fans.
Ninja hasn’t only made money from YouTube either. He made millions in endorsements as well and was even featured in a Super Bowl commercial. He currently has deals with Adidas, Walmart, and Red Bull, just to name a few.
2. Felix Kjellberg aka PewDiePie
PewDiePie is another gamer you can’t escape even if you’re not in gaming. He was the top-ranking Youtuber for many years and now has the third most subscribed channel on YouTube. And that’s after him taking a break at the beginning of last year.
However, he has been embroiled in a massive controversy over anti-Semitic comments and videos he made in the past. While it has cost him a lot of money in lost endorsements, he still sits at number two on this list. He has since tried to move away from his past by making a hefty donation to the anti-defamation league, only to pull it back after outcries from his fanbase.
3. Preston Arsement
Preston Arsement raked in $14 million in 2019, but you may not have heard about him unless you’re into gaming. This is because he’s the only player on this list not to have made most of his money through entertaining. Instead, he became rich by hosting custom Minecraft versions and monetizing them with in-game spending.
4. Mark Fischbach aka Markiplier
Markiplier is known for his over-the-top videos and electric personality. He was also known for his very public friendship and fallout with fellow Youtuber PewDiePie. He made $14 million in 2019 through his YouTube channel and various deals he had with brands, including one rumored deal with Spin Casino. He also started his own choose your adventure series YouTube original series which was well received. His YouTube channel has about 29 million subscribers with over 16 billion total views.
These are the top earners in the video game industry. This should serve as inspiration for anyone thinking of making a living in the business.