The StarCraft 2 Players Drowning in Prize Money

Nicholas Barth,

March 19, 2018 4:20 PM

Blizzard's real time strategy game has seen many players earn large sums of prize money in their careers.

StarCraft II is a legendary title in the esports world with a great deal of history to its name. From superstar players to awe inspiring matches and enormous prize pools, StarCraft II has provided fans with countless memories. While the title is not in the public eye as much as the likes of League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or DOTA 2, it is still a very lucrative career path for its most talented players who have claimed victory on the game's biggest stages. Here are the top five players with the most prize money in the history of StarCraft II.  

5. Jun "TY" Tae Yang

(source: GosuGamers_
(source: GosuGamers)

TY is currently a StarCraft programer for Splyce and has been competing in the professional scene since 2012. TY has won a total of $502,528.39 from 66 tournaments played. Seeing a steady increase in his prize winnings each year, 2017 was by far the highest earning year for TY, as he collected $374,008.54 from 19 tournaments. $200,000 of his 2017 winnings were earned by his first place finish at the World Electronic Sports Games. 2016 was Ty's second most proftable year, as the player secured $71,370.88 from 14 tournaments. The veteran player has won $11,100 from two tournaments in 2018 and will most likely continue to add to his pocketbook for the rest of the year. 

4. Jang "MC" Min Chul 

(Source: Red Bull)
(Source: Red Bull)

MC is a retired StarCraft II professional player, who was most known for being one of the best Protoss players in the world. He last competed for CJ Entus before the team disbanded. He has earned a total of $506,725.69 from 109 tournaments played. Consistency is the key to MC's high amount of prize earnings, as he has not won less that $60,000 in five of his seven years of competing. 2011 was MC's highest earning year with $142,868.70 collected from 28 tournaments. 2012 was his second most profitable year, as MC added $124,655 to his bank account. MC is no longer battling it out for prize pools, but the talented player still remains one of the winningiest StarCraft II players ever.

3. Kim "sOs" Yoo Jin


sOs is currently a Protoss player for Jin Air Green Wings. Taking the third spot on our list, sOs has won a total of $529,289.72 from 61 tournaments. With three years of winning over $100,000, sOs has been one of the highest earning players for the popular RTS title. 2013 was the year that saw sOs secure his most prize money, as he would take home $151,268.69 from 13 tournaments. The next year was the second highest earning year for sOs with $139,332.68. With $30,800 already won in 2018, sOs has an opportunity to add even more prize money to his total and move higher up on the list of players with the most prize money for StarCraft II

2. Lee "Rogue" Byung Ryul

(Source: eSportsTv_Global)
(Source: eSportsTv_Global)

Currently a Zerg player for Jin Air Green Wings, Rogue has won a total of $546,907.84 from 65 tournaments. The majority of Rogue's winnings have come in 2017 and 2018, as the Zerg player collected $321,146.35 last year and has so far added another $150,825.00 this year. With a championship win at IEM XII - World Championship to begin 2018, Rogue has chance to take over the top spot on this list if he continues his impressive play for the rest of this year. Not earning over $40,000 until 2017, Rogue has seen a very dramatic increase in his prize winnings over the past two years of his six year career. 

1. Cho "Maru" Sung Choo

(Source: Team Liquid)
(Source: Team Liquid)

Holding the title for youngest GSL winner player of all time, Maru won his first televised match at the age of 13. Spanning a nine year career, Maru has won a total of $552,784.10 from 87 tournaments played. Even though Maru has been competing since 2010, Maru has already won the most prize money of his career in 2018 with $228,241.00 earned from only four tournaments. The recently completed WESG 2017 StarCraft 2 event saw Maru take home $200,000 and helped propel him into becoming the player with the most prize money won in the history of StarCraft II. With the success that Maru has already seen in 2018, it would not be shocking to see him pad his top spot with even more winnings in the near future.

StarCraft II has been a mainstay of the esports industry since its infancy and continues to reward its top players with impressive prize pools. With the majority of these players still competing at a very high level, it will be difficult for players outside of the top five to make their way in. 

Interested in learning about the players with the most prize money in other esports titles? Check out our list of the top earners for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

(all figures taken from esportsearnings)

(cover photo courtesy of GAMERS DECIDE)


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