Dota 2 tournaments pay out so much higher compared to other competitive titles that, according to esportsearnings.com, of the 40 players with the highest Esports earnings, 39 of them play Valve’s premiere MOBA; League of Legends player Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok barely clocks in at number 40.
With that said, we decided to take a look at the different Dota 2 teams and see which ones had the highest Esports earnings in history.
5. LGD Gaming – $9,532,309
Thanks to LGD Gaming’s strong performance at the recently-concluded The International 7 where both of their teams finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively, LGD Gaming nearly doubled their net earnings as a team in one fell swoop.
One of the longest-tenured organisations in all of Dota 2, the Chinese team have always performed well at TI. Although, of the five teams on this list, they’re the only ones to have never won Dota 2’s biggest annual tournament.
4. Wings Gaming – $9,711,841
Wings Gaming has only participated in roughly around 20 Dota 2 tournaments and yet, find themselves ranked near the top among organisations with the highest Esports earnings of all time.
How is that so? Well, simply because, among many other things, they won the then record-setting The International 6 tournament back in 2016 where they made over $9,000,000 in a single tournament run.
Wings Gaming may not have enjoyed the same longevity on top of the competitive Dota 2 scene as the other teams on this list. However, their total earnings as an organisation in so little time is a testament to how lucrative a career in Dota 2 can be.
3. Newbee – $11,527,719
The third Chinese organisation on our list, a huge chunk of Newbee’s earnings come from them winning The International 4 back in 2014. That single run made them $5,025,029 richer. They have since followed that up with a 2nd-place finish at The International 2017, where they bagged $3,950,067.
To date, only Newbee and Natus Vincere are the only organisations to have ever played at a TI Grand Final more than once.
Consistently ranked as one of the top Dota 2 teams every year, Newbee, with their TI7 lineup intact, will have a chance to go for a third TI Grand Final and hopefully become the first to win TI twice.
2. Team Liquid – $13,677,097.50
Team Liquid has been so successful these past two years that it’s easy to forget that prior to picking up 5Jungz post-TI5, Team Liquid’s biggest achievement in Dota 2 was finishing in the Top 8 back in The International 4.
With Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi at the helm and the rest of the TI7 squad staying put, however, Team Liquid can put all of that firmly behind them and focus on becoming the first organisation to win TI twice and back-to-back at that.
1. Evil Geniuses – $14,540.047.05
Team Liquid may have made over $10 million by winning TI7, but that was still not enough for them to get past Evil Geniuses as the organisation with the highest Esports earnings of all time. This, despite Evil Geniuses underwhelming performance on the biggest Dota 2 stage of them all in Seattle earlier this year.
The International 2015 champions are the first Dota 2 team to earn over $10 million and are largely credited helping raise the level of competition in North America, changing the competitive landscape forever.
Just to give you an idea of how successful Evil Geniuses are in Dota 2, their earnings from winning TI5 and top 3 finishes at TI4 and TI6 are enough to give them a net worth roughly the same as the Number 5 team on our list.
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