Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is one of the most popular eSports games in the gaming world. Since it was released in 2012, an estimated $114M in prize money has been awarded through thousands of tournaments. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the Top 5 CS:GO eSports players in total earnings are all from Denmark with combined career earnings of almost $9M.
Peter Rasmussen is Top CS:GO eSports PLayer in Total Earnings – $1.9M As of May 2021
CS:GO is one of the staple games of the eSports industry and attracts a loyal and sizable fanbase. The game was first released in 2012 and was voted as the “eSports Game of the Year” in 2016. Since then many eSports players have built a lucrative career around the game. As of May 2021, a gamer from Denmark known as ‘dupreeh’, real name Peter Rasmussen, is the top CS:GO eSports player in total earnings with $1.9M.
Notably, the next four players in the rankings, Xyp9x, dev1ce, gla1ve and Magisk, are also from Denmark. All these players have earned at least $1.5M in total earnings and combine for nearly $9M in total prize money won.
Biggest CS:GO Tournaments Award More Than $1M In Prize Money
As CS:GO grew in popularity, so did the prize money being awarded in tournaments both official and unofficial. As of May 2021, there have been an estimated 5668 official CS:GO eSports tournaments and an estimated $113.8M in prize money given out since the game’s release.
In 2016, CS:GO had its first-ever $1M tournament at the MLG Major Championship in Columbus, Ohio. Since then, the largest prize money ever awarded for a CS:GO eSports tournament has risen to $1.5M which was awarded at the WESG 2016 and 2017 tournaments.
Denmark Dominates CS:GO Top Earners Chart
Denmark is the leading country in terms of total prize money won from CS:GO with an estimated $16.8M in total prize money won. The United States is second on the list with $12M in total prize money won, while Sweden was the only other country to have more than $10M in total earnings from CS:GO.
Rex Pascual, eSports editor at Safe Betting Sites, commented;
“The Counter-Strike franchise is one of the pioneers of the online gaming world. Through this reputation, it has built itself a loyal fanbase, which has then translated into a strong eSports community. Despite CS:GO approaching a decade on the shelves, the game still remains one of the most popular in the eSports realm.”