When it comes to esports success stories, Vancouver has the rest of Canada beat

Put down that math textbook

When it comes to Canadians pulling down big paycheques in the world of esports, Vancouver has an impressive bench of top-tier earners. According to a study just released by Gambling.com Canada ranks eighth in the world when it comes to total earnings of its esports athletes. Translated into dollars, American players pulled in a combined total of $110,326,780.53. China was second with $108,943,009.79, with Canada’s esports elites earning $27,824,589.94.

Making one wonder if there’s something in the West Coast water, four of the Great White North’s 10 most successful esports athletes come from Vancouver.

Artour “Arteezy” Babaev is the name to beat, having cashed cheques adding up to $2,257,053.21. Keeping things local, Keith “NAF” Markovic’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive earning’s have totalled $1,014,265.

If there’s a global case for getting your children to put down the math textbook and pick up the controller, it’s Denmark’s Johan “N0tail” Sundstein. Specializing in Dota 2, he’s amassed a staggering $6.96 million in winnings, making him top dog on the esports planet.

Finland’s Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka is sitting on a personal esports fortune of $6.4 million and counting. Australia’s Anathan “ana” Pham meanwhile has used his esports skills to pile up $6 million in earnings.

Here are some of the various findings. First off, let’s take a look at Canada’s esports elites.

And now top players from each country around the world.

Should you be looking to put down roots in a country with a booming esports scene, consider U.S.A., China, or Korea once this whole pandemic mess has sorted itself out. And don’t forget to look into a good financial advisor. Esports careers are notoriously short. You don’t want to spend a couple of years making more money that most of will pull down in a lifetime, only to end up broke at age 30 with no real life skills other than kicking ass at Fortnite, Overwatch, or Rocket League. The joystick giveth, but the joystick also taketh away.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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