A report has just been released by Online Betting Guide (OLBG), which examines the earnings of the top esports players in the industry. This resource examined a variety of data by country, game, and gender to determine where the majority of high-earners was coming from. But based on the findings presented, there is a massive gap between how much the top female professional gamers earn in comparison to males.
Delving into the details: To start, the report looks at the 100 highest earning players in the world of esports. How many of them do you think are women? None. Zero. Even more disturbing is a comparison of the top 100 female gamers’ earnings in comparison to male competitors. The 100 highest-earning male esports players made more than $192 million combined. In comparison, the top 100 highest-earning female esports players made a combined sum of $2.8 million. That’s a gap of nearly $190 million. The top males in esports are earning 6,863% more than the top female players. That is more disturbing than surprising.
Here’s a look at the highest-earning women in esports, individuals which we think deserve some real recognition and visibility:
- Scarlett – $349,455 in StarCraft II
- Liooon – $213,200 in Hearthstone
- HaganeNoTema – $122,717 in Attack on Titan Tribute Game
- Mystik – $122,000 in Halo: Reach
- Ricki Ortiz – $81,366 in Street Fighter V
- TINARAES – $63,475 in Fortnite
- Hafu – $63,467 in Teamfight Tactics
- Kasumi Chan – $55,000 in Dead or Alive 4
- xchocobars – $50,750 in Fortnite
- Sarah Lou – $50,000 in Dead or Alive 4
Whether or not these names are familiar to you, their earnings should illustrate how much this industry is dominated by men. We’d love to see more folks succeed in esports.