Following Vitality’s victory in ESL Pro League Season 16, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen has become the first professional CSGO player to surpass the $2 million mark in earnings. This cements dupreeh as the highest earning CSGO player after more than ten years of active competition. While there are other professional CSGO players nipping at his heels, dupreeh will always be able to say that he was the first player to surpass the $2 million mark.
After a difficult year for the organization, winning the ESL Pro League was a huge milestone for Team Vitality. In March, during the 15th season of the Pro League, Vitality crashed out of the tournament with a disappointing performance that left the team in 14th place. It hasn’t been a great year for the organization, but this victory has lined the team’s pockets with $200,000 in prize money and guaranteed them a spot in the BLAST World Finals and IEM Katowice 2023.
According to the statistics platform esportsearnings.com, dupreeh ranks 36th on the list of highest earning esports players of all time. It’s a lonely playing field for professional CSGO players, as out of the top fifty players, only four of them are CSGO esports competitors. Although dupreeh is at the top of the CSGO table, he is closely followed by players like Xyp9x, dev1ce and gla1ve. There is a big “imbalance” in the list, as all but two of the top 36 earners come from the Dota 2 scene.
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With this milestone, dupreeh also becomes the third highest earning eSports player in his home country of Denmark. It’s been a long road for dupreeh, whose career began in 2012, shortly after Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. His competitive peak came in 2018, when he snatched a whopping $729,550 in earnings. Between March 2018 and March 2019, dupreeh went on an absolute bender, securing win after win:
- DreamHack Masters Marseille 2018 ($100k)
- ESL Pro League Season 7 ($250k)
- Esports Championship Series S5 ($250k)
- ELEAGUE CSGO Premier 2018 ($500k)
- FACEIT Major: London 2018 ($500k)
- BLAST Pro Series: Istanbul 2018 ($125k)
- IEM XIII ($100k)
- Esports Championship Series S6 ($250k)
- ESL Pro League Season 8 ($250k)
- IGS Season 1 ($1,000,000)
- BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon 2018 ($125k)
- IEM Katowice 2019 ($500k)
- BLAST Pro Series: Sao Paulo 2019 ($125k)
It was one of the hottest streaks a CSGO player, or any esports player, has ever seen, and it cemented dupreeh as one of the best CSGO players in the world.
Although CSGO is considered one of the top three esports titles in the world, it doesn’t come with the biggest prize pools. At the top of the pile stands Dota 2, which boasts some of the largest prize pools in gaming. For instance, we’ve already mentioned The International in 2021, this legendary tournament came hand-in-hand with a $40 million prize pool. There’s also a space reserved for League of Legends at the top, but even LoL Worlds, the premier competition in the niche, only boasts a $2.25m prize pool.
Here are the highest-earning CSGO players behind dupreeh (as of October 2022):
- Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Hojsleth – $1.97m
- Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz – $1.92m
- Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander – $1.82m
- Alexander ‘s1mple’ Kostylev – $1.66m
- Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif – $1.6m
- Denis ‘electroNic’ Sharipov – $1.51m
- Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen – $1.32m
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