Ranking best Fortnite players in 2022


In anticipation of one of the biggest Fortnite championships of the year with a prize pool of $1,000,000 where the best duos of the world will be fighting, it is worth remembering about ten players who have already demonstrated nice results this year. After the end of the year, this top might change and we will be able to tell you about its changes

All players of today’s top have earned a big sum of prize money at the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments. Some of them have become the best participants in the European events, while the other esportsmen have shown the best results in the American region.

10th place — David ‘Aqua’ Wang

Money earned in 2022: $171,950

The number of prize money in the whole career: $2,125,965

David Wang is a native of Austria. The esportsman became successful in 2019 when he had an incredible good. The career of the twenty-year-old player started in June 2019 and he participated in the biggest Fortnite in history, World Cup Finals – Duos with a prize pool of $15,100,000. He with his teammate nyhrox held 1st place and became the owner of the main reward of $1,500,000.

2 months later he placed 1st at Fortnite Champion Series Season X Grand Finals Europe 2019 where he made $160,000. He spent the next 2 years, not in the best way, and managed to rehabilitate in 2022. His brother-in-arms was the British Veno who will also appear in this top, and the Austrian together with him has become the champion of Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 2 Grand Finals Europe. The general prize pool of the event amounted to $1,362,500, and the main reward was equal to $300,000. This way, Aqua has earned $150,000 only for one tournament and he has won more than $170,000 of prize money. If we were talking about the players who have earned the biggest amount of money in their career, David Wang would place higher than 10th, however, since we are limited with the achievements made in 2022, his position is tenth on the list.

9th place — Shane ‘EpikWhale’ Cotton

Money earned in 2022: $194,725

The number of prize money in the whole career: $194,725

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The American esportsman Shane Cotton began his career in April 2019 and showed decent results in the professional arena in a month. He boosted his career thanks to third place at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo, the prize pool of which was equal to $15.287,500. He earned $1,200,000 for his results and was not able to achieve significant results for a long time until the middle of 2022. He achieved victories at various tournaments in the Fortnite professional league, however, he received the first big prize since the Fortnite World Cup 2022 only in July 2022.

EpikWhale took part in Gamers8 2022 with the leader of today’s top, Danila ‘Malibuca’ Yakovenko. This union allowed the duo to achieve nice results and the team held first place at the championship with a prize pool of $1,000,000. The winners earned the main reward of $250,000 for first place, which was split in half. In such a way, EpikWhale has earned $125,000 only at 1 tournament. Before this, Shane Cotton together with Malibuca placed 3rd at Gamers8 2022 Zero Build where earned $50,000 for a single esportsman. In 2022, EpikWhale has almost reached $195,000 of earned prize money, which puts him in the 9th place in our top.

8th place — Henrik ‘Hen’ Mclean

Money earned in 2022: $216,775

The number of prize money in the whole career: $666,688

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Henrik Mclean, a native of Great Britain and a member of the Guild Esports club, is the first on our list who opens the category of players who have grabbed more than $200,000 of prize money only in 2022. The esprotsman owes this to his teammate Queasy who will appear in this top 10 later. The duo of players participated in Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1 Grand Finals Europe. The player demonstrated a nice performance and held 1st place, having earned $300,000 for two teammates. It means that the above-mentioned tournament has brought $150,000 of prize money out of $216,775.

Later, this duet took part in the next European grand final of the Fortnite Champion Series tournament where they placed 8th and earned $40,000 for two. Gamers8 2022 is the last tournament, for now, this year where Hen has managed to earn some solid money. Together with all the same Queasy, he held the 5th place and earned $25,000 with his partner, after which they parted ways. Summing up all the above-mentioned events and many other small championships, in which Hen has taken part, Henrik Mclean has managed to win more than $215,000 in 2022, which puts him in the 8th place in the top 10 players who have performed the best this year.

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7th place — Zachariah ‘Pinq’ Siddall

Money earned in 2022: $221,150

The number of prize money in the whole career: $290,829

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Zachariah stands out among his colleagues at the top, considering the fact that his money earned in 2022 does not differ a lot from what he has earned in his entire career. The reason is his late start in his career. While the majority of players started their attempts on the international arena in 2019 before the start of Fortnite World Cup 2019 and earlier, Zachariah began his esports road in March 2020. The only significant achievement of the Brit in 2020 and 2021 was 3rd place at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 2 Season 7 Grand Finals Europe, for which he earned $45,000. Later, he placed 8th at another big tournament, Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1 Grand Finals Europe in March 2022 where he made $20,000.

His main achievement in his career and 2022 is the 1st place at Gamers8 2022 Zero Build together with the Dane Anas who has held the 6th place in our top. The main monetary reward was equal to $250,000, which was split by the players. After this performance, the duo guaranteed itself a spot in Gamers8 2022 Grand Final but played badly there and placed only 17th, earning the consolation prize in the form of $4,450. The achievements of Pinq and Anas were not over with this and the duo held 5th place at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals Europe and earned $100,000. Only at Gamers8 2022 Zero Build, the European grand final of Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 and Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1, the esportsman surpassed the sum of $195,000 earned in 2022. He has made $26,150 at other events. Due to this, Pinq has held 7th place in our top. By the way, he has earned $290,000 in his entire career, which is not much bigger than what he has achieved this year. The latest year has been successful for Zachariah.

6th place — Anas ‘Anas’ El-Abd

Money earned in 2022: $225,425

The number of prize money in the whole career: $535,275

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Anas El-Abd who is also the teammate who has helped Zachariah Siddall to succeed in 2022 has earned more than $535,000 in his career and half of this was earned over the last year. Together with Pinq, he placed 8th at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1 Grand Finals Europe ($20,000), 5th at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals Europe ($50,000), and also became the winner of Gamers8 2022 Zero Build. The main reward at the last event was equal to $250,000 and Anas received $125,000. We can stop on these three achievements, speaking about Anas, because he has performed pretty weakly at the rest of the events, despite earning $30,425 there.

5th place — Alexander ‘Vadeal’ Schlik

Money earned in 2022: $226,925

The number of prize money in the whole career: $449,920

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The remarkable thing is that compared to Anas, Vadeal earned more prize money in 2022 but less in his entire career. He almost achieved the sum of $450,000 during the time of his activity, while $226,925 was made in 2022. The German esportsman owes this to his teammate and countryman JannisZ who will also appear in our top. Together with him, he has achieved the main result of the year, the victory at Fortnite Champions Series Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals Europe. At this tournament with the prize pool of $1,362,500, the main reward amounted to a pretty big sum of $300,000, which was split by the Germans. Vadeal earned another big prize for 7th place at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1 Grand Finals Europe where the reward of the duo, consisting of Alexander Schlik and his teammate Rezon ay, was equal to $60,000 for two.

Vadeal’s career starts back in December 2019 and the German showed good results from time to time, however, Alexander Schlik has gained the best shape this year, and the best result was achieved in August 2022 when he placed 1st together with Jannisz, about which we were talking earlier. The $150,000 that he had earned there helped him not just to place 5th in the top of the most successful players in 2022 so far but almost to reach $450,00 of earned prize money in the career.

4th place — Jannis ‘JannisZ’ Matwin

Money earned in 2022: $243,825

The number of prize money in the whole career: $666,431

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Jannis’ career began in July 2019 when he joined Wave Esports. Playing under the tag of this club, he managed to prevail in his first solo performance at Fortnite Champion Series Invitational Grand Finals Europe 2020 in May 2020 and the main reward at the $600,000 tournament was equal to $120,000. Until 2022, that result was the best in the German’s career. The esportsman achieved victory at Fortnite Champions Series Chapter 2 Season 5 Grand Finals Europe in the following year and earned $100,000.

Like it was said earlier, he managed to achieve the best results in 2022 and he did so together with Vadeal who holds 5th place in our top. The German placed 3rd at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1 Grand Finals Europe and became the winner of Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 where the main prize was $300,000 for two. This has become the most serious achievement in his career. However, JannisZ has won $666,431 in his career and 2022 is definitely the most successful year in the career of the German esportsman because he has earned more than $240,000 in 2022.

3rd place — Harry ‘Venο’ Pearson

Money earned in 2022: $266,275

The number of prize money in the whole career: $428,175

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Harry Pearson began his road as a professional Fortnite player in 2020 and, despite playing on the stage in this discipline for 2 years and earning almost $430,000 of prize money, he has achieved the biggest success in 2022. The reason is the victory at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 2 Grand Finals Europe and the third place at the European grand final of the third season of the tournament. The triumph at C3S2 FNCS Grand Finals Europe brought him and Aqua $150,000, while the 3rd place at C3S3 FNCS Grand Finals Europe rewarded him and Queasy with prizes of $75,000.

The victory at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 2 Grand Finals Europe has undoubtedly become the best result in the Brit’s career and the top 2 is closed by Fortnite Champion Series All-Star Showdown Grand Finals Europe with the prize pool of $1,137,500. The esportsman has held 2nd place there and received $120,000 as a reward. This championship has become the best solo tournament in his career. If Harry Pearson makes it to Fortnite Champion Series Invitational 2022 and shows nice results there, the player will be able to surpass $500,000 of the earned prize money in the entire career and $350,000 earned in 2022.

2nd place — Aleksa ‘Queasy’ Cvetkovic

Money earned in 2022: $307,125

The number of prize money in the whole career: $609,210

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Aleksa Cvetkovic opens the category of Fortnite players on our list who have managed to earn more than $300,000 only in 2022. He has earned $609,210 in total and 2022 was a very lucky year for the Serbian esportsman, just as for many players here. His path as a professional Fortnite player started in August 2019 and the esportsman achieved success only 2 years later. He achieved victory at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 2 Season 6 Grand Finals Europe in the trio, including Queasy, TruleX, and Jur3ky. After this, he had not won for two years but the time for his victory at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 1 Grand Finals Europe came in March 2022. He was playing together with Hen who placed 8th in our top. The duo managed to prevail at the championship with a prize pool of $1,362,500 and earned the main reward of $300,000, which was split in half between two players. The victory at the tournament has become the most significant achievement in the Serbian player’s career.

Aleksa performed relatively successfully at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals Europe 5 months later and placed 3rd together with Veno, for which he received $75,000. The esportsman has earned $225,000 at these two tournaments. The other two tournaments where Queasy managed to get solid prizes were C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe и Gamers8 2022. Cvetkovic has earned $20,000 and $25,000, respectively.

1st place — Danila ‘Malibuca’ Yakovenko

Money earned in 2022: $388,200

The number of prize money in the whole career: $425,865

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The Serbian player who represents the interests of Nigma Galaxy is the closest to the sum of $400,000 earned in 2022. At the moment, his total earnings amount to $3988,200 in 2022. He received the majority of prize money for the victory at Gamers8 2022 together with the previously-mentioned EpikWhale who held the 9th place in our top. $1,000,000 was up for grabs at the tournament and each participant of the duo earned $125,000. Malibuca made another $100,000 for 2nd place at Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 Grand Finals, $60,000 at C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe, and $50,000 at Gamers8 2022 Zero Build.

Danila’s career began under the tag Luminox Esports in 2021. He was playing not on the best level during the first 15 months but the end of May 2022 marked the beginning of something interesting when he placed 4th at C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe. After this, the esportsman gained momentum and had a series of successful competitions, on the outcome of which he earned $388,200 in 2022 and the player will be able to overcome the sum of $400,000 and even $450,000 of prize money this year if he achieves a successful result at the upcoming Fortnite Champion Series: 2022 Invitational.



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