The popularity of esports keeps growing every year and this sphere had been developing rapidly before the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result of the big pandemic, almost all championships stopped being hosted online. Sometime later, things became stable and the majority of tournament operators adapted to the situation and continue hosting championships with giant prize pools.
Fortnite events with a prize pool of more than $1,000,000 are hosted a few times a year. The best esportsmen have managed to earn a big sum of prize money at such tournaments. They have got universal recognition and many fans all over the world.
We will tell you about such individuals in the esports industry today. Some of them have even surpassed the sum of $1,000,000 earned in prize money and there are players who have made $2,000,000 and $3,000,000.
50th place — Duong ‘Kinstaar’ Huynh
Money earned for his career: $355,921
The Swiss esportsman is mostly famous for his performance for the team Solary. He does not have an impressive list of prestigious victories, however, he has achieved a few trophies. The best results in his career include the victory at Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 1 – Europe and the 23rd and 26th places at the biggest Fortnite championship. At Fortnite World Cup Finals Duos, he together with his teammate Hunter placed 23rd in the standings and earned $50,000, the esportsman held 26th place and received the same reward. In his career, the 22-year-old player has made $335,921. Duong decided to retire at the beginning of 2021.
49th place — River ‘Riversan’ Handley
Money earned for his career: $357,492
The American has not left too far from the above-mentioned Kinstaar. His story is similar to the Swiss esportsman’s career. Riversan has also been playing professionally for three years and is most famous for his performance in one team. River joined the ranks of Team Liquid in April 2019 and left the club almost 3 years later. There is only one tournament in his career, in which he has demonstrated a pretty decent result and earned a big part of the prize money in his career. This event was Fortnite World Cup Finals Solo. Riversan did his best at the biggest championship in the unusual discipline and placed 9th in the standings. This performance has guaranteed the player a reward of $300,000. Considering that River Handley has earned $357,492 for his career, we cannot but notice the impact of this event in the American’s general prize money — 84% of all rewards for his career. He was earning the rest 16% during three years and he failed to grab more than $5,000 at any tournament.
48th place — Alexandre ‘Andilex’ Christophe
Money earned for his career: $359,224
Previous representatives of the list of the best Fortnite players stood out among their opponents with the help of achievement at Fortnite World Cup 2019, the prize pool of which was more than $30,000,000, the French player shows the opposite tendency. He had a long and tough run for a big sum of prize money and demonstrated good results at many tournaments, which allowed him to earn more than $30,000, $35,000, and $40,000 of prize money at once many times. The 4th place at C2S5: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe and Gamers8 2022 where he earned $40,000 and $37,500, respectively, can be called his best achievements. Together with nayte, he achieved victory at FNCS: Chapter 2 Season 2 – Grand Finals: Europe where he made $35,000. The French was playing under the colors of DualMedia Esports, MCES, and Falcons but he achieved the biggest results under the tag MCES.
47th place — Kirill ‘Kiryache32’ Grishin
Money earned for his career: $361,612
Kirill Grishin, a native of Russia, started his career under the tag Vaevictis Esports in 2018. Later, he played in Virtus.pro, LootBoy Esports but he has been playing on the roster of Mind Games since March 2022. Grishin can mainly boast of two solid achievements. Together with the Ukrainian stormyrite and his countryman Toose, he achieved victory at C2S7: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe where the player earned $100,000, and also placed 2nd at C3S1: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe with the Ukrainian player. He also made $100,000 for the silver prize. He has earned $361,612 for his career, $100,000 of which has already been made in 2022.
46th place — Sebastian ‘Trippernn’ Sommer Kjaer
Money earned for his career: $366,160
Christian began his road as a professional Fortnite player in 2018 but he has achieved high results only in 2022, except for C2S7: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe where he held 2nd place and received $70,000 in 2021. In 2022, the Dane managed to earn $200,000 of prize money and Sebastian has put $366,160 in his pocket for his career. This year, Trippernn has placed 2nd at Gamers8 2022 – Zero Build and entered the top three at C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe. He earned $75,000 at both events.
45th place — Noam ‘Megga’ Ackenine
Money earned for his career: $382,775 вв
2022 was pretty unsuccessful for the American player. The ex-representative of FaZe Clan has made only $1,400 this year. However, he has earned more than $380,000 in prize money for his career. The reason for it is the Fortnite tournaments that were hosted in 2019. At the duo event, he held 7th place with his teammate Dubs and won $197,500 but he was less lucky at the solo tournament. Being one of 100 players, he was not able to reach the top 60 and finished his path 62nd, for which he received a consolation prize of $50,000, just like the rest of the participants of Fortnite World Cup FInals Solo who held 21st-100th place. Noam’s total sum of earned prizes is equal to $382,755.
44th place — Dennis ‘Cloakzy’ Lepore
Money earned for his career: $392,625
The 27-year-old Fortnite fan did not just turn his hobby into a profession for some time but he has managed to achieve good results and earn a lot of prizes. Unlike many representatives of the list of the best players, Cloakzy’s career lasted from 2018 to 2019 and it did not stop him from earning almost $400,000 in such a short period of time. No, the infamous Fortnite World Cup 2019 is not a reason. The reason for Cloakzy’s success was a victory at Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 6 – TwitchCon Finals, the championship with a prize pool of $1,942,500. With his teammate Tfue who will appear in this top later, the American placed 1st and won $255,000. In total, Dennis Lepore has made $392,625.
43rd place — Nate ‘Nate Hill’ Hill
Money earned for his career: $406,435
The 28-year-old Nate Hill began a career as a professional Fortnite player under the tag of FaZe Clan in 2018. Just like many esportsmen from this list, he has spent his entire career in one esports club. The remarkable thing is that Nate Hill is the first player on our list who has managed to earn more than $400,000 of prize money. He owes this to two championships that were the most successful and profitable in his career. He held 4th place at Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 8 @ PAX West and became the silver medalist at Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 6 – TwitchCon Finals. The first event was for solo players and Nate Hill made $120,000 there. The second event was hosted for duos. Together with his teammate FunkBomb, Hill was one step away from victory and the esportsman earned $127,500 for 2nd place.
42nd place — Matthew ‘Mero’ Faitel
Money earned for his career: $420,633
Matthew is a young player who started a career as a professional esportsman playing at the Fortnite arena when he was 16. Unlike many representatives of this list, Faitel changed the team, under the tag of which he was playing, many times, and the legendary Bugha, about whom we will talk at the very end of the material, was one of his main teammates over the past year. Together with Bugha, he has managed to achieve the main result of his career, the victory at FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – NAE, the tournament with a prize pool of $1,055,250. The esportsman earned $95,000 for his efforts. At other championships, he made $50,000, $35,000, $65,000, $45,000, etc. There are no events in his career where he made a few thousand dollars, however, he earned $420,633 in 3 years of his career, which is pretty praiseworthy.
41st place — Harry ‘veno’ Pearson
Money earned for his career: $430,875
Harry Pearson has a 3-year career. He was playing for five teams during this period: 4Elements Esports, OtterWorld Esport, Glorious Esport, Falcons Esports, and Tundra Esports. The 17-year-old Harry began his path as a professional Fortnite player in 2020 and he placed 2nd at FNCS: All-Star Showdown – Grand Finals: Europe being 16 in the middle of 2021 where he earned his first big prize of $120,000. In May 2022, he raised the cup of C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe over his head together with one of the legendary players, Aqua, and made $150,000. Veno achieved some positive results in August 2022. Playing with Queasy, he became the bronze medalist of C3S3: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe, and his efforts were paid off in the form of $75,000. For his career, Pearson has made more than $430,000 of prize money, which is a pretty impressive result for the 17-year-old player.
40th place — Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen
Money earned for his career: $433,533
DreamHack Anaheim 2020 is the only tournament, at which the Norwegian esportsman Martin Andersen can boast of victory. He earned $30,000 there. Other significant achievements include 2nd place at C2S6: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe where the reward amounted to $70,000 and, also, 29th place at Fortnite World Cup Finals – Solo and 14th place at Fortnite World Cup Finals – Duos. The Norwegian received $50,000 for both results at Fornite World Cup Finals 2019. But his score includes other achievements, which can’t be compared to the above-mentioned ones, however, it did not stop him from making more than $430,000 of prize money. The 18-year-old player’s career began in 2018 and he has already played for 4 different teams: Public Enemy, NRG Esports, 100 Thieves, and Become Legends. The Fortnite fan achieved success being minor, which can’t be called a rare event nowadays but is also praiseworthy.
39th place — Josh ‘Commandment’ Roach
Money earned for his career: $437,042
Josh Roach is famous as a player of one team, TSM, and started his road to the top of the esports Olympus in April 2019. 3 months later, he participated in the solo tournament at Fornite World Cup Finals 2019 and entered the top 20 participants of the event. He was the first to leave the category of players who placed 21st-100th and had to earn $50,000 for their efforts. In this way, Commandment made $112,500 at one event almost at the very beginning of his career, which gave him a good start and motivation to continue his career. However, he had to enjoy the results that hardly pleased till March 2021, and the American together with Cented and Edgey placed 2nd at C2S5: FNCS – Grand Finals: NA East, for which he made $35,000. Previously, being in this trio, he held 2nd place at C2S4: FNCS – Grand Finals: NA East but the reward was just equal to $17,000. The player held prize places at a row of events later and his overall earnings have surpassed $430,000.
38th place — Alexandr ‘Vadeal’ Schlik
Money earned for his career: $449,740
The German esportsman with not the most German name and surname has earned more than $430,000 and he mainly owes this result to C3S4: Elite Cup Finals – Week 2: Europe, which took place in August. His alliance with another famous Fortnite player, JannisZ, was effective and the duo held 1st place, having made $300,000 for two. This year, Vadeal surpassed the sum of $220,000. The other events, in which he performed well, were a few tournaments in the Fortnite Champion Series where he earned dozens of thousands of dollars. In such a way, he has almost reached the sum of $450,000 in prize money. He will definitely win his first half a million dollars of prizes.
37th place — Anthony ‘ZexRow’ Colandro
Money earned for his career: $461,768
The 26-year-old American has proved that it is never too late to start. The majority of Fortnite players were below 20 years old but ZexRow’s career began when he was 22 and he achieved good results at the very beginning of it. Having taken part in Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 6 – TwitchCon Finals together with Vinny1x, he managed to make it pretty far and enter the top 3 participants of the tournament, Having become the bronze medalist, ZexRow received a reward of $107,500, which guaranteed him high motivation to continue moving forward. In 2019, he participated in the biggest championship for duos with his fellow teammate Vinny1x and placed 9th at Fortnite World Cup Finals – Duos, for which he got $112,500. Perhaps, this result did not satisfy the players, and their ways parted for some time. In September 2019, ZexRow made another $100,000 but this time, thanks to the victory at FNCS: Season X – Grand Finals: NA East together with three teammates. 3 years have passed since this moment but he still can’t show decent results, which could be compared to the above-mentioned achievements. Anthony did not earn a cent in 2021 and 2022 but he said nothing about his retirement. We might see his performance later. He has earned more than $460,000 in prize money for his entire career.
36th place — Maciej ‘Teeq’ Radzio
Money earned for his career: $476,155
Maciej Radzio is the first Pole on our list of the most successful Fortnite players. Unlike many players, the esportsman began his road of a professional Fortnite player in 2017. 4 years later, he played at two tournaments pretty successfully and earned $250,000 in prize money. Together with his countrymen Kami and Setty, he managed to place first at C2S8: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe and second at FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – EU. The esportsman has earned $100,000 and $150,000, respectively, for the team of three players at these tournaments. He held prize places in the past and achieved victories in less important tournaments, making dozens of thousands of dollars. He has made more than $475,000 on the outcome of his entire career.
35th place — Danny ‘Dubs’ Paul Walsh
Money earned for his career: $490,617
Daniel Paul Walsh started his career as a professional Fortnite player when he was 15. In the summer of 2019, he took part in the biggest Fortnite tournament with Megga and held 7th place there. Every teammate earned $187,500. He made it to the top 15 players of the solo tournament Fornite World Cup Finals on the following day and placed 15th. He earned an additional $150,000 for this achievement. In such a way, the esportsman grabbed more than $300,000 of prize money, which motivated him to continue playing Fortnite. After this, he participated in various tournaments many times but he failed to achieve decent results. During this period, he almost reached the sum of $500,000 of earned prizes, stopping at $490,000+.
34th place — Brendan ‘Falconer’ Falconer
Money earned for his career: $492,150
Brendan ‘Falconer’ Falconer is the last player in the $400,000 category on our list. His career is similar to a comet flying near the Earth. He shined bright, telling everyone about him, and went out quickly if it can be compared. He earned the major part of his prize earnings at Fornite World Cup Finals Duos 2019 with his countryman, Arkhram. The American managed to demonstrate a nice performance and placed fifth in the standings, due to which he made $450,000 of prize money After this tournament, Brendan’s biggest achievement was 2nd place at C2S7: FNCS – Grand Finals: North America West where he won $11,500. He tried to enter the list of 34 players who have managed to make more than $500,000 in 2022 but the result was from desired and Brendan earned only $5,100 this year
33rd place — Anas ‘Anas’ El-Abd
Money earned for his career: $535,575
Anas El-Abd who lives in Denmark began his path at the world Fortnite arena in 2019. He is one of the very few players in this discipline who is not just active but stays in good gaming shape and managed to earn $225,725 in 2022. By the way, he achieved the best result of his career and earned the biggest winnings of $125,000 in July 2022. He came to such a success due to the victory at Gamers8 2022 Zero Build together with the British esportsman Pinq. With his alliance, he made it to the final and prevailed in the final match of the tournament for duos. Compared to his colleagues, the Dane stands out with his stable performance. The majority of tournaments were not the most successful for him in 2021 but he regularly put money in his pocket. By holding various prize (and not only) places, he earned tens of thousands of dollars. In such a way, Anas El-Abd made more than $535,575 in 3 years, due to which the Danish esportsman placed 33rd on our list.
32nd place — Danila ‘Malibuca’ Yakovenko
Money earned for his career: $512,965
Danila Yakovenko, a citizen of Serbia, has recently appeared in another material dedicated to the best Fortnite players in the world. We said there that Malibuca earned the biggest sum of money in 2022. Despite it being before the start of FNCS: Invitational 2022 with a prize pool of $1,000,000, however, the situation is still the same. The esportsman keeps being the best player in terms of money earned in 2022. He made more than $476,300 this year. As for the 17-year-old video game fan, this result is pretty good, to say the least. He has earned $512,965 for his career, which brought him 32nd place. By the way, he has become the first player on our list who entered the half-a-million section.
31st place — Terney ‘Tfue’ Ellis Tenney
Money earned for his career: $541,033
Terney ‘Tfue’ Ellis Tenney is probably one of the most famous Fortnite players of the past years. His career path was mainly active in 2018 and 2019. During this period, the player of FaZe Clan participated in many championships and earned a whole fortune by playing this unusual esports discipline. His main achievement is the victory at Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 6 – TwitchCon Finals together with Cloak. The triumph brought $255,000 for each of the two players. After this, the representative of FaZe Clan seemed to be not that motivated and he decided to take a break in his career, which is still ongoing, after performing at a few events. He has been officially inactive in FaZe Clan since August 2020 but the player managed to earn almost $4,000 in 2022. In total, the esportsman has won more than $540,000 of prize money for his career.
30th place — Nathan ‘Nayte’ Berquignol
Money earned for his career: $550,249
The category $550,000+ is opened by the French Nathan Berquignol who retired in February 2022. Nathan started his career as a professional Fortnite player in 2019 and took part in the solo tournament Fortnite World Cup 2019 where he placed 8th and earned $375,000. This result apparently had a positive impact on his motivation to continue playing and he was performing at a high level until 2019. Later, he held 2nd place at C2S1: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe and also prevailed at FNCS: Chapter 2 Season 2 – Grand Finals: Europe, and entered the top 3 participants at C2S6: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe in May 2021. This result allowed him to earn $30,000, $35,000, and $45,000, respectively. Despite the French earning only $400 this year, the esportsman’s name is written in the history of the professional Fortnite scene where the player has entered the top 30 richest esportsmen. He has earned $550,240 for his career, about which not every Fortnite fan who has significant experience playing at the international level can boast.
29th place — Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ David Fish
Money earned for his career: $571,466
Benjy David Fish who has already retired started his path as a professional player being 15 years old. In 2018, he began his first attempts but luck smiled on him only in 2019 and the British player’s efforts started paying off. Benjy David Fish played successfully at a row of championships in 2019 where regularly placed 1st and 2nd together with his teammates Mongraal and Mitr0. He managed to become the silver medalist at FNCS: Season X – Week 1: Europe and FNCS: Season X – Week 3: Europe, the trio of the esportsmen became the champions at FNCS: Season X – Week 2: Europe, FNCS: Season X – Week 4: Europe, and FNCS: Season X – Week 5: Europe. In a couple of months of stable performances, the Brit has made more than $120,000. The victory at FNCS: Invitational – Week 2: Europe can be called the main achievement in his career for a reason where the reward was equal to $50,000. There are no extremely loud results in Benjyfishy’s career like the top 20 at the Fortnite World Cup or a victory in the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments with a prize pool of $1,000,000+, however, the esportsman’s perseverance allowed him to make more than $570,000, which is achieved by very few fans of this game. Benjy retired in 18 years with the experience, which reflects his high gaming level in the past, and the esportsman’s name has entered the history of the professional Fortnite scene.
28th place — Klaus ‘Stompy’ Konstanzer
Money earned for his career: $603,919
Many fans of the professional Fortnite game remember the Austrian Klaus Konstanzer as a player who entered the top 15 participants of the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo. Besides, he proceeded to the top 25 duos fighting at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos. He earned $50,000 for his efforts at the last one but the solo performance allowed the Australian esportsman to make 3 times more money. The success of the 18-year-old player (at that moment) was not over. A few months later, he achieved victory at two tournaments of the Fortnite Champion Series, namely, FNCS: Season X – Week 3: Europe and FNCS: Season X – Grand Finals: Europe. He received rewards of $32,000 and $160,000. In such a way, the 18-year-old esportsman made $400,000 in less than 2 months, considering other events. Klaus earned twice less in the rest of his career than in these 2 months. In total, he won $603,919 of prizes, due to which the Austrian placed 28th on our list. On October 15. Stompy achieved victory at C3S4: Elite Cup Finals – Week 3: Europe where he earned $5,000. Yes, the prize leaves much more to be desired but we see the activity of the esportsman and he will reach the sum of $700,000. By the way, Klaus has become the first one in the category of players who earned more than $600,000 in our top.
27th place — Aleksa ‘Queasy’ Cvetkovic
Money earned for his career: $614,610
The Serbian player Aleksa Cvetkovic, unlike his forerunners, started the path of a professional Fortnite player in 2019 but the majority of his results were achieved in the last 2 years. He made more than half of his winnings, which he earned in his career, in 2022. Queasy showed the best performance at the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments where he achieved victories in May 2021 and May 2022, having won $100,000 and $150,000, respectively. He placed 3rd and earned $90,000 and $75,000 at the championships in the same series in November 2021 and August 2022, which was a strong boost for his earnings. In total, Aleksa has earned more than $610,000 and almost reached the top 25 most successful Fortnite players. In the future, he will be able to catch up and secure a slot not just in the top 25 but the top 20.
26th place — Timothy ‘Bizzle’ Miller
Money earned for his career: $630,495
The American esportsman Timothy Miller began his career in 2018 and was playing only for two clubs: Ghost Gaming and FaZe Clan. Being in the ranks of Ghost Gaming, he played at Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 8 @ PAX West where the player held 2nd place and received $180,000 as a reward. Before this, he had held the same place twice at other tournaments in the same series. Later, he also demonstrated good results sometimes but he was not able to achieve the same success. This performance allowed the Fortnite player to make $630,495 in his career and he had the best times from July to October 2018. The last 2 years of Bizzle’s life as a player were not far from the best, however, he has not retired yet, so there is a chance that Bizzle will stand out in the international Fortnite arena. However, Timothy Miller almost made it to the top 25 most successful players in this discipline, which can be called a good achievement for the 24-year-old esportsman.
25th place — Iwo ‘Setty’ Zajac
Money earned for his career: $632,495
The Polish esportman has placed 25th because he earned more than $630,000 in his career. He earned the major part of the prize money due to his victory at C2S8: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe and FNCS: Invitational 2022, and also second place at FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – EU. The most interesting thing is that Iwo has earned $100,000 for the victories at the first two but the esportsman has made $150,000 for the silver prize at NFCS 2021 Grand Royale EU. In 2022, Iwo Zajac managed to win almost $270,000 of prize money and he has overcome the sum of $630,000 in his entire career. By the way, his road began in 2018 and Iwo has played for a few teams since the start of his career, including Vex.esport, Grom.F1rst, 300 Spartans, Spectrum ESC, and Become Legends. The remarkable thing is that the Polish player demonstrates the best results in team modes. The only solo tournament, in which he showed a decent result, was DreamHack Summer 2022: Battle Royale – Final but he earned only $12,000 for the victory at the event, which is small enough, compared to the above-mentioned championships.
24th place — Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson
Money earned for his career: $665,825
The British Kyle Jackson showed his top achievements in the middle of 2019. Despite his career starting in April 2018, he managed to achieve the biggest result at the biggest Fortnite championship, World Cup Finals. The remarkable thing is that he achieved the highest result both in the duo and solo format. Together with his Dutch teammate Mitr0, he made it to the top 6 participants of Fortnite World Cup Finals Duos, for which he received $225,000, and he entered the top 15 in the solo mode, holding 13th place. This performance allowed the player to earn $150,000. After this, his esports run continued, he achieved victories many times and placed 2nd at the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments in 2019-2022 making dozens of thousands of dollars. Kyle has earned more than $665,000. The remarkable thing is he had done it before he became mature. Since 2021, he has paused his activity as a player, however, he still has a contract signed with FaZe Clan and he has not stated about his retirement. It means that Mongraal will appear in the international arena once again, which means that he can overcome the sum of $700,00 of earned winnings.
23rd place — Henrik ‘Hen’ Mclean
Money earned for his career: $666,688
Henrik Mclean is still active on the Fortnite stage, despite starting his career in 2019. The British player is a pretty rare case when you achieve success only after trying hard for years. The 17-year-old esportsman began playing competitively when he was 14. At age 15, he with his teammates JannisZ and chapix who have also been mentioned in our top players managed to prevail at C2S5: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe with a prize pool of $1,347,000. For their efforts, each member of the winning team, including Henrick Mclean, made $100,000, which was a starting point for Hen’s success and his motivation has become even stronger since then. Henrick’s efforts were not in vain and he prevailed at Fortnite Champion Series: 2021 Grand Royale – Europe with a prize pool of $2,250,300 in November 2021 where his prize was equal to $200,000. 4 months later, Hen achieved victory at the championship for duos. Having teamed up with Queasy, he placed first at C3S1: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe and received a prize of $150,000. In such a way, he managed to earn more than $500,000 in a year, while the earnings for his entire career amounted to $666,688. Now, Mclean is listed on the roster of Guild Esports and keeps succeeding together with Queasy. He might even enter the top 20 Fortnite players soon.
22nd place — Jannis ‘JannisZ’ Matwin
Money earned for his career: $666,881
The German esportsman Jannis Matwin is famous to professional Fortnite fans as the champion of FNCS: Invitational – Grand Finals: Europe, C2S5: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe, and C3S3: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe. He earned $370,000 at these three tournaments. The latest year was also very successful for JannisZ, which allowed him to make almost a quarter of a million dollars over the past 11 months. He started playing with Vadeal a year ago and, as the practice shows, the German duo might achieve new heights. Now, Jannis has a contract with Wave Esports and the partnership between Wave Esports and Guild Esports has left behind the German player. If he continues his esports road in such a manner, he will make it to the twenty-best Fortnite players in the nearest future.
21st place — Michal ‘Kami’ Kaminski
Money earned for his career: $687,220
Michal Kaminski has already been mentioned in our article when we were talking about his countrymen and teammates Teeq and Setty. This trio and the duo of Kami and Setty allowed the Polish Fortnite fan to achieve victory at C2S8: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe and the recently finished FNCS: Invitational 2022. In both cases, the Pole earned $100,000, however, this result can’t be called the most profitable in his career. Kami showed a more successful performance in terms of financial income at Fortnite Champion Series: 2021 Grand Royale – Europe. He held 2nd place but earned $150,000 for it. Besides the above-mentioned events, Kami held prize places at other championships many times, making dozens of thousands of dollars. All of this helped him to get extremely close to the top twenty Fortnite players. Besides, he earned more than $270,675 in 2022, which deserves big respect. We are confident that Kami will achieve the desired sum of $700,000 in prize money in the nearest future or even this year.
20th place — Moussa ‘Chapix’ Faour
Money earned for his career: $693,179
The top 20 best and most successful Fortnite players are opened by the Swedish 18-year-old player Moussa Faour. The native of Sweden reached the peak of his career a year ago when he was fighting together with Hen and TaySon and achieved victory at Fortnite Champion Series: 2021 Grand Royale – Europe with a prize pool of $2,250,300. It made him $250,000 richer. A half a year later, Chapix placed 2nd at C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe with TaySon where he received $100,000 for his efforts. Fortnite World Cup Finals Duos and Gamers8 2022 were other events worth noting where the Swede proved himself. In the first case, he placed 22nd with the help of his countryman crue but Chapix together with the Romanian zAndy held 2nd place at the second event. Moussa Faour made $50,000 and $75,000 at the above-mentioned championships for his efforts, respectively. The Swede is $7,000 away from being one of the very few players who managed to earn more than $700,000 for the entire career. Only 19 players from all over the world have already made it. We will talk further about them. In a conclusion, it is worth mentioning that Moussa is one of the very few esportsmen who demonstrates interesting results every year, except for 2020.
19th place — Theo ‘crue’ Ferrer
Money earned for his career: $707,480
The Swedish esportsman finished his career two years ago. He was active on the professional Fortnite stage for less than a year, however, it did not stop him from earning a solid sum of prize money and retiring being one of the very few who managed to get more than $700,000 in winnings. The reason is the Fornite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos and Solo. He played the duo mode together with his countryman Moussa ‘Chapix’ Faour, whom we have told about him earlier. This duo managed to show some beautiful moments and was remembered by viewers of the event, however, the team failed to reach the top 20. The team finished 22nd and made $50,000 for each player. But Crue demonstrated a master class in the solo mode of Fornite World Cup Finals 2019. He made it to the top ten there and was one step away from getting into the top five. Having placed sixth at the event, he earned a big piece of prize money in the sum of $600,000. After this, he was playing on the professional stage for a few months and Crue decided to retire as a professional Fortnite player after his victory at the May tournament where the main prize was equal to $5,000. He has earned $707,480 in winnings for his career.
18th place — Diego ‘Arkhram’ Lima
Money earned for his career: $731,092
Diego has achieved more than one and even more victories at the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments. However, due to him being a representative of the American stage where not that much prize money is up for grabs, his earnings leave much more to be desired. In the best case, Arkhram earned $35,000 for a victory at an event. But the Fornite World Cup 2019 Duos was a nice opportunity to earn prize money at the very beginning of his career. Together with his teammate and countryman Falconer, he made it to the top 5 and placed 5th in the standings, which guaranteed each member of the team $450,000 for their efforts. The player’s motivation was pretty high for a long time but he decided to retire as a professional Fortnite gamer at the end of the summer of 2022. For his entire career, he has earned $731,092, and, being the champion of a few big Fortnite tournaments, the American has retired and managed to write his name in the history of the professional scene in this unusual discipline.
17th place — Thomas ‘Th0masHD’ Høxbro Davidsen
Money earned for his career: $760,013
The 20-year-old Dane Thomas Høxbro Davidsen was coming to success persistently enough. He is one of the few players who were not able to achieve a single victory at any significant tournament in his career but, despite this, he has earned $760,000. Th0masHD is like Sumail in the Fortnite world. Sumail is famous for placing third in Dota 2 tournaments frequently but his Danish protege can be called the king of third places in Fortnite for sure. He became the bronze medalist at four Fortnite Champion Series tournaments. He succeeded to do so in November 2020, and 2021, and also in March and May 2022. He made $265,000 at these four championships. His score also includes 2nd place at one of such events and he placed 4th three times. Th0masHD’s least successful performance at the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments was 6th and 9th place but he earned $40,000 and $30,000, respectively, even in these cases. Now, he plays for the Danish club Astralis and he only lacks one thing to retire peacefully is a victory at one of such tournaments. Thomas can have a rest after this.
16th place — Dmitri ‘Mitr0’ Van de Vrie
Money earned for his career: $765,288
Dmitri Van de Vrie continues the list of the most successful Fortnite players who have already retired. Mitr0 can be called one of the most successful representatives of the professional Fortnite scene ever. He achieved victory at four Fortnite Summer Skirmish tournaments and four Fortnite Champion Series tournaments. Besides, he succeeded at Fornite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos together with the British player Mongraal who placed 24 in our top. The 6th place brought the duo $550,000 for two and $225,00 for each player, respectively. The native of the Netherlands earned $765,288 in total and retired from the professional Fortnite scene in September this year. He was playing under the tag Team Atlantis from July 2018 to September 2019, after that he was representing the interests of Team Liquid from January 2020 to September 2022.
15th place — Clément ‘Skite’ Danglot
Money earned for his career: $847,072
The French player Clement Danglot who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on November 23 began his career in the middle of 2018. Before the start of the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019, he earned more than $100,000 with great efforts, however, his participation in the above-mentioned event changed his situation both in the international arena and financially. The Fortnite fan played in the Duos mode together with the Swiss Vato and placed 10th at the tournament, which rewarded the esportsmen with $112,500 per person. And he had a big success at the solo tournament. The French entered the top 10 and held the seventh position. This result allowed him to earn a reward of $525,000. However, this result did not motivate him to continue playing at a high level and Clement could not show decent results after 2nd and 3rd place at the Fortnite Champion Series tournaments in August and December 2019. He took part in championships in the upcoming two years but he failed to achieve the past glory. It was the reason why Clement decided to retire and have a rest. However, he has earned almost $850,000, which allowed him to place 15th in our rating and open the category of Fortnite players who have earned more than $800,00 of prize money.
14th place — Tai ‘TaySon’ Starčič
Money earned for his career: $898,819
The 18-year-old Tai Starcic has lacked only $1,181 of earned prize money to enter the category of esportsmen who earned the desired $900,000 in Fortnite. Starcic managed to perform successfully at various tournaments in this unusual esports discipline many times. Two main achievements in TaySon’s career include the victories at FNCS: All-Star Showdown – Grand Finals: Europe and FNCS: 2021 Grand Royale – EU where he received $150,000 and $200,000 as a reward, respectively. The third place in terms of earnings is held by the silver medal at C3S2: FNCS – Grand Finals: Europe where he made $100,000 together with Chapix. The last championship with a solid result was Gamers8 2022 where he was playing with Th0masHD who has already been mentioned in our top. He placed 6th and earned $20,000 for each player. Now, Tai Starcic plays under the tag Team Falcons and we do not doubt that TaySon will soon beat the threshold of $900,000 in prize money and he might even enter the list of Fortnite millionaires in the upcoming year.
13th place — Hayden ‘Elevate’ Krueger
Money earned for his career: $973,650
Hayden Krueger from Canada was the first player on the list who surpassed the sum of $900,000 in prize money. He is $22,550 away from entering the category of millionaires but he is unlikely to achieve this. The reason is his retirement. Elevate’s years of activity are 2018-2020. The Canadian is mostly a player of one tournament, except for a couple of not the most important events. To take part in Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos, the Canadian united with the American player Ceice who placed 11th on our list and held 3rd place at the biggest tournament for duos. This result allowed them to earn $900,000. Hayden’s motivation to play professionally and his skills declined. Right after Fornite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos, he held 2nd place at the following event but the esportsman had a series of failed tournaments after that. The Canadian was not able to advance higher than 7th place and his motivation and results were becoming lower and lower, and the income from tournaments was rarely more than $1,000. “Why should I participate in tournaments if I can’t earn well?” — Elevate thought logically, having compared the results with his performance at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos and announced his retirement.
12th place — Thiago ‘K1nG’ Lapp
Money earned for his career: $1,037,550
The Argentinian player Thiago Lapp has become the first player on our list of the most successful Fortnite players who surpassed the desired $1,000,000 mark in prize money for his entire career. Just like the above-mentioned Elevate, K1nG earned the major part of his winnings at one tournament. He demonstrated an incredible performance at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo and reached the top 5 players. Having held 5th place, the esportsman guaranteed himself a prize of $900,000. At the same time, he took part in the duo mode together with his countryman xOwN. Unfortunately for K1nG, the Alliance with xOwN was not as successful as he would like it to be and the 39th place brought $50,000 for each player. After this, Thiago’s most successful tournament was C2S6: FNCS – Grand Finals: Brazil but he received only $25,000 only for first place. The remarkable thing is that Lapp is still not going to leave the professional scene and keeps playing at the international level. Probably, it is all about his age and the age of 17 is a nice opportunity not just to spend time in Fortnite with pleasure and benefit but to earn as much as possible now. The Argentinian has a contract signed with FaZe Clan and the sum of his earned prize money amounts to $1,037,550 at the moment.
11th place — Davis ‘Ceice’ McClellan
Money earned for his career: $1,130,210
Davis McClellan is a player of one tournament like almost all esportsmen who have entered the top 10 most successful and richest representatives of the Fortnite scene. He started his career as a professional player under the tag Gankstars in April 2018 and moved to 100 Thieves in February 2019. In July 2019, he successfully participated in the tournament Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 for duos, and his teammate Elevate helped the esportsman to make $900,000 by placing 3rd at the event. In the solo mode, Ceice was not able to achieve the same results and held 60th place earning the minimum prize of $50,000. In September 2019, he held 2nd place at the Fortnite Champion Series tournament, after which his career declined and he was not able to show something decent for the last 2 years. In 2022, he earned only $5,625 and he made $1,130,235 in total by taking part in various events. He earned $950,000 of them at Fortnite World Cup Finals and the rest $80,235 were grabbed at other events. However, the American has not announced his retirement, so we might see him shine bright in the future.
10th place — Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales
Money earned for his career: $1,157,000
Rocco Morales has demonstrated an interesting path on the professional scene. He started his career in 2018 and placed 1st at Fortnite Summer Skirmish in July where he earned his first $30,000 for a victory. The next triumph was in February 2019. He made another $48,000 in the solo mode in February 2019 and achieved victory at ESL Katowice Duos 3 weeks later and earned $40,000. He received more than $100,000 in prize money at the moment, this result could not be compared to his performance at Fortnite World Cup FInals 2019 Duos. Saf was playing together with Zayt at the championship and placed 4th, due to which both players earned $750,000. After the main tournament in Fortnite history, the American won various tournaments 3 times and lost motivation in 2021, after which he retired. In total, he has managed to earn $1,157,000 in prize money and his career has passed under the colors of Ghost Gaming, TSM, and TrainHard Esport.
9th place — Williams ‘Zayt’ Aubin
Money earned for his career: $1,160,275
The story of Zayt’s career reminds what we could see in Saf’s case. Besides, Williams Aubin held 4th place at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos together with Saf where he earned $750,000. The other remarkable tournaments, in which Zayt made pretty good prize money, were Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 2 – North America, Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 3 – North America, and ESL Katowice Royale – International Edition: Duos. The esportsman received prizes of $30,000-$40,000 at each of them, which is pretty good. At the rest of the tournaments, he earned even less and he has not attended a single tournament since March 2021. The esportsman has not announced his retirement, however, the contract with NRG Esports is still active. Considering that the Canadian has not been playing at tournaments for more than a year and a half, it is unlikely that we will see him on the stage again. He has made $1,160,275 in prize money for his career.
8th place — Dave ‘Rojo’ Jong
Money earned for his career: $1,184,403
The Dutch player Dave Jong is not far from the above-mentioned Zayt and Saf on the list but, unlike them, Dave is truly a player of one tournament. The quintessence of the Dutchman’s career was participation in the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos. Together with his British teammate, Jong went too far and placed 2nd at the championship, which allowed him to earn $1,125,000 at the tournament. Three other remarkable tournaments in his career include Twitch Rivals: TwitchCon Fortnite Showdown, Fortnite World Cup Online Open: Week 10 – Europe, and FNCS: Season X – Grand Finals: Europe, however, their prizes are miserable compared to the main championship in Fortnite history, to say the least. The player received rewards of $29,333, $10,000, and $6,400, respectively. In March 2021, Dave Jong announced his retirement.
7th place: Nate ‘Kreo’ Kou
Money earned for his career: $1,197,000
Nate Kou began his career under the tag FrontSide Esports in March 2018 and moved to Armada Esports during his successful participation in Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo. Before the start of the main Fortnite tournament, he had placed 3rd at Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 4 – North America and 5th at Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 3 – North America, for which he earned $45,000 and $10,000, respectively. However, his total earnings of $70,000+ can’t be compared to what he achieved at the Fortnite World Cup. He demonstrated a nice result in the solo mode. Despite failing to make it to the main stage of the duo tournament, he entered the top 5 at Fortnite World Cup Finals Solo and held 4th place. This allowed the esportsman to earn as much as almost all players could not earn, with the exception of the top 11 representatives of the Fortnite scene. Kreo’s earnings were equal to $1,050,000. After this, the main achievement of the native of Hong Kong was 7th place at C2S5: FNCS – Grand Finals: NA East where Kreo received $13,000 as a reward. Besides, he prevailed at three minor tournaments. Nate Kou changed 4 teams after the end of the Fortnite World Cup and decided to retire in 2022. In such a way, Nate had not the most diversified road but it was pretty successful, which allowed him to place 7th on our list. Earning almost $1,200,000 at the age of 22 is a very solid achievement not just in Fortnite but in real life in general. The remarkable thing is that Kreo was accused of cheating and cheating on money at the beginning of 2019. Nate confessed to what he had done and called such an act the biggest mistake of his life. Luminosity Gaming, part of which he was at that moment, terminated his contract, however, this did not stop him from achieving success in the future.
6th place — Jaden ‘Wolfiez’ Ashman
Money earned for his career: $1,352,288
Wolfiez together with the previously-mentioned Rojo managed to place 2nd at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos and earned $1,125,000 for each player. After this, the esportsman did not drop the esports discipline and continued playing at a high level for a long time. He held 2nd place at a few Fortnite Champion Series tournaments, which allowed him to make $30,000, $35,000, and $95,000. However, he has not seen such success and earnings as he had at Fortnite World Cup and it hurt the player’s motivation to perform on the professional Fortnite scene. This led to the situation that Jaden Ashman earned only $650 in 2022. Jayden has not mentioned his retirement but the failed performances by Wilfiez in the international arena reflect that Ashman might come to such a decision soon and finish competing as one of the most successful Fortnite players in the history of this discipline. He has managed to earn $1,352,288 in his career.
5th place — Emil ‘nyhrox’ Bergquist Pedersen
Money earned for his career: $1,518,509
The 20-year-old Emil is remembered by Fortnite fans as the champion of the main championship in this discipline, which was hosted among the best duos in the world. In July 2019, he with his Austrian teammate Aqua placed 1st at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos and made $1,500,000. In such a way, Emil can be called a player of one tournament confidently because he has not achieved victory at any tournament, except for the Fortnite World Cup, including the smallest events. However, he has not retired yet but earned only $200 in 2022. The last tournament, in which nyhrox participated, was hosted in June 2022 where he made $200.
4th place — Shane ‘EpikWhale’ Cotton
Money earned for his career: $1,653,608
Shane Cotton stands out among the rest of the players because his solid achievement at the Fortnite World Cup was just the beginning of his esports career and he continued conquering the scene actively after that. The American performed pretty decently at the solo tournament in July 2019 and placed 3rd at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo, due to which he earned $1,200,000. Later, he continued playing and became the champion of seven tournaments, including Gamers8 2022 where he earned $125,000 together with Malibuca. Thus, continuing his persistent pursuit of success, Shane earned another $453,608 in other tournaments and brought the total amount of prize money received to $1,653,608, which put him in 4th place.
3rd place — Harrison ‘Psalm’ Chang
Money earned for his career: $1,852,550
Harrison Chang had a pretty short but effective career on the professional Fortnite scene. His road started under the tag Counter Logic Gaming in January 2018. The esportsman held 2nd place at Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 3 – North America and earned $23,750. It was his best result until the start of the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo. He tried pretty hard there and reached the very end, losing only to Bugha. Having overcome all opponents, he placed 2nd and received $1,800,000 as a reward. Besides this tournament, Chang made only $52,550, which is a pretty small sum in professional Fortnite, especially considering the topic of today’s material. In March 2020, the American player took part in a Fortnite tournament for the last time and placed 12th at FNCS: Chapter 2 Season 2 – Week 1: NA West with toff, having left without a reward. Psalm has retired without winning a single Fortnite tournament, however, he has entered the top three richest players and left his mark on the history of this discipline.
2nd place — David ‘Aqua’ Wang
Money earned for his career: $2,126,265
The Australian player David Wang began his road to success on the professional Fortnite scene in June 2019. A month later, he lifted the trophy of the Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Duos over his head thanks to his successful collaboration with the Norwegian nyhrox, who took 5th place in our top. It would seem that after such a result, Aqua could lose interest in the game and end his career quickly, as most esports players did. However, this made the Australian player achieve new heights and he continued competing. In September 2019, he achieved two victories at two Fortnite Champion Series tournaments where he earned $32,000 and $160,000, respectively. In May 2022, Aqua once again showed what he was capable of and, together with Veno, won the Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 3 Season 2 – Grand Finals: Europe and earned an additional $150,000. Thus, in addition to receiving $1,500,000 at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019, he was able to earn another $727,315, which is quite commendable. Aqua became the second Fortnite player in the world to break the $2,000,000 mark in prize money, and it looks like the 20-year-old esportsman has no plans to stop there.
1st place — Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf
Money earned for his career: $3,454,850
Kyle Giersdorft is the legend and first Fortnite esportsman who beat the $3,000,000 mark in prize money and is extremely close to the $3,500,000 mark, and, undoubtedly, the most successful Fortnite player. At the age of 17, the young man’s hobby changed his life drastically when he prevailed at Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Solo on July 28, 2019. Having performed decently at the championship, Kyle held 1st place and earned the main prize of $3,000,000 with a lot of people chasing it. Bugha’s performance was not over and the player continued playing on the stage but with smaller success. However, the last year was pretty good for Giersdorf and he made $156,300 in 2022. In total, Kyle has almost reached the $3,500,000 mark in prize money, having stopped at $3,456,500. Bugha is an icon of the Fortnite world and the reason why many people start playing this game dreaming about victory at such a big tournament but no one knows for sure whether Epic Games hosts such an event in the future.