Professional Call of Duty players have won over $20 million in collective prize money over the years, but who has won the most individually? With the second Call of Duty League season now in the history books, here are the 20 players who have earned the most throughout their careers.
Over the last decade Call of Duty has seen a steady rise in prize money awarded, with players earning hundreds of thousands of dollars thanks to their exploits in the popular first-person shooter.
2020 was arguably the biggest year in the FPS title’s history, with the introduction of the 12-team Call of Duty League, a franchised competition with Home Series events, culminating in the massive 2020 Call of Duty League Championship on August 30.
Throughout the years, CoD has seen a number of different dynasties dominate the competitive scene, from the formidable compLexity squad which ran roughshod over opponents throughout Black Ops 2 and Ghosts, all the way to the legendary OpTic Gaming team that secured the organization’s first Call of Duty World Championship in 2017. More recently, Atlanta FaZe have been sparking debates around the world on their pursuit of dynasty status.
In 2019, more money was on the line than ever, as players competed in the CWL Pro League and the subsequent playoffs, alongside the 2019 Call of Duty World Championship, with 100 Thieves and eUnited putting in stellar performances across the year to take home the bulk of winnings in 2019.
2020 was an even bigger year for prize money, with CDL teams competing throughout the year, while the 2020 Call of Duty League Championships boasted the game’s biggest prize pool ever, at a mouthwatering $4.6 million, with the winning team taking home $1.6 million. 2021 upped the stakes yet again with a whopping $5 million prize pool throughout the year.
It’s no surprise that winning teams take center stage then, as Dallas Empire dominated Atlanta FaZe in the 2020 grand finals to win the best-of-nine series 5-1, taking home the grand prize alongside some lovely championship rings, custom Jordan sneakers, and even a throne.
The victory meant the team’s elder statesmen Crimsix and Clayster took home their third rings, very much proving that there is life in those old dog’s yet, but also moved them into rarified air in the Call of Duty scene, becoming the first players to earn over $1 million in prize money.
2021 marked the first CoD Championship in FaZe history as four young guns pushed their way through to the top 10 highest earners with just a few years of experience under their belts.
The rest of the top 10 is still dominated by familiar names, veterans with a history of continued success and especially consistency at the World Championship.
*Note: Some players have also earned money in Halo. However, these winnings have been deducted from the table below to only show winnings in Call of Duty. The list includes prize money only and not salary earnings.
Top 20 Highest Earning Call of Duty Pro Players – Updated August 23, 2021
Position Name Nationality Earnings
1st. Crimsix. US $1,326,659.47
2nd. Clayster. US $1,195,521.68
3rd. Arcitys US $1,110,704.09
4th. aBeZy. US $1,050,864.01
5th. Simp. US $1,028,953.33
6th. Scump. US $933,505.35
7th. FormaL. US $862,532.18
8th. Karma. CAN $830,462.25
9th. Cellium. US $821,323.93
10th. Slasher. US $730,058.40
11th. JKap. US $714,188.81
12th. Prestinni. US $611,873.43
13th. Preistahh. US $595,712.51
14th. Bance. UK $590,742.44
15th. Apathy. US $590,430.83
16th. John. US $549,874.59
17th. iLLeY. CAN $540,928.33
18th. Attach. US $534,148.35
19th. Shotzzy. US $531,525
20th. Huke. SA $500,325
Courtesy of Dexerto