The Greatest Pro Gamers In Esports History

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Vote up all players who you think are the best pro gamers in the world.

Ever wondered who's the best gamer in the world? While it may have seemed like a far-fetched pipe dream a few decades ago, the world of esports as a viable career and professional gaming industry has become the norm. Not only is it considered one of the fastest-growing competitive industries in the world right now, but it's also one of the most lucrative, with players bringing in millions if they place high enough at the right tournament. That's where we're ranking all the best esports players, with the help of your votes.

Of course, tournament wins aren't everything in the world of esports gaming; many players have garnered millions upon millions of fans by simply streaming their content live while they play it. Even before the industry began, professional gamers were niche, but they still managed to rake in the cash if they knew how to win at coin-op arcade machines, which means the number of pro-gamers who take the spotlight could, theoretically, include people from as far back as the 1980s. 

This list highlights the amazing achievements and accomplishments of the 20 greatest pro-gamers from around the world. Check through the list to find your favorite esports gamer, and don't forget to vote them up to see which all-time great gamers rise to the top!


  • 1
    1,554 VOTES

    Real Name: Lee, Sang Hyeok (이상혁)

    Team(s): Korean National Team, STK T1 K

    Country: Republic of Korea

    Game(s): League of Legends

    Faker is, by most accounts, the best League of Legends players of all time. He is one of only two people to win the League of Legends World Championships three times, but that's hardly his only achievement in professional gaming.

    He has also won the All-Star Paris 2014, the Mid-Season Invitations in 2016 & 2017, and the IEM World Championship in 2015. In terms of prize money, he's raked in well over $1.2 million throughout his career, which began at the tender age of 17.

  • Flash
    Photo: ACROFAN / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    722 VOTES


    Real Name: Lee, Young Ho (이영호)

    Team(s): Evil Geniuses, KT Rolster

    Country: Republic of Korea

    Game(s): StarCraft II and StarCraft: Brood War

    When he began playing StarCraft II professionally, Flash quickly became one of the best players to tackle the game. Throughout his professional gaming career, he managed to rack up a ridiculous amount of tournament wins,

    Though he retired from StarCraft II in December 2015, he came back to the scene the following year with StarCraft: Brood War and continued to rack up an impressive number of tournament wins. He regularly broadcasts his time playing the game via AfreecaTV where he also won the platform's 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seasons of the Afreeca Starleague.

  • 3
    537 VOTES


    Real Name: Patrik Lindberg

    Team(s): Begrip Gaming, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, SK Gaming, Swedish National Team

    Country: Sweden

    Game(s): Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    f0rest is considered to be one of the best Counter-Strike players in the world, and he has honed his craft since beginning his pro-gaming career in 2005. He helped bring Fnatic to become the dominant CS team in the industry, and with his help, the team broke the record as the highest-earning team in CS history.

    He eventually left the team to jump over to SK Gaming, but left that team to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Ninjas in Pyjamas, known throughout the esports community as NiP.

  • 4
    354 VOTES


    Real Name: Lim Yo-hwan (임요환)

    Team(s): Air Force ACE, SK Telecom T1, SlayerS

    Country: Republic of Korea

    Game(s): StarCraft II and StarCraft II: Brood War

    Though he's best known as SlayerS_'BoxeR' or simply BoxeR, many refer to Lim Yo-hwan as either "The Emperor" or the "Terran Emperor" for his skills in playing as a Terran in Starcraft II. He's considered to be one of the most successful players to tackle the game, and his professional career is full of impressive victories.

    He's scored a record 548 wins in his pro-gaming career, but that career ended due to health-related issues. He is now a professional poker player but remains a popular icon in the StarCraft II and pro-gaming community.