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The Greatest Pro Gamers In Esports History

Updated March 13, 2020 4.6k votes 1.1k voters 22.3k views20 items

List RulesVote 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!

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    Real Name: Lee, Jae Dong (이제동)

    Team(s): 8th Team, CJ Entrus, Evil Geniuses, Hwaesung OZ, Lecaf OZ, Korean National Team

    Country: Republic of Korea

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

    Jaedong is widely regarded as being one of the best StarCraft players of all time, and he most often competes using the Zerg race. He played StarCraft II professionally until he retired from the game in 2016.

    That same year, he shifted to playing StarCraft: Brood War where he consistently racks up wins and an impressive share of prize money. He has been known, at times, as either "The Tyrant" or "The Legend Killer," and streams his games live while not taking part in competitions.

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    Real Name: Umehara, Daigo (梅原醍醐)

    Team(s): None

    Country: Japan

    Game(s): Capcom vs. SNK 2, Guilty Gear XX, Guilty Gear Slash, Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter IV, V, V: Arcade Edition, Fighter II Turbo, Fighter IV, IV: Arcade Edition, and Ultra Street Fighter IV

    Daigo, who sometimes goes by his other handle, "The Beast," is considered to be one of the greatest Street Fighter players of all time. He specializes in 2D fighting games, and is the holder of "The most successful player in major tournaments of Street Fighter" Guinness World Record.

    Daigo's exploits in pro-gaming have become legendary, and he even has a Manga series called Daigo the Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers, which debuted an English translation in mid-2017.

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    Real Name: Olof Kajbjer

    Team(s): FaZe Clan, Five Crowns, Fnatic, LGB eSports

    Country: Sweden

    Game(s): Assetto Corsa, Counter-Strike, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    Sweden has provided the world with a number of expert pro gamers, but Olofmeister may be the very best Swedish player to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, more commonly referred to as CS:GO. He may even be the best CS:GO player in the world.

    He's played for a number of teams, but currently works for FaZe Clan. He holds two championship titles from CSGO Majors, ESL One Katowice 2015 and ESL One Cologne 2015, and has racked up numerous wins in other tournaments throughout his impressive career.

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    Real Name: Johnathan Wendel

    Team(s): Clan Kapitol

    Country: United States of America

    Game(s): Aliens versus Predator 2, Counter-Strike, Doom 3, Painkiller, Quake 4, Quake III Arena, QuakeWorld, and Unreal Tournament 2003

    Fatal1ty no longer participates in professional gaming, but when he did, he was one of the deadliest players to compete in Quake and similar FPS titles. Since leaving pro-gaming, he founded his own company, Fatal1ty Inc., which licenses his brand to manufacturers of gaming accessories.

    When he was gaming professionally, he began in 1999 and quickly racked up win after win. His career wins span 12 World Championship titles, which includes four Player of the Year Awards with the Cyberatlete Professional League.

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