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The Greatest Pro Gamers In Esports History

Updated March 13, 2020 4.9k votes 1.1k voters 24.3k 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: 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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    Real Name: Jang, Jae Ho (장재호)

    Team(s): Fnatic, Meet Your Makers, TyLoo

    Country: Republic of Korea

    Game(s): StarCraft II and Warcraft III

    Moon has been playing professionally in StarCraft II and Warcraft III for several years, and despite being a talented SC player, he's considered to be the best Warcraft III Night Elf player in the entire world.

    He's won five World Championships, three Korean Warcraft III Championships, and four seasons of MBCGame's World War. He has also been featured for his exploits in the documentary, Beyond the Game, and has won more money than any other play in Warcraft III history.

    He retired from professional gaming to fulfill his South Korean military service requirements, but later returned, and continues to actively play and compete.

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    Real Name: Ian Porter

    Team(s): Evil Geniuses, OpTic Gaming, compLexity Gaming

    Country: United States of America

    Game(s): Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Black Ops 2, Black Ops 4, Black Ops III,. Ghosts, Infinite Warfare, and World War II

    Crimsix is well known for his exploits in both the Call of Duty and Halo video game franchises. He holds the distinction of being the first player in history to earn the title of "Major League Gaming Pro Player" for both franchises.

    Crimsix has jumped around playing for compLexity and Evil Geniuses, but he earned his biggest wins while competing for OpTic Gaming.

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    Real Name: Danil Ishutin

    Team(s): DTS Gaming, Natus Vincere, Team Secret, Ukraine National Team, Vega Squadron

    Country: Ukraine

    Game(s): Defense of the Ancients and Dota 2

    Dendi is renowned for being one of the best players to come out of Ukraine, and his impressive career with Natus Vincere as one of the world's best Dota 2 players is remarkably impressive.

    He helped bring his team to The International 2011 and 2012 with a large number of Championship placements. In 2019, he left NaVi to join forces with the Malaysian team, the Tigers.

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