Playing video games for a living sounds like a dream.
Believe it or not, there are gamers who are doing exactly that. And they’re making some serious money.
e-Sports Earnings has ranked the 100 players with the highest overall earnings from competitive gaming.
There are 100 gamers who have earned over $US100,000 in prize money.
To top it off, that’s not even counting the sponsorship deals and income that many of these players receive from streaming their practice games on services like Twitch.
Sweden's Jerry 'EGM' Lundquist has already made close to $US20,000 from seven tournaments in 2014 alone. Last year, he made $287,440.80 from a single tournament playing Dota 2. (He was part of a team, called The Alliance, that made a total of more than $US1.4 million.)
Joakim 'Akke' Akterhall, from Sweden, is a 26-year-old Dota 2 player. Besides being involved in the competitive Dota scene since 2006, he also won the Nintendo Swedish Championships three times: in 2004, 2006, and 2012.
Jang 'Moon' Jae Ho is one of the WarCraft III players featured in the documentary 'Beyond the Game.' He's also a StarCraft II player, and made $US12,799.73 from two tournaments before he was even 18 years old.