Amazon announced on Monday that it was buying Twitch, a site devoted solely to video-game-related live-streaming content, for $US970 million.
That might seem like a ton of money. But the video games are also a spectator sport, and a lot of people are making serious cash by playing in tournaments and getting lucrative sponsorships from computer parts makers.
They also make money streaming their practice sessions on Twitch.
e-Sports Earnings has ranked the 100 players with the highest overall earnings from competitive gaming.
There are more than 150 gamers who have earned over $US100,000 in prize money.
China's Jiang 'YYF' Cen earned most of his cash playing 'Dota 2.' The largest prize he took home from a single tournament was $200,000 in 2012, as part of a team called Invictus Gaming. He announced this year that he's retiring from gaming (translated).
The 'Dota 2' tournament has its own Twitch channel.
Luo 'Ferrari_430' Feichi, also from China, was part of Invictus Gaming, which won the 'Dota 2' championship in 2012. That's also the tournament that won him the most cash: $US200,000. The team won $US1 million for that tournament alone.
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