Five of the Best Esports Gamers of All Time
NOTE: This is a highly subjective list, just one authors opinion. Gamers have always gone head-to-head to prove who is the best. Even way back in the glory days of arcades, there was intense competition to become number one. These days the incredible popularity of esports has made arguments over who is at the top a global conversation.
With so many different esports played at an elite level now, it is a little difficult to compare the top player across the titles. But the five we have profiled here are some of the best in the world and regularly feature on the best sport betting apps too. Millions of fans follow every event they compete in - and young players want to grow up to be just like them. These are five of the best esports gamers on the planet.
Counter-Strike was one of the biggest esports just before the big betting boom. But f0rest, or Patrik Lindberg to give him his real name, was a gaming legend, with over 50 gold medals on his honors list. He is perhaps best known for his performances with the Fnatic team in 2005 which turned them into the highest earners in the game.
That form just about saved the game - but then he went and repeated the trick with the sequel with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). His new team, Ninjas in Pyjamas were the ones to beat for a while, where he teamed up once again with another great, GeT_RiGhT.
Originally from Denmark, N0tail is considered to be the highest earning esport gamer in the world after winning back-to-back Dota 2 Internationals in 2018 and 2019. That success helped him pass the $7 million mark from career earnings and it is an intense competitive streak that has gotten him to that position.
Johan Sundstein has not had it all his own way though. He has had to put up with trusted teammates leaving at inopportune moments. But he has always come back and shown everyone what he is made of. His OG team is known across the world and he was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 when he was just 25 years old.
Lee Sang-hyeok, better known as Faker, is arguably the greatest ever League of Legends gamer. He is a three-time World Championship winner and is the highest earner the game has ever seen. Esports fans across the world watch every event he plays, knowing that they are going to witness sheer brilliance.
Faker has won every single League of Legends tournament going and has even been featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine, the first esports gamer ever to do so. Known for finding a way through even in the most dire of circumstances, there seems to be no stopping this exceptionally talented gamer.
For a while at the start of the 2000s, Starcraft was the biggest game in esports - and Flash was probably the best gamer there was. He dominated both Starcraft and Starcraft II, posting an incredible 70% win record against the best of the rest. He also took home over $400,000 in winnings.
Flash retired in 2015 at the top of his game, but was tempted back by the release of Starcraft: Brood War and went on to win another bunch of titles. With such fierce competition in South Korea when it comes to Starcraft, it is really saying something that Flash is probably the best ever.
It is not an understatement to call Fatal1ty, or Jonathan Wendel, the most important esports gamer from the US. He was there in the beginning, first playing Quake III in 1999. Wendel could also be called the first celebrity esports gamer and definitely saw the future when it came to the world he soon became a real star in.
Winning 12 world championships across his career, Wendel also competed in Counter-Strike and Call of Duty events, amongst others. Predicting how big esports would be, he is considered an entrepreneur thanks to his ability to use the Fatal1ty brand worldwide. He is a major reason why esports is as big as it is today.