The professional video game world might be a boys’ realm, but it seems that female professional gamers are also making a name for themselves. Although gaming is not officially deemed a sport, the truth is that video gamers walk away with a lot of money. In fact, some video gamers earn enough to put them in the same league as successful sports stars. Don’t assume that only men are among the highest earning gamers in the industry. E-sports Earnings’ rankings of the top 100 female players reveal that women win significant amounts of prize money in various competitions and tournaments.
Here are the top 5 highest-paid female gamers in the world:
#1. Katherine “Mystic” Gunn
Katherine Gunn, aka “Mystic”, tops the list with the highest paid female gamers. She managed to defeat top contenders in both “Dead or Alive 4” and Halo within three years. She came 3rd in 2007 earning $15,000, and she also won the 3rd place the next year, putting another $7,000 in her pocket. The real milestone in her career though was the championship she won in 2010, when she walked out of the tournament $100,000 richer. Her net worth is currently $120,000.
#2. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn
Sasha Hostyn, from Canada, broke into the gaming scene in 2011 and since then remains one of the most popular female gamers, participating in most major competitions. She has partaken in about 30 tournaments and has managed to win first place in seven. She is viewed as one of the best StarCraft II players in the world.
#3. Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell
Bartell is an experienced software engineer and a savvy Dead or Alive 4 player. She was a member of the team that won the Dead or Alive 4 championship in 2007 and she took home a prize of $50,000. A year earlier, she was runner-up for the same contest and was awarded $5,000.
#4. Sarah “Sarah Lou” Harrison
Sarah Harrison, also known as “Sarah Lou” is the sole British woman with a reputation as a top earning professional in the gaming industry. She made her cash - a whopping $50,000 - from a Dead or Alive 4 tournament in 2008 thanks to her sharp skill set and perfect collaboration with her other teammates who were equally strong.
#5. Vanessa Arteaga
Vanessa Arteaga’s forte is fighting games, with Dead or Alive 4 being her beat. Interestingly, she was picked first in the draft of the Championship Gaming Series’ list of players for the video game league. In 2008, she took home the championship prize of “Dead or Alive 4” winning $15,000 in cash. She also earned an additional $5,000 after winning another tournament, raising her total earnings to $20,000 from video gaming alone.
These are just a few examples of the world’s highest paid professional video gamers. The figures presented above show that video gaming is becoming an increasingly profitable career option, and more women around the world are flirting with it since there is big money at stake.