Almost all eAthletes are part of a team, some play in teams and actually play together in the same game. Others represent a football team but play individually, for example FIFA players. In another article we already discussed some of the big teams so now it’s time to get a bit more in-depth about the individual eAthletes. As you now probably know there are many different eSport games and each game has their own best players. In this article we’ll highlight some of the best players
KuroKy – DOTA 2
First up, we’ve got DOTA 2 player, Kuro Salehi Takhasomi, better known by his gamer tag: Kuroky. The 24-year old German started gaming because he suffered from disabilities to his legs which caused problems when he was using them too much. The German has been active in a few tournaments already and has been a member of Team Liquid since 2015. KuroKy is the captain of his team and has had much success already. The succes did come with a lot of money too, KuroKy is the eAthlete with the highest tournament earnings in DOTA 2 and even eSports in general. He approximately has earned over 3 million dollars already.
s1mple – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CO:GS)
Oleksandr Kostyliev, also known as s1mple, is one of the best Counter-Strike players in the world. Oleksandr has been voted as best eSport player of the year 2016 in Red Bull’s vote. He plays in the team: Natus Vincere, which he joined after being in several teams before going to Natus Vincere he was a stand-in at Team Liquid.
Faker – League of Legends
Lee Sang-hyeok is a League of Legends player for team SK Telecom T1. The eAthlete from South Korea is only 21 years old, but is seen as one of the best players in the game. He has been called the god of the game and the Messi of League of Legends multiple times, but goes by the gamertag of Faker. Lee is one of the only 2 players together with his former team-mate that has won the World Championship for three times already. He has earned more than a million dollar of prize money. With almost 900.000 Twitch followers it’s also fair to say that Faker is really popular, despite the absence of Faker himself on other social media platforms.
eSports is growing and the teams with their athetes are getting more and more attention. The big players already have huge amounts of followers via either social media or streaming services like Twitch. There are however some big opportunities for the eAthletes to become social influencers. Their growing role needs a bit more attention and the bigger players will probably become all be really active on social media soon. This Friday we’ll go more in-depth about merchandising of these players and teams.