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    Top 15 professional esports teams vs top 15 semi-professional esports teams Part 2

    Esportsbusiness.net Team

    This is part 2 of the article. Part one can bei found here. The objective of this list is to give you an insight on the best eSports teams from around the world. The industry of eSports is currently worth around $700 million and it is set to be worth over $1 billion by 2020. So, let’s have a look at the teams that have made the eSports industry a global phenomenon. The figures for each team are the (as much as known) overall earnings achieved by the team through participating in events and tournaments. The wording "semi-professional" should not be taken as something negative, we just tried to sort the teams in some way.

    If there are correct figures, sponsors and anything else, please do not hesitate to come back to me and correct me. I take no responsibilities forthe correct information of all data, but I am more than willing to correct information, especially once they change.



    Top 15 semi-professional esports teams

    1. MVP

    Overall team earnings


    picture16.jpgBased in South Korea, MVP joined the eSports industry as early as 2010 and since then, they have competed in almost every single division of eSports. They are currently under the sponsorship of Hot6ix, IB SPORTS, Azubu, DXRacer, GIGABYTE and IBISS PC. MVP has earned nearly 50% ($2,857,038.08) of their winnings through their Dota 2 roster, MVP Phoenix. They have also won 28% ($1,443,089.83) of their winnings through Heroes of the Storm. Aside from Korea where they completely dominated by earning 93% ($5,284,283.03) of their winnings, they have competed in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Finland, Canada and even Kyrgyzstan. Kim "QO" Seon-yeop happens to be the richest and most popular player of the organization. He has earned $559,413.22 in winnings. The Dota 2 roster has won Korea Dota League Season 2 and 3, Dota Pit League Season 4 and Pro Gamer League 2016 – Summer.


    2. Team EnVyUs

    Overall team earnings


    picture17.jpgThe organization of Team EnVyUs or also known as "The Boys in Blue" was found in 2007 and is currently under the influence of managing director Michael "Hastr0" Rufail. They are currently under the sponsorship of renowned names which include GeForce, Gunnar Optiks, HyperX, Jack in the Box, Monster Energy, Nations, NZXT, Scuf Gaming, and Twitch. They are competing in a number of eSports division except for Dota 2 which include Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Halo, Overwatch, Paladins, PUBG, Rocket League, and Street Fighter. In Call of Duty, they have earned nearly 35% ($1,837,383.51) of their winnings, while in the CS:GO division, they have earned 39% ($2,011,801.36) of the winnings. They have competed on different grounds which include, USA, France, Canada, Korea Sweden, Finland, Spain, Germany and many more. They happen to be one one of the best organization in the CS:GO pro scene as they have won the   DreamHack Atlanta 2017, WESG 2016: Finals, Gfinity CS:GO Invitational, Global eSports Cup – Season 1 and  Gfinity Champion of Champions. However, their prized asset is Jordan ”JKAp” Kaplan who has earned himself $409,516.25 while in CS:GO, Vincent “Happy” Schopenhauer has earned $401,060.74 in winnings.


    3. Vici Gaming

    Overall team earnings


    picture18.jpgIn October 2012, under the influence of “Fengdidi,” Vici Gaming joined the eSports industry. They are sponsored by renowned names which include Monster Energy, HuomaoTV, HyperX, i-Rocks, DXRacer, VPGame, Republic of Gamers, and Cherry. They also have sister teams like VG.CyberZen, VG Reborn, VGJ.Storm, VGJ.Thunder and Vici Potential Gaming that are competing in the vast majority of tournaments.  These teams compete in different divisions of eSports like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, FIFA, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and League of Legends. Approximately 75% ($5,121,818.38) of their net worth has come from Dota 2. While approximately 5% ($335,923.86) has come from Crossfire and other 6% ($360,562.30) has come from Hearthstone. The biggest achievement of the side is the 2nd place finish at The International 4. Currently, they are performing exceptionally well under the leadership of Lu "Fenrir" Chao who has earned a respectable $1,164,864.52 in winnings which is still greater than the highest earner in League of Legends, Faker. Most of their net worth has been established by the domination in the Chinese region, 81% ($5,493,521.80). They have also competed in the tournaments that took place in the countries like Singapore, Korea, Germany, USA, Hong Kong and Macao.


    4. OpTic Gaming

    Overall team earnings


    picture19.jpgAlso known as the Green Wall, OpTiC Gaming is based in the USA. "OpTic KR3W” and Ryan "OpTic J" Musselman found the organization in 2006 and currently Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez owns it. The organization competes in several divisions of eSPorts which include and Player Unknown: Battlegrounds (or PubG), Overwatch, League of Legends, Gears of War, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Halo. The organization has won the X Games twice and was awarded as the best eSports team in 2015. They have also won eSports team of the year title in 2017. Earlier this year, the CoD roster of Optic Gaming won the CWL World Championship in 2017. With that win, it made them the best CoD team of all time. Moreover, in the division of Halo, Optic Gaming did not disappoint their fans as they won the 2017 Halo World Championship. The winnings of Call of Duty make up 50% ($2,476,472.90) of their winnings.


    5. Digital Chaos

    Overall team earnings


    picture20.jpgEstablished in 2015, Digital Chaos is based in North America and is currently under the ownership of Shannon "SUNSfan" Scotten. The team is currently under the sponsorship of 100TB, Private Internet Access, LOOT.BET, eNgage, and PicsArt. They only competed in Dota 2 but have recently formed an active roster of PUBG. From Dota 2, they have earned 99.6% ($4,374,883.16) of the revenue. The biggest achievement of the roster is the 2nd place finish at The International 6. Currently there is no player on the active roster, however, before the roster shuffle, Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok was their star player as he won $784,734.60 in prizes.



    6. Alliance

    Overall team earnings


    picture21.jpgCreated in 2013, Alliance is sponsored by Monster Energy and GG.Bet. They have competed in several divisions of eSports which include StarCraft 2, Dota 2, FIFA, Fighting Games, League of Legends and Quake. There 86% ($3,382,892.74) have been generated through Dota 2. The star player is their captain Jonathan "Loda" Berg who has been on the roster ever since its formation and is admired as one of the best players in Dota 2. The biggest achievement of the organization is winning The International 3. They also won the Dota 2 Champions League Season 1, DreamLeague Season 1 and StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 1.



    7. CDEC Gaming

    Overall team earnings


    picture22.jpgBased in Shanghai China, CDEC was found in 2014. They are sponsored by DouyuTV. They have competed in Dota 2 with sister teams CDEC Avenger and CDEC Youth. The biggest achievement of the team is the 2nd place finish at The International 5 where they lost to Evil Geniuses. Their most well-reputed player was Liu "Garder" Xinzhou who has won $677,417.86 in winnings.



    8. EHOME

    Overall team earnings


    picture23.jpgFounded in 2004, EHOME is officially rated as one the most vintage teams in China and is currently managed by Zheng "Galahad" Feixu. They competed in different divisions of eSPorts which include League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch and Dota 2. 96% ($3,233,722.52) of their winning have been through their Dota 2 roster. The biggest achievement of the team is the 2nd place finish at the first edition of The International. Zhang "LaNm" Zhicheng was the most successful player of the team with $634,598.98 in winnings.



    9. Counter Logic Gaming

    Overall team earnings


    picture24.jpgEstablished in 2010, Counter Logic Gaming is based in USA. They are under the sponsorship of CORSAIR, iBUYPOWER, Twitch, DXRacer, and Intel. They have teams competing in different divisions which include League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Super Smash Bros, and Hearthstone. From Halo, they have earned 42% ($1,186,350.00) in winnings while almost 30% ($887,387.64) from League of Legends.



    10. Team Dignitas

    Overall team earnings


    picture25.jpgThe North American organization was found in 2003. It has got sponsorship of some renowned brands which include Intel, Alienware, Creative, iiyama, SCAN, Western Digital, Twitch, Multiplay, Corsair Gaming and TP-LINK. Even getting these big sponsors, the organization has failed to deliver quality eSports teams. They have earned most of their earnings from Heroes of the Storm and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.



    11. Team SoloMid

    Overall team earnings


    picture26.jpgFound in 2009 by Andy "Reginald" Dinh, Team Solo Mid is based in California, USA and is sponsored by CyberPowerPC, Geico, Gillette, HTC, and HyperX. They have got most of their earnings 53% ($1,373,221.02) from their League of Legends roster. Their biggest achievements are winning the 2017 NA LCS Summer Playoffs and 2017 NA LCS Spring Playoffs. However, the organization is yet to make a big mark in the eSports industry.


    12. G2 Esports

    Overall team earnings


    picture27.jpgG2 Esports is a well-known organization, which is sponsored by Paysafecard, Vodafone, Kingston HyperX, NEEDforSEAT, and Enea Andrei. They have competed in a number of eSports divisions which include LoL, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Vainglory, Critical Ops, Rocket League and FIFA. They received 50% ($1,267,619.00) from CS:GO and 34% ($875,736.41) from League of Legends. They are currently giving great performances in pro scene of CS:GO.



    13. compLexity Gaming

    Overall team earnings


    picture28.jpgEstablished in 2003, complexity Gaming is sponsored by SoundBlaster, CyberPower PC, Newegg, Corsair Gaming, Creative, Twitch, DXRacer, Scuf Gaming, Pwnit Wear and Loot Market. They have teams competing in Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Call of Duty and Hearthstone. Their most successful divisions have been Call of Duty and Dota 2.



    14. Mousesports

    Overall team earnings


    picture29.jpgBased in Germany, mousesports was established in 2003. They are sponsored by ZOWIE GEAR, Unikrn, and Sennheiser. They have competed in a number of eSPorts divisions which include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm and TrackMania.




    15. KT Rolster

    Overall team earnings


    picture30.jpgRolster was found in 1999 and was one of the best organizations of their time. They have competed in StarCraft 2, StarCraft: Brood Wars and won several titles. However, they have failed to adapt to the recent modern-day eSports.



    Edited by Marian Härtel

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