In the year 2017, the gaming industry had bigger earnings than radio, TV, and movies combined. If we talk numbers, these are $108.4 and $40.6 billion respectively. Today, the stereotypes and prejudices that “video games are not serious” no longer work. E-sports has been officially recognized as one of the sports in more than 20 countries of the world. Starting from Sims and GTA to the serious combined cyber sports competitions, people become players of international championships and win millions of dollars. The largest International cyber championship has already collected a prize fund of $20,002,432, as of October 11th.

And, of course, there is a stereotype that eSports are a territory exclusively for men. But this is not the case when it comes to the women mentioned below. Girls love games as much as men; they play them a lot, participate in international championships, and, more importantly, win.

Girls are now serious players in the gaming industry; they become professional league members, with the highest income. According to the latest data, the top 10 professional women gamers are all among the best gamers in the world, and they are also among the highest paid as well.

Cybersport is one of the few sports where women can compete with men on equal terms. That is why there are so many female gamers who have managed to achieve considerable success, and that’s what we are going to talk about today.


10. Alice “Ali” Lew – $8,000

Alice “Ali” Lew won about $8,000 in five tournaments. She is extremely good at Counter-Strike. In her first tournament in 2006, she won $800. But only two years later, the sum rose up to $4,000.

9. Alana “Ms.X” Reid – $ 10,000

Alana “Ms.X” Reid is a Canadian who managed to win $10,000 in a competition when she defeated competitors in Quake III Arena, in 2015. She won the silver, but her victory was impressive and memorable.

8. Libya “Lifi” Tirnstra – $14,000

Livia “Lifi” Tyrnstra played Quake and Unreal Tournament in the New Zealand competition. She then moved to Europe where she occupies the leading positions, playing Left 4 Dead. She won the third place in both tournaments and earned $14,000.

7. Jamie “Missy” Pereida – $15,000

Jamie “Missy” Pereida destroyed her fellow gamers in California at a Quake III competition, winning a prize pool of $15,000.

6. Rumey “Khafu” Van – $ 16,000

Millions of girls all over the world want to become like Rumey “Hafu” Van, the world Warcraft champion. She won more than 14,000 dollars only in 4 games, playing this legendary game. However, since then, she has switched to another game, Bloodline Champions, where she has already earned an extra $2,000 in one tour.

5. Vanessa Arteaga – $ 20,000

Vanessa Arteaga took home most of her prize as the winner of the 2008 Dead or Alive 4 competition where the prize was $15,000. The year before, she has already become a champion in the same tournament, in the same game where she earned $5,000. Not bad money as for playing video games.

4. Sarah “Sarah Lou” Harrison – $50,000

The only Briton on this list is Sarah “Sarah Lou” Harrison who won one of the biggest prizes in the biggest game league in the world. In 2008, she participated in the Dead or Alive 4 competition and won. Thanks to her skills and countless hours of practice, she won the tournament and received $50,000 in winnings.

3. Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell – $55,000

Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell is also good at Dead or Alive 4 where she won $50,000 in 2012. The year before, she finished with the second place and won $5,000.

2. Sasha “Scarlett” Gostyn – $102,000

Canadian Sasha Scarlett Gostyn is one of the most prolific and highly competitive female gamers in the world. She amazes the gamers all over the world with her incredible skills in StarCraft II. During 30 competitions she participated in since 2011, she won over $100,000, playing this game. She is known as one of the best StarCraft II players in the world.

1. Catherine “Mystic” Gunn – $122,000

Dead or Alive 4 is a popular game as for expensive tournaments, and one of its most recognizable champions is Catherine “Mystic” Gunn. In 2007, she won the prize, finishing second and receiving $15,000. In 2008, she took the third place and a prize of $7,000. In 2010, she became the highest paid gamer woman. In total, Katherine earned $122,000 during her career.

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