Top 10 Esports Teams

Top 10 Esports Teams

Esports have become extremely popular in the age of video game streamers, with the most popular eSports athletes garnering millions of subscribers. Through this fame and fanfare, eSports teams have emerged and drawn massive popularity. Read on to learn about the top ten eSports teams in the world.


What are the top ranked Esports teams?

  1. Faze Clan
  2. Team Liquid
  3. Cloud9
  4. 100 Thieves
  5. Fnatic
  6. G2 Esports
  7. Natus Vincere
  8. Optic Gaming
  9. Evil Geniuses
  10. OG

1. FaZe Clan

FaZe clan is generally regarded as the top eSports organization in the world because of its vast media influence and far reaching player skill levels. The eSports organization was founded in 2010 and currently houses 80+ members, many of which compete in high dollar tournaments year round. The top games that members of Faze clan compete in are Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO), Call of Duty, Fortnite, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). For FaZe, top placements in 2019 included 1st place finishes in the GLL Grand Slam for PUBG and the BLAST Pro Series for CS:GO. FaZe also performed in the Fornite World Cup and PUBG Global Championship, despite not taking home trophies. FaZe clan teams have earned over $10 million in tournament winnings in addition to high dollar sponsorship deals with brands G FUEL, SteelSeries, and Scuf Gaming. FaZe has successfully engrained itself into gaming culture, both competitively and casually, all of which contributes greatly to its organizational value of over $1 billion. Top competitive gamers that have played for FaZe Clan include:

  • Harvard "Rain" Nygaard (Counterstrike:Global Offensive)
  • Nikola "NiKo" Kovac (Counterstrike:Global Offensive)
  • Dennis "Cloakzy" Lepore (Fortnite/Call of Duty)
  • Turner "Tfue" Tenney (Fortnite)
  • Nick "Nickmercs" Kolcheff (Fortnite/Call of Duty)

2. Team Liquid

In terms of tournament performance, there is certainly an argument to be made that Team Liquid houses the most talented gamers on the planet. After all, Team Liquid has gained over $38 million in winnings while competing in over 2,100 tournaments worldwide to go along with 60+ high profile players. In 2019, Team Liquid earned first place in the following CS:GO events: ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters, and the ESL One Event. These wins helped Team Liquid overtake Astralis as the top CS:GO team in the world. As of late, they have also improved drastically on the mobile gaming front, taking home first place in the Clash Royale League (CRL) Finals. To top it off, Team Liquid had top finishes in both the 2019 Fortnite World Cup and the PUBG European League. Some of the top Team Liquid players that have competed in these events include:

  • Ivan "MinD_Control" Ivanov (DOTA 2)
  • Kuroky "KuroKy" Takhasomi (DOTA 2)
  • Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Thomas "72hrs" Mulligan (Fortnite)
  • Jake "POACH" Brumleve (Fortnite)

3. Cloud9

Next up on the list is none other than Cloud9. It is impossible to mention Cloud9's success without first mentioning their complete and utter domination of the CS:GO competitive scene in the past decade. In 2019 alone, they took home the 1st place trophy at the Starladder Berlin Major and both the Valve Majors. In addition to top CS:GO players, Cloud9 also has a much improved League of Legends roster, resulting in competitive finishes at the LEC Spring Finals and LCS Playoffs. They were also semi-finalists at the Rocket League Championship, an extremely impressive feat for a team known for its first person shooter performance. In over 840 tournaments, Cloud9 has earned nearly $11 million from tournament play and only seems to be growing. Top players in Cloud9 history include:

  • Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham (Counterstrike:Global Offensive & Valorant)
  • Jakey "Stewie2k" Yip (Counterstrike:Global Offensive & Valorant)
  • Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi (League of Legends)
  • Timothy "Automatic" Ta (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek (PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds, Apex Legends & Counterstrike Global Offensive)

4. 100 Thieves

100 Thieves is an eSports team known just as much for its content creation as it is for its competitive scene. Not only do they house dozens of players from all over the gaming world, but they also support countless other streamers that play strictly for entertainment purposes. From a competitive standpoint, 100 Thieves is best known for its League of Legends performances, and although they did not perform up to expectations in 2019, their 2018 NACLS championship appearance and countless other high-place finishes cannot be underestimated. Overall, 100 Thieves is without a doubt a constant presence in the eSports community every way you look at it. A few top players that have competed for 100 Thieves include:

  • William "Meteos" Hartman (League of Legends)
  • Liyu "Cody" Sun (League of Legends)
  • Diego "Arkhram" Palma (Fortnite)
  • Aaron "AZR" Ward (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Jack "CouRageJD" Dunlop (Fortnite)

5. Fnatic

Next on the list of top eSports teams is Fnatic, the Swedish built organization that specializes in CS:GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2. Fnatic may not be the flashiest team in all of eSports, but it is impossible to deny their consistent performance across all of the eSports competitive community. In 2019, they placed number one in the DreamHack Masters for CS:GO, as well as a close second place finish in multiple LEC events. The team's success has resulted in over $17 million in tournament winnings and sponsorships with BMW and Monster. Because Fnatic plays most of their events overseas, they are a bit overlooked in the United States, but according to the stats, they certainly shouldn't be. A few of the top players who have competed for Fnatic include:

  • Jesper "JW" Wecksell (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Freddy "KRiMZ" Johansson (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Paul "sOAZ" Boyer (League of Legends)
  • Robin "flusha" Ronnquist (League of Legends)
  • Chong "Ohaiyo" Xin Khoo (DOTA 2)

6. G2 Esports

G2 Esports, a largely European organization comes in at number six on this list of the top eSports teams in the world. Similar to Fnatic, G2 is not as popular in the United States because of their high-profile play in strategy games like League of Legends and CS:GO as opposed to fan-friendly games like Call of Duty and Fortnite. Nevertheless, G2 turned in a number of top performances in 2019, most notably a 1st place finish in the Mid-Season Invitational (League of Legends) as well as a 2nd place finish in the ESL Pro League. In over 500 tournaments, G2 teams have earned over $9 million in winnings. Top players in G2 history include:

  • Luka "Perkz" Perkovic (League of Legends)
  • Rasmus "Caps" Winther (League of Legends)
  • Kenny "kennyS" Schrub (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Lennart "Jaeger" Warkus (League of Legends)
  • Richard "Shox" Papillon (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)

7. Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere, more commonly referred to as "NAVI," is an eSports organization based primarily in Ukraine. While they are mainly known for their dominance in CS:GO, they also compete in many other games including DOTA 2 and PUBG. Their CS:GO team has spent over five consecutive years ranked inside the top ten teams in the world, and in 2010, they were the first team to win all Counter-Strike majors in a year. NAVI was also the first esports organization to win $1 million in a single tournament after winning The International in 2011. With all of their success, NAVI has earned over $17.7 million from tournament play in various games. A few notable players to ever play for NAVI include:

  • Oleksander "s1mple" Kostyliev (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Denis "electroNic" Sharipov (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Kirill "boombl4" Mikhailov (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Egor "flamie" Vasilyev (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)

8. OpTic Gaming

Returning to a more popular eSports team, OpTic Gaming, a Los Angeles based team comes in at number eight on this list of top eSports teams. OpTic Gaming was once an all world eSports organization that competed in all of the major games, including League of Legends, CS:GO, and Call of Duty dating back to 2006. As of now, they have scaled back their CS:GO global play, while specializing more in Call of Duty, a game that is much more popular in the United States compared to overseas. Nevertheless, OpTic stays extremely competitive, as they have taken home multiple Call of Duty titles across all versions of the game. OpTic's run of great success began in 2010 with a top five finish at the MLG National Championship (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) and has continued through the 2019 season with qualifying finished in the 2019 CWL Pro League. OpTic is not as relevant today from a holistic perspective, but they are certainly one of the all time best teams, not only within American eSports, but worldwide as well. A few of the most successful players to play for OpTic include:

  • Blake "Vengeance" Campbell (Call of Duty)
  • Brandon "Dashy" Otell (Call of Duty)
  • Damon "karma" Barlow (Call of Duty)
  • Ian "Crismix" Porter (Call of Duty)
  • Seth "Scump" Abner (Call of Duty)

9. Evil Geniuses

Besides having quite possibly the cleverest eSports team name of all time, the members of Evil Geniuses are also some of the most talented players in all of eSports. Much like team Fnatic, Evil Geniuses specializes in CS:GO, as they are among the top few teams at virtually every event they play. In 2019, they won the ESL One New York for this game, while becoming equally as prevalent on the Dota 2 scene. In fact, Evil Geniuses took home the Dota 2 International just a few years ago, despite being a heavy underdog. In whatever game they compete in, Evil Geniuses are some of the most successful, earning a whopping $25 million over their 900 plus tournament appearances. A few top players in Evil Geniuses history include:

  • Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan (Dota 2)
  • Saahil UNiVeRsE" Arora (Dota 2)
  • Clinton "Fear" Loomis (Dota 2)
  • Tarik "tarik" Celik (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Patrick "Aches" Price (Call of Duty)

10. OG

OG was formed in 2015 and is based primarily across various countries in Europe. Their sheer dominance in DOTA 2 throughout the years has allowed OG to become the second highest earning eSports organization based solely on tournament results. Their $35+ million earnings comes only second to Team Liquid's $38+ million, although they achieved this in only 120+ tournaments as opposed to 2150+ tournaments for Liquid. OG won back-to-back The International tournaments in 2018 and 2019, and were also the first team to win four DOTA 2 majors. While almost all of their success has come from DOTA 2, they have been highly competitive in the CS:GO scene as well for many years. With their primary Red Bull sponsor, OG has become one of the more recognizable eSports teams over the past couple years. Notable OG players include:

  • Johan "N0tail" Sundstein (DOTA 2)
  • Topias "Topson" Taavitsainen (DOTA 2)
  • Anathan "ana" Pham (DOTA 2)
  • Sébastian "Ceb" Debs (DOTA 2)

Honorable Mentions

Team Vitality

Just outside the top ten is the up and coming Team Vitality, who have excelled in both the extremely competitive League of Legends and CS:GO scenes, as well as the more unique Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League scene. Specifically, team Vitality placed in the RLCS Season 7 Rocket League Finals in addition to multiple top CS:GO finishes in various ECS Championship events. Team Vitality is a great example of a well rounded eSports team, as they field great players in so many different types of games. In an eSports community that requires a high skill level, it is refreshing to see a team stretch their limits in such different ways. Apparently, the wide-ranging strategy has been successful, as the newly formed team has already amassed over $4.5 million in tournament winnings. Some of the top players from Team Vitality include:

  • Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Dan "apEX" Madesclaire (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Cedric "RpK" Guipouy (Counter-Strike:Global Offensive)
  • Victor "Fairy Peak" Locquet (Rocket League)
  • Amadeau "Attila" Carvalho (League of Legends)

NRG Esports

NRG is another one of those up and coming teams with extremely competitive players across the globe and across all different games. They play in Rocket league, CS:GO, Overwatch, and even Fortnite. It is safe to say that NRG currently houses the most unique gamers of their time. In any case, their most recent triumph came in 2019, as they became the Overwatch League Champions, a feat that is not easily completed by non-blue blood teams. In addition, they also came in 3rd in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup. NRG is not the most popular team, but they will be a large presence for years to come. Top players to compete for NRG include:

  • Shane "EpikWhale" Cotton (Fortnite)
  • Garrett "GarrettG" Gordon (Rocket League)
  • Benjy "BenjyFishy" Fish (Fortnite)

Team SoloMid

Team SoloMid, more commonly known as "TSM," is an eSports organization based in North America. Unlike some of the other teams on this list, TSM has found success on a wide variety of video games. While Fortnite and League of Legends make up nearly half of TSM's career earnings, they have also established themselves in Apex Legends, CS:GO, PUBG, and Rainbow Six. Even though they only have the 21st highest tournament earnings with around $8 million total, TSM was given the highest valuation of any eSports organization in 2020 at around $410 million. While they have since been overtaken by FaZe in overall value, TSM still remains as one of the most successful teams ever. Some notable players to play for TSM include:

  • Anthony "ZexRow" Colandro (Fortnite)
  • Hikaru "Hikaru" Nakamura (Chess.com)
  • Philip "ImperialHal" Dosen (Apex Legends)
  • William "Leffen" Hjelte (Super Smash Bros.)
  • Søren "Bjergsen" Bjerg (League of Legends)

FAQ

FaZe clan is undoubtedly the most popular organization in the eSports community, especially in the United States. There is no other brand like FaZe, and quite simply, they are just different. Every little kid who grows up playing video games wants to be in FaZe because they are the epicenter of cool gaming culture. Not to mention, they are worth over $1 billion dollars.

Which eSports team is the richest?

Depending on how you calculate it, a number of different teams could be the richest. Although Faze is widely regarded as the most popular and highly valued eSports team, they do not have the most profitable tournament earnings. That honor goes to Team Liquid, with a combined tournament earnings upwards of $38,000,000.

Who is the highest paid eSports gamer?

The highest paid gamer in the world is Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Interestingly, Ninja is not actually a very competitive player comparatively speaking despite making about $30 million in his career. Most of this revenue came from sponsorship deals with Red Bull and Mixer, which have been facilitated through his social media accounts and Twitch streams. He continues to play Fortnite and Valorant at a fairly high level, but has never really contended at major events.