The amount of prize money in Call of Duty esports may not have the same figures as the likes of Dota 2, but it hasn’t stopped numerous players from collecting massive amounts of prize money over their careers.
Since the 2011 CoD XP, which featured the esport’s first $1 million prize pool, there have been five more events with $1 million or more on the line. This has allowed players to dedicate more time and energy to the game and truly make competitive CoD into a career. Some have made those careers very financially beneficial.
Here are the top 10 Call of Duty players in offline event earnings.
10) Dillon “Attach” Price – $293,750
The face of FaZe Clan was not in the top 10 when WWII was released. But with a CWL Pro League Stage One championship and some good placings leading up to it, Attach added a lot of money to his bank account.
The 2015 world champion is one of the most recognizable and popular players in the esport and has seen a lot of success in his career. Since winning the 2015 Call of Duty Championship and becoming the youngest world champion, Attach has won five major events and become one of the most dependable stars in Call of Duty history.
9) James “Clayster” Eubanks – $367,284
Clayster is arguably the most vocal and exciting player in Call of Duty history. He is not afraid to stand up and yell across a venue at his opponents after he makes a good play. And it’s worked for him a lot to this point as seen from his prize earnings total.
Winning his sole world championship in 2015 was the shining achievement of his career, but Clayster had success before the title and since being crowned a world champion. Just last year, he experienced his highest-earning year from events since the Advanced Warfare season when he won the world title.
Clayster currently plays for eUnited, one of the top teams in the world. At the first two open events this season, eUnited was just one round away each time from defeating eventual champions Team Kaliber. In the other three open events, Clayster and eUnited finished within the top six twice, even reaching third place at the CWL Seattle Open in April.
8) Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov – $393,750
Apathy’s earning success has majorly ramped up in the last few years. His world championship win with Team Envy in 2016 was undoubtedly his largest paycheck, but his consistent success has allowed him to climb up the ranks steadily.
Although many were not expecting Apathy to be on a world-title-contesting team when he joined Evil Geniuses before WWII, the team proved that they are a major threat with a second-place finish at CWL Seattle in April.
7) John Perez – $423,075
Named the MVP of the 2016 CWL Championship in which his team won, John has collected a large portion of his total in the last few years. Outside of a fifth-place finish at the inaugural world title tournament in 2013, John’s 10 highest-earning events were within the last two years.
After falling just short of a second-consecutive world championship, John departed from Team Envy and joined Luminosity, where he has won two tournaments and finished near the top each event.
6) Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat – $433,375
In the last few years, there have been very few players that could correctly say they’re better than SlasheR. Known for his consistency and incredible slaying, SlasheR won the CWL Championship 2016 with Team Envy.
Unfortunately for him, Team Envy struggled in WWII, which led to the assault rifle player to leave the roster and join Rise Nation. In his first event with Rise, SlasheR got back to his winning ways and walked away with the CWL Seattle grand prize in April.
5) Matthew “FormaL” Piper – $495,300
FormaL is arguably the most talented Call of Duty player in history, and for majority of his career, he played for one of the best Call of Duty teams in history as a part of OpTic Gaming.
For the past three years, there has been no denying that OpTic is a threat to win any event. And for the most part, they did that. Since the beginning of Advanced Warfare, OpTic won 18 championships. In many of those tournaments, FormaL shined as the best player on his team and one of the best in the entire event.
The team made changes after struggling in WWII, however, which saw FormaL depart from OpTic and join Luminosity. Despite joining a new team after a long tenure with OpTic, many are still expecting FormaL to add some more titles and money to his historic career with LG.
4) Seth “Scump” Abner – $552,770
The most popular player in Call of Duty, Scump finally won his first world championship in 2017 by defeating archrivals Team Envy in the grand finals. That win not only gave him one of the only achievements that he was missing from his career resume, it added over $100,000 to his prize money total.
3) Jordan “JKap” Kaplan – $616,150
Although JKap was not known for his play during the advanced movement era (2015-2017), he won two of the three world championships during that era. And in the only CWL Championship event that he did not win, he finished second.
His prize winning total has continued to grow in WWII thanks to Luminosity winning the Northern Arena Showdown in December and the CWL Birmingham Open in April, and placing within the top eight at every event this season.
2) Ian “Crimsix” Porter – $635,675
Crimsix is the winningest player in Call of Duty. His 31 titles has obviously allowed him to climb up this far in prize money, but his two world titles helped the most. Winning the most prestigious tournament in the esport in both 2014 and 2017, Crimsix collected nearly $250,000 from just those two events.
Staying with Scump on OpTic while bringing in two new players, Crimsix will look to add more titles to his collection.
1) Damon “Karma” Barlow – $673,600
It should come as no surprise that the only three-time world champion in Call of Duty history is at the top of this list. With world championship wins in 2013, 2014, and 2017, Karma has proven to be one of the most successful players not only in Call of Duty, but in esports as a whole.
Karma played for OpTic Gaming from April 2015 to May 2018. And in that time, he added 13 titles to his trophy case and hundreds of thousands of dollars to his bank account. Although Karma revealed that he would not be pursuing a fourth world title in 2018 after being replaced on OpTic, he did not rule out a return for Black Ops 4.
All tournament earnings were recorded via CoD Gamepedia.