The top 10 highest-earning players in Call of Duty history

Which players have made the most money playing Call of Duty?

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The amount of prize money in Call of Duty esports may not match the same figures seen in titles like Dota 2, but that hasn’t stopped numerous players from collecting massive paychecks over their careers.

Since the 2011 CoD XP, which featured the esport’s first $1 million prize pool, there have been nine more world title events, all of which have boasted large prize pools. 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 event earnings.

Top 10 highest-earning players in Call of Duty history

10) Octane – $786,323

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Long regarded as one of the best assault rifle players in Call of Duty, Octane finally won a world championship when he and the Los Angeles Thieves completed a remarkable end-of-season run to close the 2022 season.

With a world title among his accolades, Octane now is among the highest-earning CoD players of all time.

9) Karma – $807,112

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It should come as no surprise that the first three-time world champion in CoD history is on this list. With world championship wins in 2013, 2014, and 2017, Karma proved to be one of the most successful players in esports as a whole.

After a disappointing start to the inaugural CDL season, Karma abruptly retired.

8) FormaL – $850,120

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FormaL was arguably the most talented Call of Duty player in history, and for the majority of his career, he played for OpTic Gaming, a perennial powerhouse.

After switching from Halo, where he won more than $30,000, FormaL won numerous titles, including the 2017 CWL Championship. He retired from competing following the 2021 CDL season, ending his career with 23 total LAN event wins.

7) Scump – $1,063,130

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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 he was missing from his career résumé, but it also added over $100,000 to his prize money total.

6) Cellium – $1,103,649

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Similar to Atlanta FaZe teammate Simp, Cellium has been incredibly valuable to every team he has been on since he became eligible to compete among the pros.

In addition to a second-place finish at the 2020 CDL Championship and 2022 CDL Championship, as well as three Major titles in 2021, Cellium and FaZe topped off their incredible 2021 season with a lucrative win at the CDL Championship.

5) Clayster – $1,178,072

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Clayster is arguably the most vocal and exciting player in esports. He’s 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.

He won the esport’s world title in 2015, 2019, and 2020, becoming one of the first two players in console esports history to break the $1 million prize earnings mark.

4) Simp – $1,321,203

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Since becoming eligible to compete on the pro circuit during the 2019 season, Simp has been the best player in the world. In the less than four full seasons he has been competing with the most skilled teams out there, Simp has won two world titles, qualified for four Champs grand finals, and won the 2019 CWL Championship MVP and 2021 CDL season MVP.

3) aBeZy – $1,361,906

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Known as one of the fastest and most aggressive players in the world, aBeZy’s impact on his teams since becoming a pro player is invaluable. The slightly older half of the “Tiny Terrors” duo, aBeZy has already won two world titles and qualified for four consecutive world championship grand finals, a massively impressive feat.

2) Crimsix – $1,384,543

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The winningest player in Call of Duty history, Crimsix joined his former Empire teammate Clayster as the first two players in console esports history to earn more than $1 million from prize winnings with their world title win at the 2020 Call of Duty League Championship.

His several dozen of LAN event wins have obviously allowed him to climb up that far, but his three world titles helped the most. By winning the most prestigious tournament in the esport in 2014, 2017, and 2020, Crimsix collected $550,000 from just those three events.

1) Arcitys – $1,389,237

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Like his twin brother Prestinni, Arcitys had his biggest payday when they, as a part of eUnited, won the 2019 CWL Championship. That was until, however, Arcitys and his dominant Atlanta FaZe team ran through the rest of the league to win the 2021 Call of Duty League Championship.


All tournament earnings were recorded via Esports Earnings. This article was last updated at 1:47pm CT on Aug. 23, 2022.