A chess world champion has been revealed as the highest-earning esports player of 2020, as reported by Unikrn.
Magnus Carlsen, a 30-year-old Norwegian chess champion, reportedly took home $511,000 (£373,666) in prize money from his wins on Chess24 last year. This figure is higher than any other esports professional across all games.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive did not create any top earners, but was the game with the highest prize money in 2020, offering a total of $15,808,057 (£11,559,562) across the year.
The statistics compiled by Unikrn show that the average age of a top 50 player was 23 years old. Seven teenagers also appeared on the list, bringing home over $1.7 million (£1,243,116) collectively.
The data also depicted a sharp fall in the total prize money available to esports professionals, dropping from $55 million (£40,218,475) to $11 million (£8,043,695) in just one year.
A spokesperson for Unikrn said in a press release: “When people think of esports, they probably have the likes of CS:GO, DOTA or League of Legends in mind, but not necessarily chess.
“Magnus Carlsen is a fantastic champion and has dominated the circuit for a number of years, helping raise the profile of the sport. It’s great to see an esport such as chess come to prominence in this way.”