The CS:GO competitive landscape is experiencing a major shift in power. While Danish players still dominate the top spots when it comes to earnings, other stars are surging behind them to cut the lead.
Back in 2018, Astralis stars Nicolai ‘dev1ce’ Reedtz, Peter ‘dupreeh’ Rasmussen and Andreas ‘Xyp9x’ Højsleth became the first CS:GO stars to ever break the $1 million threshold in prize money won.
Since then, and their Major wins at IEM Katowice 2019 and StarLadder Berlin, they’ve been joined in the millionaires club by teammates Lukas ‘gla1ve’ Rossander and Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif.
Astralis have given up their stranglehold on every tournament, and their dominant lineup is no longer around – with dev1ce having left for NIP and dupreeh and Magisk also on gone. However, four of those five players still dominate the list of the highest-earning stars in the game.
In fact, they’ve taken the lead at the top of the table to such a level that hitting $2 million each is only a matter of time.
19 players have now broken $1 million each
While Astralis were the first to clearly break the $1 million ceiling, there are now 19 players in the millionaire club. This includes the core of the old SK-Luminosity squad, as well as the CIS squad of Oleksandr ‘s1mple’ Kostyliev, Denis ‘electronic’ Sharipov, Ilya “Perfecto” Zalutskiy and Kirill ‘Boombl4’ Mikhailov, who have surged in this ranking after NAVI’s recent burst of success.
s1mple, who was named the MVP of PGL Major Stockholm, has broken into the top five in the ranking following NAVI’s quarter-final finish in ESL Pro League 15, leapfrogging Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif.
The tournament in Düsseldorf saw another player enter CS:GO’s millionaires club. Russel ‘Twistzz’ Van Dulken, who helped FaZe to win the ESL Pro League crown after a dominant playoff run and now has the recent PGL Antwerp Major under win under his belt, has now amassed $1,111,693.10 in prize money.
PGL Major Antwerp MVP Håvard ‘rain’ Nygaard is one of the two newest additions to CS:GO’s millionaires club after helping FaZe to win the Belgian event. The other one is Ilya ‘Perfecto’ Zalutskiy, who joins three of his NAVI teammates on the list.
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dupreeh has taken over Astralis teammate Xyp9x as CS:GO’s highest earner of all time. But the 29-year-old Dane’s grip on the top spot is loosening after he missed the last months of the 2021 season following his benching by Astralis. He is now only about $11,000 ahead of the ‘Clutch Minister’, who recently leapfrogged dev1ce to second place.
s1mple is the only non-Danish player in the top five. The Ukrainian superstar walked into this elite list in large part thanks to NAVI’s success in 2021, when the team won a series of international titles, including the PGL Stockholm Major. NAVI have continued their run of form, albeit without first-place finishes, towards the half-way mark of 2022.
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