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Astralis’ clutch god Andreas “Xyp9x” Højsleth is the highest earning CS:GO pro player and last night he got even richer. As Astralis cemented their position as the best team to ever play CS:GO, Xyp9x also broke into the top 40 of the highest earning esports professionals across all games.
Xyp9x’s winnings amount to 1.42M, followed closely by teammate Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen’s 1.41M, ranked #41. The two are gaining on Dota 2 veteran and fellow Dane Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen with his $1.45M, which he won on the back of two Major grand finals (one win) and his $685K TI 6 silver.
Xyp9x is the first non-Dota 2 player to be ranked #40 or higher, as Valve’s MOBA dominates the prize payout scene through its eight-figure TI prize pools. With five $1M Majors this year alone, Dota 2 will hand out more cash than CS:GO in 2019, even without TI’s millions.
When it comes to overall earnings, none is even close to reaching the achievement of Team Liquid captain Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi. The Dota 2 veteran sits at $4.16M in winnings, good $400K ahead of #2, OG captain and reigning TI champion Johan “n0tail” Sundstein.