The fact of not having face-to-face events in the esports sector in 2020 has taken a toll on many companies such as Ubisoft or Psyonix, causing the biggest attraction of esports to temporarily disappear.
However, this has caused some games to award more prize money in their online competitions, but it turns out that this has not been enough to unseat the player who has won the most money in 2020.
According esportsearnings, Sven Magnus Carlsen, with his nickname DrNykterstein, has been the competitor who has made the most money in esports awards in 2020. Curiosity? That competes in virtual chess.
Norwegian grandmaster and current world chess champion Magnus Carlsen was the highest-earning esports player in the world last year; the 31-year-old took home a whopping $ 510,587 for his unparalleled skill on Chess24 https://t.co/n0cgASG1HB pic.twitter.com/3cLvtjmHpK
– Forbes SportsMoney (@ForbesSports) January 13, 2021
As it points Forbes In collaboration with unikrn, Magnus Carlsen has reaped $ 510,587 throughout 2020 across more than 30 tournaments competing on Chess24. In fact, the rise of competitive chess has been seen during the past year and this confirms it.
Carlsen is world champion of Chess, obtaining the award in 2013 with 22 years, being Grandmaster (highest decoration in Chess) since he was 13 years old, and he has been the player with the highest rating of all time. In fact, has been the best for many years for the vast majority of chess fans.
Keep in mind that in 2020 the Dota 2 International has not been played, a competition that distributes more than 30 million dollars and that takes the 5 players who manage to lift the Champion’s Aegis to the top of the rankings.
Despite everything, it is a record for him and to see how chess continues to increase in popularity. In the last 365 days, the Twitch Chess category has increased its watch hours by 275%, more than 9000 average spectators and peaks of 160,000 in the whole category of the purple platform.
Is chess an electronic sport? The truth is that it is considered a sport as such, and in its online variant it could be said that it is an esport, although perhaps the most correct thing is to consider it a tactical and mental competition that serves as learning, inspiration and entertainment.