Skillz: Mobile’s top esports athletes won $33 million in the past decade

The top mobile esports athletes won $33 million in the past 10 years, according to mobile esports platform Skillz. And seven of the top 10 players are women.

Skillz said that the No. 1 player in the world for its mobile esports platform in 2019 is Jennifer “HestiaX” Tu. She ranks sixth on the list of the world’s top-earning esports players across the entire esports industry. She won $3.96 million in 2019 and $5.33 million during the past decade in mobile esports.

Top mobile esports athletes of the decade:

Above: The top mobile esports winners of the decade.

Image Credit: Skillz

“The growth of esports prizes and prestige reflects a new digital age where billions of people are playing mobile games,” said Andrew Paradise, CEO and founder of Skillz, in a statement. “The top 10 mobile esports athletes of 2019 have tripled their earnings, winning $24 million compared to the $8 million of 2018’s top players — a testament to the growth of Skillz and esports as a whole.”

Top mobile esports athletes of 2019

Above: The top mobile esports winners of 2019.

Image Credit: Skillz

“I never imagined that I’d become one of the top mobile gamers in the world,” said Jennifer ‘HestiaX’ Tu, a Harvard University senior, in a statement. “Skillz lets me flex my video game talent and take it to the highest level, competing against millions worldwide.”

Esports prizes have also increased across the board, increasing by 32% from 2018 to 2019. Esports athletes such as Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf, the 2019 Fortnite World Cup champion, earned $3 million this year in a single tournament — winning more prize money than Tiger Woods did at the 2019 Masters.

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The top Skillz competitors are ranked based on total tournament prizes won by each player, excluding any entry fees paid to enter those tournaments.

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