10 highest-paid female professional gamers in the world

Gaming has once been dominantly known only for boys but times have changed. As esports become a progressive community, a lot of women have now made their way in and have shown the world that girls can also ace a game. We recognize these phenomenal, highest-paid professional female gamers who are thriving in the international esports scene.

Author’s note: We listed the players below in ascending order. Their total earnings are computed in US dollars.

10. Sarah Harrison

Player ID: Sarah Lou

Highest paying game: Dead or Alive 4

Total earnings: $50,000.00

Sarah Harrison is a British player who made a quick buck from a single tournament. She won the Dead or Alive 4 tournament from the 2008 Championship Gaming Series, sharing half of the $100,000 prize money with her teammate.

9. Janet Rose

Player ID: xchocobars, JanetRose

Highest paying game: Fortnite

Other games played: Apex Legends, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics

Total earnings: $53,125.00

Janet Rose is famous for streaming her gameplays in her Twitch and YouTube channel. This 25-year-old Canadian gamer earned her overall prize money from 14 tournaments, having Fortnite her highest paying game which amounted to $28,350.00.

8. Marjorie Bartell

Player ID: Kasumi Chan

Highest paying game: Dead or Alive 4

Total earnings: $55,000.00

Marjorie Bartell got her nickname from her favorite DoA character, Kasumi. She was the first female gamer to make it to the finals of CGS in 2006, but her big break was in the following year when she placed first in the Dead or Alive 4 tournament CGS 2007.

7. Tina Perez


Highest paying game: Fortnite

Total earnings: $64,813.80

Tina Perez, a 21-year-old gamer from Texas, has been playing competitively for almost 12 years for multiple titles. She’s been constantly playing battle royale games until she got fond of Fortnite, which led her and another gamer, Madison Mann, to be the first female Fortnite duo under Gen.G ESports.

6. Rumay Wang

Player ID: Hafu

Highest paying game: Teamfight Tactics

Other games played: Bloodline Champions, Hearthstone, Magic: The Gathering Arena, World of Warcraft

Total earnings: $70,966.67

Rumay “Hafu” Wang started playing World of Warcraft when she was in high school. Now, she is streaming full-time on Twitch and has won multiple tournaments of Hearthstone, World of WarCraft, and Teamfight Tactics. She is currently signed with G2 Esports.

5. Ricki Ortiz

Player ID: Ricky Ortiz

Highest paying game: Street Fighter V

Other games played: Capcom vs. SNK, Marvel vs Capcom, Street Fighter, Tekken

Total earnings: $81,366.18

Ricki Ortiz, better known as HelloKittyRicki, is an American fighting game player who represents Evil Geniuses. She has consistently ranked highly in the Evolution Championship Series for Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom. Born male, she came out gay in 2003 and later on identified herself as a female in 2014.

4. Katherine Gunn

Player ID: Mystik

Highest paying game: Halo: Reach

Other games played: Dead or Alive 4, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, H1Z1, Halo, Super Puzzle Fighter

Total earnings: $122,000.00

In 2016, the Guinness Book of World named Katherine Gunn as the highest-paid female gamer. She was a runner-up in the Dead or Alive 4 tournament for two consecutive years and won the second season of WCG Ultimate Gamer in 2010.

3. Siobhan Bielamowicz

Player ID: HaganeNoTema

Highest paying game: Attack on Titan Tribute Game

Other games played: Super Smash Bros: Ultimate, Brawlhalla

Total earnings: $122,716.66

Siobhan Bielamowicz is an Australian gamer who won 22 Attack on Titan Tribute Game tournaments. She is not only the best female player but also one of the top players in Australia. Her highest prize money so far was from 1v1 Damage Duel Championship 2018, Akina World Championship III, and AoG Summer Akina Olympics II.

2. Li, Xiao Meng

Player ID: Liooon

Highest paying game: Hearthstone

Total earnings: $224,200.00

Li Xiao Meng, also known as Liooon, is the first woman to win the Hearthstone GrandMasters – Global Finals and Blizzcon Esports tournament, defeating Brian “bloodyface” Eason, and earning the grand prize of $200,00. The Chinese gamer also won two other tournaments: WESG 2017 – Asia Pacific Finals and World Electronic Sports Games 2017.

1. Sasha Hostyn

Player ID: Scarlett

Highest paying game: StarCraft II

Other game played: DOTA 2

Total Earnings: $358,027.33

Sarah “Scarlett” Hostyn, a professional Canadian StarCraft II player, is the highest-earning female esports player up to date. She started her career in 2011, as she had participated in a NESL Iron Lady and won two tournaments consecutively. Out of the 197 tournaments she competed in, 13.97% of her total prize money earnings were from IEM XII – PyeongChang (SC2) happened last 2018. She is currently a member of the Chinese team Brave Star Gaming.

Gaming has now been recognized as a sport and we feel that these women equally deserve the same recognition that their accolades usually get. We’re excited to see these and other ladies in action again once various esports competition resume. Stay safe and happy gaming, everyone!



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