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Top 10 Highest Paid Female Gamers

Highest Paid Female Gamers

By MA KhalidPublished about a year ago 4 min read
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Top 10 Highest Paid Female Gamers
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When video games first came out, no one expected it to be a lucrative career path. However, the situation has shifted over time. Though sports enthusiasts do not consider video games to be a sport, the truth is that video gamers walk away with large sums of money, enough to put them on par with some of the world's greatest athletes. The gaming scenario has changed not only in terms of the money that players of gaming companies earn, but also in terms of the players' image. The general stereotype of video gamers as obese bespectacled nerds is no longer applicable. They are cool and quick.

10. Alice “Ali” Lew

Alice Lew, also known as Ali in the community, is a key member of the SK-Ladies Counter-Strike Team, one of the most well-known names in the game. Lew has assisted her team in defeating every major competitor in Counter-Strike. Her first tournament, in 2006, netted her $800. She competed in the competition again two years later, this time for $4,000. She has competed in five tournaments and has shown great promise. Her current net worth is $8,000 USD.

9. Alana “Ms. X” Reid

Alana Reid is recognized by the name Ms. X in the gaming community, and is considered one of the fiercest women to watch out for in the gaming arena. This Canadian woman, who is just one tournament old, is still a potential force to reckon with. She participated in the game Quake III Arena in 2005, and successfully secured the position of a runner-up, facing tough competition. Her total earning from gaming worth $10,000 was won by her in this single tournament, showing great skill.

8. Livia “Liefje” Teernstra

Livia Teernstra assumes the name Liefje when she enters the virtual world of the games. She left her fellow gamers with surprise with her stunning performance in a competition held in New Zealand where she played Quake and Unreal Tournament. She then dominated a tournament which was held in Europe. She played Dead or Alive 4 in the competition, and gave a tough time to her competitors. She played two tournaments and placed 3rd in both, and bagging her career earning of $14,000.

7. Jamie “Missy” Pereyda

Jamie Pereyda, a plain-looking girl from the United States, is anything but plain once she gets her hands and mind into the game QuakeCon III. Pereyda is known as Missy in the video game world, and she is a strong contender in the game of her choice. She competed in the Ms. QuakeCon II competition in 2005, and successfully destroyed the other competitors. Her total prize money was $15,000, which she won in just one tournament.

6. Rumay “Hafu” Wang

Rumay Wang, also known as Hafu in the gaming community, is a World of Warcraft world champion. She has earned more than $14,000 in just four tournaments of the world's most renowned role-playing game. While the rest of the world - or, at least, the gaming world - wants to step into her shoes, she has chosen to explore other areas, such as Bloodline Champions, where she has earned $2,000 in one tournament. Her total earnings are $16,000 per year.

5. Vanessa Arteaga

Vanessa Arteaga is a video game superstar who was chosen first in the draft of the Championship Gaming Series' list of players for the video game league. She is well-known for her prowess in the arena of fighting games, with Dead or Alive 4 being her favorite. In 2008, she won a cash prize of $15,000 as the championship prize money. A year before she received her large winnings, she was awarded $5,000 for winning a tournament. Her earnings total $20,000.00.

4. Sarah “Sarah Lou” Harrison

Known in the gaming community as Sarah Lou, Sarah Harrison is the only woman from Britain who have secured a position among the top earning professional gaming women. She chose Dead or Alive 4 because of its simplicity and cleanness and emerged champion in the one tournament she played, all thanks to the perfect collaboration between her own skills and a strong team, backed by regular practices. As the prize money, she took home a whopping $50,000 which is her net worth.

3. Marjorie “Kasumi Chan” Bartell

Marjorie Bartell, a Software Engineering major, takes on the persona of Kasumi Chan, inspired by Kasumi from Dead or Alive. She is a Dead or Alive 4 player, and she was a member of the team that won the game in 2007. She left the tournament $50,000 richer. Just a year before, she finished second in the same game and walked away with $5,000. She has worked as an intern or gamer for several companies. Her total gaming earnings are $55,000.

2. Sasha “Scarlett” Hostyn

Sasha Hostyn from Canada plays with the name Scarlett, and is one of the most popular women in the world of gaming, participating at most major competitions. Her skillset is sharp especially in StarCraft II, and is a diligence gamer. She has partaken in about 30 tournaments since 2011, and is not only renowned in the gaming community but is also a wealthy gamer, winning huge cash prizes that sum her worth up to $100,000. She is considered one of the world’s best StarCraft II players.

1. Katherine “Mystik” Gunn

Katherine Gunn, also known as Mystik in the gaming world, is the highest-paid female gamer. Her specialty is Dead or Alive 4, a popular game with large-money tournaments. She defeated top contenders in both Dead or Alive 4 and Halo: Reach in just three years. She finished third in 2007, earning $15,000, and third in 2008, earning $7000. In 2010, she won the Halo: Reach championship, earning $100,000 in addition to fame. She is already worth $120,000 in her short career.

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