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The Top 10 Most Valuable Esports Organizations of 2020

At this point, it’s no secret that esports is a booming industry that is only poised to continue to grow. Today, not only is video gaming a networking activity, but it has also become a regularly-scheduled, profit-generating pastime in the form of competitive gaming. Right at the forefront of this growing phenomenon are world class organizations that are homes to professional gaming’s most celebrated teams and players. On December 5, Forbes released its comprehensive report on the top ten most valuable esports companies, and to no one’s surprise, these orgs are raking in some serious cash.

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The rankings are as follows:

1. Team Solo Mid (TSM)- $410 million

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Team SoloMid is a premiere esports organization based in California. It was founded in September 2009 by Andy “Reginald” Dinh. As 7-time LCS champions, TSM also competes in Apex Legends, Valorant, Hearthstone, Super Smash Bros., Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG Mobile, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Magic: The Gathering Arena, and chess.

  • Value: $410 million
  • Estimated revenue: $45 million
  • Revenue from esports: 50%

2. Cloud9- $350 million

Cloud9 (C9) is a professional esports organization based in Los Angeles, California, formed in 2013. In 2020 alone, Cloud9 took home 13 championships across various games, and currently fields professional teams in chess, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Halo, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Overwatch, PUBG Mobile, Rainbow Six Siege, Super Smash Bros Melee, Teamfight Tactics, Valorant, and World of Warcraft.

  • Value: $350 million
  • Estimated revenue: $30 million
  • Revenue from esports: 70%

3.Team Liquid- $310 million

Team Liquid is a multi-regional professional esports organization based in the Netherlands that was founded in 2000. The organization has won the most prize money in the history of esports, the coveted 2019 Intel Grand Slam in four tournaments, and the title of four-time LCS champions. TL competes across seventeen premiere esports titles.

  • Value: $310 million
  • Estimated revenue: $28 million
  • Revenue from esports: 89%

4. Faze Clan- $305 million

FaZe Clan is a professional esports and entertainment organization headquartered in Los Angeles. The 25-time esports champions were founded in 2010, and have bridged the gap between gaming and content ever since. The organization has players from around the world, across multiple games, including Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, FIFA, Valorant, and Fortnite.

  • Value: $305 million
  • Estimated revenue: $40 million
  • Revenue from esports: 20%

5. 100 Thieves- $190 million

100 Thieves is a lifestyle brand and gaming organization based in Los Angeles, California. The young esports organization was created by former pro Call of Duty player Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag in 2017. Despite having entered the scene only a few of years ago, 100T fields teams in Call of Duty, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, League of Legends and Valorant, and is even partially owned by superstar musician, Drake. They were crowned the Valorant First Strike champions earlier this month. 

·         Value: $190 million

·         Estimated revenue: $16 million

·         Revenue from esports: 35%

6. Gen.G (Generation Gaming)- $185 million

Gen.G, is a professional esports organization founded in 2017 and is based in California, South Korea, and China. Its early success has led to four major championships, and prominent teams in Apex Legends, Call of Duty, Clash Royale, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, League of Legends, NBA2K, Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Valorant. Gen.G bought the only non-North American slot in the NBA 2k League, Tigers of Shanghai, in January of this year.

·         Value: $185 million

·         Estimated revenue: $14 million

·         Revenue from esports: 75%

7. Enthusiast Gaming- $180 million

Enthusiast Gaming is a Canadian digital media company specializing in video game journalism through four main pillars: Esports, Content, Talent and Entertainment. Founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Menashe Kestenbaum, the company’s esports division—Luminosity Gaming—consists of seven pro teams as one of the largest esports organizations in North America.

·         Value: $180 million

·         Estimated revenue: $95 million

·         Revenue from esports: 6%

8. G2 Esports- $175 million

G2 Esports is a European esports organization headquartered in Berlin, Germany, with players competing in League of Legends, Valorant, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Rainbow Six Siege, and iRacing. The organization was founded on February 24, 2014 as Gamers2.

·         Value: $175 million

·         Estimated revenue: $19 million

·         Revenue from esports: 80%

9. NRG Esports- $155 million

NRG Esports is a professional esports organization based in Los Angeles. It has rosters in Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, Smash Ultimate, Gears of War, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Call of Duty, Overwatch and Valorant. NRG was established in 2015 by Andy Miller and Mark Mastrov, co-owners of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and most recently were crowned the Overwatch League champions in October.

·         Value: $155 million

·         Estimated revenue: $20 million

·         Revenue from esports: 25%

10. Team T1- $150 million

T1 is a global, professional esports organization based in South Korea. Originally founded in 2003 as SK Telecom T1, or SKT T1, they would go on to become one of the most decorated esports orgs in the world with competitive teams in League of Legends, Valorant, PUBG, Fortnite, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Apex Legends, and Pokémon. T1’s League of Legends team has won the 2013, 2015, and 2016 editions of the League of Legends World Championships.

·         Value: $150 million

·         Estimated revenue: $15 million

·         Revenue from esports: 60%

Will these titans of the industry stay on top in 2021? Only time will tell.

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