If any sport is on the rise right now, it’s esports. Over the last five years, the industry has grown considerably, and competitors known as esports players have come to the fore. These talented individuals are becoming more and more recognized, from fervent gaming fans on Twitch to the best spread betting traders in the City. As you will expect, there is a clamor to know who are the real top-ranking esports stars, and we have the lowdown on who to look out for.
Clayster, real name James Eubanks, is the number one Call of Duty player on the planet right now. The twenty-eight-year-old, who hails from Winchester, Virginia, is enjoying a remarkable 2020, having bagged his third CoD Championship title. In an illustrious career in the esports arena, the American has picked up over $1 million in prize money and secured himself a place in Call of Duty and competitive gaming history. And, there is still plenty more to come from Clayster, who is an active streamer and YouTuber alongside his position as an esports superstar.
It would be easy to list several more Call of Duty esports kings after Clayster, but PVDDR, full name Pablo Vitor Damo da Rosa, deserves his place in our listing. The Brazilian, who comes from the Porto Alegre region of the South American country, has been competing professionally by playing Magic: The Gathering for fifteen years, having made his debut in a Grand Prix in 2005. The thirty-three-year-old continues to prove himself one of the game’s most consistent performers, with two victories on the pro tour and two successes in the Grand Prix events so far. The 2019/20 season saw PVDDR take first place at the world championships.
Rainbow Six Siege is one of the top esports titles around, and Canadian, real name Troy Jaroslawski, leads the way in 2020 as the game’s number one competitive player. It’s no surprise to learn that Canadian is from Canada, and the twenty-four-year-old currently represents Spacestation Gaming in the esports arena. Canadian has been on the competitive scene since 2016, and since then has regularly found himself placing in the top two where events are concerned. The switch to Spacestation is already paying dividends if results are anything to go by, with two firsts and a second from three events. He’s be hoping to continue this form into 2021 and beyond.
We’re wrapping up this list with an esports player who is more than worth a mention. Lee Byeong Yeol, AKA Rogue, is the master when it comes to StarCraft II. The South Korean who used to go by the name of Savage, is plying his trade for the Jin Air Green Wings, having also represented Team 8 and Hwaseung Oz. Rogue regularly competes, and is often on the winning side, having been a champion close to forty times. He’s one of his nation’s most established and decorated esports starts, and at twenty-six, still has plenty of time to achieve more success. Rogue has been gaming competitively since 2010, but has found a new lease of life with his current team, and continues to brush aside opponents regularly.