StarCraft II Esports

StarCraft II

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$41,371,526.66 From 7401 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2010-02-28 to

StarCraft II (abbreviated as SC2) is a military science fiction real-time strategy game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. A sequel to the award-winning 1998 video game StarCraft and its expansions, the game was released worldwide on July 27, 2010. It is split into three installments: the base game with the subtitle Wings of Liberty, and two expansion packs, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.

Set in the 26th century in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy, the game revolves around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms; and the Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers. Wings of Liberty focuses on the Terrans, while the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will focus on the Zerg and Protoss, respectively.

As with StarCraft: Brood War, the best StarCraft II players are predominantly Korean players. There have been notable non-Korean players (referred to as "foreigners") that could stand toe-to-toe with Koreans, such as NaNiwa, Stephano, HuK and Scarlett. Many StarCraft II players transitioned from older real-time strategy games, including WarCraft III and Command & Conquer.

The StarCraft II World Championship Series is Blizzard's own league for the game. It is separated into three distinct regions around the world. WCS points are awarded to each region, as well as WCS-partnered events. The top 16 players with the most points qualify for the Global Finals at Blizzcon, where they compete for a $250,000 cash prize pool.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Finland SerralJoona Sotala$1,483,291.82
2.Korea, Republic of MaruCho, Sung Choo$1,296,583.05
3.Korea, Republic of DarkPark, Ryung Woo$1,092,559.07
4.Korea, Republic of RogueLee, Byung Ryul$1,074,715.88
5.Korea, Republic of INnoVationLee, Shin Hyung$795,694.96
6.Italy ReynorRiccardo Romiti$762,985.59
7.Korea, Republic of TYJun, Tae Yang$699,667.92
8.Korea, Republic of ZestJoo, Sung Wook$690,082.59
9.Korea, Republic of sOsKim, Yoo Jin$664,999.39
10.Korea, Republic of soOEu, Yoon Su$634,083.02
11.Korea, Republic of StatsKim, Dae Yeob$628,876.30
12.Korea, Republic of ByuNByun, Hyun Woo$603,456.87
13.Korea, Republic of SolarKang, Min Soo$602,515.88
14.United States NeebAlex Sunderhaft$589,644.76
15.Korea, Republic of herOKim, Joon Ho$558,951.03
16.Korea, Republic of ClassicKim, Doh Woo$553,384.54
17.Korea, Republic of MCJang, Min Chul$527,271.79
18.Korea, Republic of LifeLee, Seung Hyun$475,900.67
19.Korea, Republic of PartinGWon, Lee Sak$474,453.54
20.Canada ScarlettSasha Hostyn$466,316.87
21.Mexico SpeCialJuan Carlos Lopez$464,579.08
22.Korea, Republic of PoltChoi, Sung Hoon$451,943.24
23.China OliveiraLi, Peinan$445,480.25
24.Korea, Republic of CureKim, Doh Wook$431,862.77
25.Korea, Republic of MMAMoon, Sung Won$417,169.17

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$8,920,935.8221.56%


» Dota 2-$306,246,904.38
» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-$120,957,856.62
» League of Legends-$68,135,018.13
» Overwatch+$6,112,301.28
» Hearthstone+$11,339,980.84
» Heroes of the Storm+$22,906,807.28
» StarCraft: Brood War+$33,815,610.98
» WarCraft III+$35,066,626.15

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$24,031,490.98
2.China China$1,891,038.44
3.Finland Finland$1,663,771.28
4.United States United States$1,530,274.17
5.France France$1,407,768.51
6.Germany Germany$1,357,687.48
7.Poland Poland$1,273,254.99
8.Canada Canada$1,033,183.11
9.Italy Italy$804,657.99
10.Sweden Sweden$735,589.46

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United Kingdom 2GDJames HardingHost
United Kingdom ApolloShaun ClarkAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States ArtosisDan StemkoskiAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States Day[9]Sean PlottAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States DestinySteven BonnellCommentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
United States djWHEATMarcus GrahamCommentator, Content Creator, Host
United States floFlorence YaoObserver
Netherlands GrubbyManuel SchenkhuizenAnalyst, Commentator
United States iNcontroLGeoff RobinsonAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Host
Germany NarutOSilvano BovoCommentator, Tournament Organizer
United States NathaniasNathan FabrikantAnalyst, Commentator
Australia PiGJared KrenselCommentator
United Kingdom ReDeYePaul ChalonerHost
Netherlands RotterdaMKevin van der KooiAnalyst, Commentator
Germany TaKeDennis GehlenCommentator, Content Creator, Host, Tournament Organizer
United States Temp0Kwame MensahContent Creator
France ToDYoan MerloAnalyst, Commentator
United Kingdom TotalBiscuitJohn BainCommentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer