June 19, 2024

Have you ever considered the possibility of earning a living through esports in any of the 54 African countries? How would you persuade your parents and community that being an esports athlete is a legitimate career? Here are some statistics to back you up!

In 2023 South Africa dominated the statistics on various earning slices including top esports earners from Africa according to statistics and data collected and reported by Esports Earnings website.

What makes South Africa Stand out from the rest?  A look at the dominance of South Africa in esports within Africa and the factors propelling the country’s success cut across infrastructure, economic conditions, and social dynamics in the country.

Photo Credit-Bravado Gaming

Esports and gaming rely heavily on internet connectivity especially in competing and engaging in international events. South Africa generally has better internet infrastructure compared to many other African countries, providing reliable and high-speed internet access essential for online gaming making it possible for more South African gamers and esports athletes to participate frequently in major events.

A look into the number of gaming cafes, esports arenas, and technology hubs that support the growth of the esports ecosystem in South African as compared to many other African counties shows the dominance of south Africa in number and the level tech investment in these hubs. Access to games and by a larger number of the population means there more people playing these games and at higher levels compared to other countries in Africa

Game servers are crucial for an enjoyable online gaming experience and play a significant role in the success of online esports tournaments. South Africa stands out as one of the few African nations hosting a variety of game servers and platforms, catering to both the local and continental gaming communities. These servers support popular games such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), and Fortnite.

Photo Credit – Bravado Gaming

The economic, investment, and sponsorship interests in the South African economy draw more investment and sponsorship from both local and international companies interested in gaming and esports, owing to its relatively larger economy and market size compared to other African nations. Most esports organisations in South Africa depend on this form of investment to stay relevant and sustainable. With substantial investment, they have managed to offer significant visibility and returns for these investing organisations.

TOP EARNING AFRICAN ESPORTS ATHLETES – 2023

NameGame TagCountryTeamGameTournaments Earned
JTJTSouth AfricaUnknownTotal earnings: $196,451.14
SonicSonicSouth AfricaBravado GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $122,019.36
SnowyySnowyySouth AfricaGoliath GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $58,291.50
FadeyFadeySouth AfricaGoliath GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $55,488.79
DarthDarthSouth AfricaEnergy EsportsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $51,191.50
2Die42Die4South AfricaUnknownTotal earnings: $48,099.53
KaylanKaylanSouth AfricaWhite RabbitCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $47,899.86
BeastBeastSouth AfricaGoliath GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $47,083.33
DetronyDetronySouth AfricaEnergy EsportsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $44,272.50
ElusiveElusiveSouth AfricaBig 5 EsportsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveTotal earnings: $39,558.70
https://www.esportsearnings.com/players
NameGame TagCountryTeamGameTournaments Earned
SonicSonicSouth AfricaBravado GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveESL One: Cologne 2023, IEM Katowice 2023
SnowyySnowyySouth AfricaGoliath GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveESL One: Cologne 2023, IEM Katowice 2023
FadeyFadeySouth AfricaGoliath GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveESL One: Cologne 2023, IEM Katowice 2023
DarthDarthSouth AfricaEnergy EsportsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveESL One: Cologne 2023, IEM Katowice 2023
KaylanKaylanSouth AfricaWhite RabbitCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveESL One: Cologne 2023, IEM Katowice 2023
JTJTSouth AfricaUnknownVarious tournaments
2Die42Die4South AfricaUnknownVarious tournaments
BeastBeastSouth AfricaGoliath GamingCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveVarious tournaments
DetronyDetronySouth AfricaEnergy EsportsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveVarious tournaments
ElusiveElusiveSouth AfricaBig 5 EsportsCounter-Strike: Global OffensiveVarious tournaments
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