Which CDL Players Have The Highest Earnings?

Over the last ten years, the Call of Duty esports ecosystem has exploded. There are thousands of competitors eager to prove their mettle on some of the grandest and most valuable stages in the esports industry, and millions of dollars are changing hands every year. It’s one of the most popular shooters ever created, and by now, millions of people have watched a competitive Call of Duty match. It’s a telling story to look at the numbers and figure out which CDL players have the highest earnings.

Which COD players have won the most money? That’s an important question for stats fans around the world, as it’s a direct indicator of which players have been most successful in the space. At the time of writing, Call of Duty esports have turned seven players into millionaires – and some of them have turned that figure around in quite a short time. Many more players are shaping up to secure that kind of money – let’s learn about who they are.

Without further ado, here are the CDL players with the most money.

Which CDL Players Have Won The Most Money?

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Kenny is in tenth place on the list, but who is first?

Once upon a time, Call of Duty esports weren’t worth much in terms of prize money. It took a while for the multi-million-dollar prize pools to surface, but by today, the entire scene is worth hundreds of millions. That includes broadcast rights, merchandise sales, sponsorships, and salaries – it’s dramatically valuable. There are hundreds of players at the top-tier of COD’s esports landscape – which of them have earned the big bucks?

10. Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Williams

Kenny is an instantly recognisable force in the Call of Duty scene and has made a monumental $875,870 in COD winnings since the kick-off of his career. He’s a skilled player who has represented some of the biggest brands in COD esports, and he has a world championship ring to boot.

9. Preston ‘Priestahh’ Grainer

Priestahh is one of the most consistent players in the Call of Duty League. He skyrocketed up the charts in 2023 following two major wins and a world championship victory. These wins, combined with his prior chips, pushed him to earn $940,245 in Call of Duty’s esports scene, with $226,000 of that being accrued online.

8. Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat

SlasheR is another veteran player with years in the game, and in his time competing, he has won a substantial amount – $984,120. He has earned $75,000 competing in online tournaments, and even today, he remains one of the sharpest competitors in the game.

7. Seth ‘Scump’ Abner (Retired)

Scump is a phenomenal player with one of the biggest profiles in esports, boasting millions of followers. He’s recently retired, but before he dropped out of Call of Duty, he’d racked up $992,890 in winnings, secured a world championship, and made $165,000 in online tournaments.

6. McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel

Cellium has been a staple player in the Atlanta FaZe roster for years in the Call of Duty League. He’s one of the straightest shooters in the business and has racked up $1,269,056 from competing in Call of Duty’s esports scene, $346,000 of which was online.

5. James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks

Clayster is the longest-serving veteran player in the Call of Duty League. He is still hugely talented, though – and throughout his career, he has earned an incredible $1,148,729 from COD esports, $382,000 of which was generated online. He has three world championship rings and is constantly chasing a fourth to make history.

4. Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Retired)

Crimsix is one of the most legendary esports players in history. He spearheaded the growth of the COD esports scene and racked up almost forty major wins. Most of these came when earnings were low, but three world championship victories propelled him up the earnings charts. He made $1,321,545 before he retired, $380,000 of which was online.

3. Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson

Arcitys was once the highest-earning Call of Duty player in the world, but times have hit hard and he has slipped down a little. He has made a whopping $1,363,859 during his time as a Call of Duty competitor, $270,000 of which was online. He made the bulk of this money during the 2021 CDL season with Atlanta FaZe.

2. Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr

Simp is a master Call of Duty competitor with years under his belt of flying the FaZe banner. He’s a hugely talented player with two world championships to his name and countless other chips in his pocket. He has made $1,505,357 in his career, $346,000 of which was online. He’s only a short distance behind aBeZy, our number-one player.

1. Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris

Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris is the highest-earning CDL player ever – but not by a huge margin. He has made $1,521,950 during his career, of which $346,000 was earned competing online. He’s a two-time world champion who represents Atlanta FaZe, and he’s easily one of the best Call of Duty players in the world.

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