- Wesley So has made playing chess a lucrative source of income
- Last year, his earning was estimated to be at $246,180 (over P11.8 million) to be named as the 12th highest esports earner of 2020
- Recently, So was invited to join the Grand Chess Tour which has a prize of US$1.275 million (P63.75 million)
Grandmaster Wesley So has been named as the 12th highest esports earner in 2020.
With people stuck at home due to the pandemic, there has also been a steady rise of interest in chess. This holds true as So and other leading chess players have been included in the list of top esports earners last year.
According to a recent research done by the US-based esports bookmaker Unikrn, So pocketed a total of $246,180 (over P11.8 million) to be named as the 12th highest esports earner of 2020. So, who was the Philippines’ number 1 chess player switching allegiance to the USA in 2014, has made playing chess a lucrative source of income.
So’s biggest chunk of earnings came from regaining the US Chess Championships trophy ($40,000), winning the Clutch Chess Champions Showdown ($40,000) and the Skilling Open ($30,000), and sharing the top spot with Magnus Carlsen in the Saint Louis Rapid Blitz Championship ($45,000).
The number spot for the top esports earner was bagged by So’s co-champion Carlsen is with $510,587 (P24,538,815). Another chess player, Hikaru Nakamura from Team USA is at rank 7 with $324,645 (P15,602,439).
The 2nd up to the 6th spots of the list are occupied by Call of Duty players.
Meanwhile, So is faced with another chance to bring pride after he was invited to be among the 10 main participants in the Grand Chess Tour. The tournament boasts a huge jackpot prize of US$1.275 million (P63.75 million) for the grand winner.