Who is The Most Successful Esports Team of All Time?

by Phirex

With interest in esports growing at a rapid rate, those sports fans who are new to the hobby will likely be keen to find a team to support.

There are lots of different esports teams for games like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and mergers between teams are also quite common, so it can be hard to keep up.

The best esports players are also regularly snapped up by other esports teams. It can sometimes take quite a lot of effort to stay on track with all of the latest esports developments.

So what is the most successful esports team of all time – and how can we work that out?

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What criteria are the most successful esports teams judged by?

There are a few different ways to judge the success of esports teams – and they are all valid.

Perhaps the most obvious place to start is with the total amount of winnings earned by esports teams. However, this measure does not take into account the fact that certain esports have available tournaments that can boast a much larger prize pot than others.

For example, the prizes on offer in what is a relatively new esport such as FIFA are completely different to the cash pots that can be won by esports teams who play Dota 2.

Another possible way to measure an esports team’s success would be by the number of tournament wins they have recorded. But some tournaments are naturally more important, prestigious and lucrative than others, so a form of weighting would surely be needed.

Perhaps it would also be pertinent to look at the followings of esports teams to judge which of them is the most successful. Maybe adding fan bases on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter with subscriber numbers on Twitch and YouTube would give a fair picture of success.

It is clear there are plenty of ways to come up with an idea of who is the most successful esports team – but which of them are at the top right now?

So what is the most successful esports team of all time?

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By most measures, Team Liquid can be considered among the most successful esports teams of all time. Team Liquid has banked more than $35 million in esports prize money so far, which is more than all of their rivals, though a focus on Dota 2 enables them to bring in more cash. 

Team Liquid scooped the top prize at The International 2017, its Counter-Strike Global Offensive team won the Intel Grand Slam prize in 2019 and they have four LCS titles in League of Legends.

Fortnite, Apex Legends and StarCraft II are among the other esports played by Liquid.

Challenging Team Liquid for earnings from esports is OG, which has racked up over $33 million in prize money. Johan Sundstein, Jesse Vainikka and Anathan Pham are among the top esports players to feature for OG, which has had most of its success by playing Dota 2. 

Winning The International 2018 and 2019 tournaments puts OG in the reckoning as one of the most successful esports of all time for sure – and they appear to be getting even stronger though Vainikka’s retirement from professional gaming will come as a blow for OG’s hopes.

Another esports team to have piled up millions of dollars in prize money is Evil Geniuses. Based in Seattle in the United States, EG initially focused on Counter-Strike but the esports team has now won nearly $20 million on Dota 2 – mainly thanks to their win at The International 2015.

EG also triumphed at the 2018 Call of Duty Championship.

Fnatic also has to be mentioned among the most successful esports teams of all time. This esports team won the maiden League of Legends World Championship in 2011 while its Counter-Strike team has claimed a trio of Global Offensive Majors.

More than $15 million in prize money has been banked by Fnatic to date.

Most esports fans would probably be split on Team Liquid and OG as the top esports teams of all time, but there is still plenty of time for new esports teams to make a splash at the top.

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