CHESS PLAYER WESLEY SO BAGS P11.8M, JOINS WORLD’S TOP ESPORT EARNERS
The world’s top esports earners and now an elite online chess players and gamers, Wesley So took all of these after his hard work.
From a report posted by FIDE (World Chess Federation) the Cavite-born Grandmaster is earning enough to live well in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he’s based now.
So, the Philippines’ top board player before switching to the US chess federation,
according to betting site Unikrn.com,
bagged a total of $246,180 (P11,831,411) in tournament winnings for 2020, putting him at No. 12 among the world’s top esports earners.
So far, world chess champion Magnus Carlsen is ranked No. 1 with $510,587 (P24,538,815) while Hikaru Nakamura, another Team USA mainstay, is at No. 7 with $324,645 (P15,602,439).
The 2nd up to the 6th spots are occupied by Call of Duty players.
The US Chess Championships fell on So in 2020 to pocket $40,000; shared top spot with Carlsen in the Saint Louis Rapid $ Blitz Championship for $45,000; and then ruled the Skilling Open, the inaugural leg of the $1.5 million Champions Chess Tour, for $30,000.
So also did well in other tournaments like the Speed Chess Championship where he advanced to the semifinals and the recent Airthings Masters, where he, Nakamura and Carlsen made the quarterfinals.
Unlike Carlsen and Nakamura, however, So has no other visible source of income.
Carlsen is backed by Unibet and is reportedly earning even more from sponsorships than from tournament play.
While, Nakamura has nearly 600,000 followers on his Twitch Channel and is the first chess player to be signed up by esports giant TSM.
The very reason So strives to improve his play. The better he gets, the more money he pockets.