Top 10 most successful esports teams from Asia in 2021
Esports is a spectacle where two teams compete against each other in a specific video game. Over the past decade, esports has seen significant growth when it comes to popularity and viewership. Numerous games, especially online ones, have held regional and international tournaments to honour the best of the best. Of course, with international success comes huge payouts for teams and players. Generally speaking, the most successful esports organisations are the ones who earn the most money.
When it comes to video games, what comes first to the minds of most people is how dominant Asians are, since Asians are always stereotyped as people who perform well in whatever they do. In some games, Asians are indeed dominant but there are also instances where they perform poorly compared to their Western counterparts. Still, if you want to know which Asian esports teams are the most successful, here are the top 10 highest-earning organisations from the region in 2021, arranged from the tenth-highest all the way up:
Royal Never Give Up
Royal Never Give Up (RNG) is a League of Legends team founded in China in 2012 as Royal Club before rebranding to its current name in 2015. The team competes in the LPL in China and has dominated the local league since 2016. It also qualified twice for the Mid-Season Invitational, one of which was in 2021. So far this year, RNG has accumulated around $841,000.
Team Aster (or Tea Master according to some fans who misspell the name) is a DOTA 2 team founded in China in 2018. Over the past three years, Team Aster managed to reach the top 16 in the world rankings and because of this, they qualified for the first tier match of this year’s The International. Team Aster has accumulated around $863,000 in 2021. If Team Aster qualifies for future tournaments, they will also be seen in the listings for betting sites like Bitcasino.
EDward Gaming is a League of Legends team founded in China in 2013. In the past, the team also had players taking part in Hearthstone and Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) but focusing on LoL paid EDward Gaming dividends when it won the Mid-Season Invitational in 2015. The team’s rise to fame came to its peak in 2021 after winning this year’s World Championships. So far this year, EDward Gaming has accumulated around $907,000.
Four Angry Men
Four Angry Men (4AM to most fans) is yet another Chinese esports team and it was founded in 2017. This is a team that plays the PC version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and has earned a huge following in China since their debut in the professional esports scene. A second team was formed as an offshoot of 4AM but it got disbanded due to lack of performance. So far this year, Four Angry Men has accumulated around $917,000.
DAMWON Gaming (DWG KIA) is a League of Legends team founded in South Korea in 2017 after the roster of MiraGe Gaming got signed by Damwon. The team suffered through various defeats in local tournaments until its rebranding following a sponsorship by KIA earlier this year. Since then, DWG KIA went on to become the champion of this year’s LCK. So far this year, DWG KIA has accumulated around $998,000.
Nova eSports is the first organisation in this list that still has players in multiple games. It was founded in Hong Kong in 2016 and currently has players in games including League of Legends: Wild Rift, Call of Duty Mobile, and FIFA 2020. The organisation had also won the biggest PUBG Mobile title last year. So far this year, Nova eSports has accumulated around $1.1 million.
Vici Gaming is a Chinese esports team that has players on multiple games including DOTA 2 and League of Legends. It was founded in 2012 and one of its notable achievements is qualifying for The International 2014. So far this year, Vici Gaming has accumulated around $1.6 million.
The Shanghai Dragons are a successful Asian team in Overwatch, winning this year’s Overwatch League Grand Finals. It was founded in 2017 but they didn’t perform well in their debut year. They have come so far since their terrible record and began gaining momentum in 2020. So far this year, the Shanghai Dragons have accumulated $1.7 million.
T1 is perhaps one of the most popular esports organisations in the world, known for their dominance in League of Legends. However, the team had also signed players for other games such as DOTA 2, Apex Legends, and PUBG. As previously mentioned, T1 had won numerous LoL titles in South Korean tournaments and even in the World Championships. So far this year, T1 has accumulated around $1.9 million.
Invictus Gaming is also known to have players on multiple games such as DOTA 2, League of Legends, and CS:GO. The team was founded in 2011 by Wang Sicong, son of the 10th richest man in China and has since become the highest-earning esports team from Asia this year. Invictus Gaming began making a name for itself in 2012 by qualifying for that year’s The International. The team also qualified for Tier 1 of this year’s edition of the same tournament. So far this year, Invictus Gaming has accumulated $2.8 million.
These teams have established themselves as some of the best in the world, owing to their players’ skills that brought in tournament money and sponsorships. As you may have noticed already, these teams mostly compete in the most popular games around, so you are sure to encounter some of them in annual pro tournaments online. Spectating esports can now also be fun for punters who like to bet on sites such as Bitcasino—this just goes to show how esports continues to grow in popularity.