These are the highest paid gamers in Malaysia

By William Davis


Nov 4, 2021

Reading time: 4 min

Did you know that the vast majority of Southeast Asia’s urban online population are gamers? 

Over 80% of people living in Southeast Asia consider themselves gamers, according to Consumer Insights and data from Newzoo Pro. Southeast Asia generated game revenues of $4.4 billion in 2019, with a bigger part of it (70%) coming from the mobile segment. 

This once again demonstrates the popularity of online gaming and its expected fast development in the near future. Considering all the numbers and opportunities, it’s no wonder that many people living in Malaysia are dreaming of becoming famous gamers. Young gamers master their skills and play computer games every day. 

Which gamers are earning millions in Malaysia?

Increasingly, the world’s best gamers are earning millions through lucrative sponsorships and hundreds of thousands of subscribers through streams. In some ways it’s like playing on a Malaysian online casino website, in that players never know when a massive jackpot might hit. Interested players can pick a top-rated casino from Casinority with free credit no deposit bonuses for Malaysian players, and show their skills in the most-payed games. Just remember to game responsibly.

The rapid development of esports has led to younger people dreaming of more than careers as football, basketball, and tennis players. Today, children spend more free time not in sports clubs but playing their favorite computer games. Striving to get into a professional esports team can bring success, fame, and financial well-being in the future.

As the esports industry is developing at an incredible pace, and it is still far from the peak of interest in it, earnings here will grow. In this regard, almost every novice gamer wonders how much professional gamers earn. 

#1 – xNova 

Yap Jianwei, aka xNowa, appeared on the professional arena in 2013 and acted as a stand-in for various teams from Southeast Asia. In March 2016, he played Dota 2 for Mineski-X at the qualifiers for The Manila Major 2016. However, the team failed, and, in September, xNova joined the Warriors Gaming Unity. The team entered the top 8 at The Boston Major 2016 and took 3-4 place at ROG MASTERS in 2017.

In January 2018, Yap Jianwei joined LGD Gaming and had a very successful season. He took silver at StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4 and Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018. He also won at EPICENTER XL and MDL Changsha Major, and reached the final of The International 2018. In 2019, xNowa earned 5040 DPCs and received an invitation to The International 2019. 

Nowadays, xNowa is one of the highest-paid gamers from Malaysia, with the total prize money earned from 113 tournaments being $1,916,751.

#2 – MidOne

Malaysian player Zheng “MidOne” Yeik Nai became the first Dota 2 player from Southeast Asia to score 9,000 points in the ranking for single players. 

The topic of MMR rating in Dota 2 has always been the most discussed. Pros who have achieved success on the world stage say that singles ranking points are not that important, while the top lines in the top are still almost the only chance for players from the lower division to make themselves known.

MidOne is known to almost every fan of the game, thanks to his constant records in Dota. But even a year and a half ago, they could only hear about him in their home country and on the servers of Southeast Asia. But in a very short time, the student from Malacca has achieved incredible success in esports, earning $400,000 in the first year of his gaming career.

MidOne has been passionate about computer games started from the age of three. At the beginning, he was a fan of Tetris, but when he got a little older, he got his first PlayStation and started to play Final Fantasy. At seven years old, Zheng mastered the computer and became a real fan of Dota. The young boy constantly watched how his brother and cousin spent their free time playing Warcraft. This is how MidOne has made his first steps in gaming. 

He is now a highly successful cybersportsman, with the total prize money earned in 107 tournaments being $1,804,677.

#3 – NothingToSay

Cheng “NothingToSay” Jin Xiang began his career in 2018 as a Dota player on a local team called BLACKJACK, where he significantly stood out among his teammates. His skills were noticed by WarriorsGaming.Unity and NothingToSay played for them for five months. In 2019, as a part of Geek Fam team, he failed The International 2019 open qualifiers, and it led to breaking the contract. 

In November 2019, young NothingToSay transferred to EHOME, and, from this moment, his professional career in top teams began. With his team, he took third place at ESL One Los Angeles 2020 and other top places on OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online, DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1, and OGA Dota PIT S2.

Today, he is world-famous for his achievements in PSG.LGD. With this team, NothingToSay took first place at China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1. NothingToSay can boast of $1,189,551 after second place at The International 2021 as total prize money earned in 68 tournaments.

Future predictions of esports In Malaysia

Esports has become a mainstream media product, attracting millions of viewers and popular in all countries of the world. This is actually how a whole industry has emerged. In 2020, the revenue of this market exceeded $1 billion. And in 2023, it will exceed $1.5 billion, according to the most conservative forecasts. 

However, viewers are not interested in the income of promotional companies and manufacturers of souvenir products. They are more interested to know who of the players earns more. Well, the above names can inspire and motivate you to develop your gaming skills and reach new heights in the gaming industry.