MANILA, Philippines — As if he already didn’t have more than enough accolades on his side, Filipino-born chess player Wesley So is now also among the world’s top earners in esports.
The Cavite-born Grandmaster, according to betting site Unikrn.com, bagged a total of $246,190 (approximately Php11,830,000) in tournament winnings for 2020 alone, putting him at No. 12 in the list.
So’s rival and World chess champion Magnus Carlsen took the top spot with $510,587 (approximately Php24,538,000), while another chess player in Hikaru Nakamura is at No. 7.
The other top-ranked esports earners in the list from the second up to the sixth spot are occupied by Call of Duty players.
So had a busy 2020 season where he regained the US Chess Championships crown as a highlight to a successful year.
So, who now represents the US chess federation, is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and relies heavily on his chess earnings.