that come from, or are still playing Quake. earnings come from overall FPS games (Q3, UT, PAINKILLER, Q4, QL, DOOM3) as of 2013, per

1. United States of America Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel $454,544.98
2. Netherlands Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager $232,600.00
3. Italy Alessandro "Stermy" Avallone $166,114.72
4. China Meng "RocketBoy" Yang $141,523.16
5. United States of America John "ZeRo4" Hill $139,400.00|Quake III Arena

6. Sweden Johan "Toxjq" Quick $129,431.39
7. Germany Benjamin "ZyZ" Bohrmann $107,651.07
8. Belarus Alexei "Cypher" Yanushevsky $105,444.40
9. United States of America Shane "rapha" Hendrixson $95,800.87
10. Russia Anton "Cooller" Singov $95,716.29

*although he has never won a quake live 1v1 tournament, a majority of his earnings come from a time when Q3 tournaments had a $30,000 purse! wow!
*interesting to note that rapha has won more $ than cypher in quakelive, but cypher has won more $ overall (as he played both Q4 and 2nd gen Q3)