Who is the Best Tekken Player In the World?

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Assessing the 10 Best Tekken Players

Tekken is one of the oldest current video game franchises in the world and the best Tekken players are always on top. It first launched in 1994 in Japan, and it quickly became a massively popular fighting game. In the last few years, it has enjoyed a storied and popular esports presence. With that in mind, we’re here today to find out who is the best Tekken player in the world.

Who are the 10 best Tekken players of all time?

There’s a long list of competitors to choose from, but we’ve compiled the top ten fighters from around the world heavily influenced by esports earnings. Here’s a look at the current list: 

RankPlayerEsports Earnings
#1Jae-min "Knee" Bae$405,080
#2Atif "Atif Butt" Ijaz$243,729
#3Yuta "Chikurin" Take$149,462
#4Hoa "Anakin" Luu$123,305
#5Sang-hyun "JeonDDing" Jeon$59,444
#6Joseph "Joey Fury" Bennett$55,052
#7Vincent "Super Akouma" Homan$51,929
#8Dominique "SonicFox" McLean$717,169
#9Takehiko "Take" Abe$44,680
#10Nopparut "Book" Hempamorn$36,230

These players have dominated the competition, picked up the most prize money, and have the highest level of in-game skill. While Tekken is far from being the most prolific esports title in the industry, there is a vibrant scene packed with top-tier talent.

This list is worth knowing for your Tekken betting.

10. Nopparut “Book” Hempamorn

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As a Thai representative, Nopparut “Book” Hempamorn is an EVO champion, earning his chip back in 2020. In addition, thanks to a number of top 8 finishes at the Tekken World Tour, he’s earned his spot on this list of the best Tekken players of all time.

In addition, he plays a number of other esports, but Tekken is clearly his best fighting game title.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ EVO Japan 2020
  • Prize Earned: $36,230

9. Takehiko “Take” Abe

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Being one of the older competitors on the list, Takehiko “Take” Abe has been competing since Tekken 6. With this massive career, there are a number of wins to acknowledge and pay respect to – perhaps his Tekken Pro Championships 2019 for Tekken 7 win being the most recognizable.

Continuing to compete, he’s always such a difficult competitor to put away.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ Tekken Pro Championships 2019
  • Prize Earned: $44,680

8. Dominique “SonicFox” McLean

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There isn’t anybody in the Fighting Game Community like SonicFox. With his earnings split across over 10 titles, Tekken is one of the many titles he competes in, with a general career of six EVO championships – an EVO betting favourite.

While his Tekken career is not as decorated as his other careers such as Mortal Kombat, we have to acknowledge that with the changes Tekken 8 is bringing, he may as well rise to the very top. So although he may have a massive career, he’ll need to perform better in Tekken specifically to rank higher on our list of the best Tekken players.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ EVO (x6
  • Prize Earned: $717,169

7. Vincent “Super Akouma” Homan

Vincent "Super Akouma" Homan
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Vincent “Super Akouma” Homan is a French Tekken player currently playing for CRaZY Esport. Despite common misconceptions, he did not name himself after the character Akuma, despite that being his main.

Since he began competing in 2017, 2021 has been the Frenchman’s most dominant year, with a multitude of first place finishes (and other good results) in Europe. This form carried over into 2022 where he dominated Europe again, and has also placed well in international tournaments such as a recent third-place finish in VSFightingX. With his consistent top performance over the last few years, Super Akouma ranked highly in Europe.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ European Tekken Cup 2022 Final
  • Prize Earned: $51,929

6. Joseph “Joey Fury” Bennett

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Joseph “Joey Fury” Bennett is an American Tekken player who entered the scene in 2016. He won his first Tekken tournament at the age of 12 and has since gone on to become one of the best players in the world, regularly winning North American Tournaments and has competed globally with a 2nd place finish at the Red Bull Golden Letters event in London earlier this year.

He is known to play a variety of characters, including Jack-7, Paul Phoenix, Gigas, and more recently Marduk. However, Jack-7 has stayed his main character most of the time at esports tournaments.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ Tekken World Tour 2022: North America Regional Finals
  • Prize Earned: $55,052

5. Sang-hyun “JeonDDing” Jeon

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Representing South Korea, Jeon “JeonDDing” Jeon is a competitor who plays in both Tekken and Street Fighter. Competing since 2017, the South Korean has made headlines with two massive international victories at VSFighting XI and CEO 2023 in the recent competitive season.

Hoping to continue at this threat level for the upcoming Tekken 8 release, he is surely one of the top Tekken players of all-time.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ VSFighting XI, CEO 2023, Rev Major 2022
  • Prize Earned: $55,052

4. Hoa “Anakin” Luu

Hoa “Anakin” Luu
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Anakin is one of the best Tekken players of all time. The North American has won numerous championships during his career across the entire franchise, with one of his first major tournament wins being the 2010 MLG Pro Circuit Dallas Finals for Tekken 6. He is also a two-time EVO Top-8 Finalist for Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Tekken 7.

Anakin is one of the top players in his region with Jack-7 as a main character. 

Over the last few years, Anakin has won several major tournaments in North America, further making a case for him being the best Tekken player in the world. His most notable recent win was at CEO 2022, where he was able to defend the region against many strong international opponents, and also very recently won the East Coast Showdown 2022.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ CEO 2022, CEO 2016
  • Prize Earned: $123,305

3. Yuta “Chikurin” Take

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As a historic Tekken World Tour champion, Yuta “Chikurin” Take is a resounding name in the Tekken community.

Respected as one of the top Tekken players of all time, he’s known for a dominant reign between 2019 and 2021.

Competing both locally in Japan and internationally, while he hasn’t replicated his success from 2021, he remains a threat in Tekken 8.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ Tekken World Tour Finals 2019
  • Prize Earned: $149,462

2. Atif “Atif Butt” Ijaz

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Hailing from Pakistan, Atif “Atif Butt” Ijaz is a World Tour Finals champion, he’s widely respected for his numerous wins using a variety of characters in the game.

Only competing since 2019, he’s already soared high onto this list in a dominant fashion. Moreover, in 2023, the veteran also won the IESF World Esports Championship 2023. 

Specializing in Tekken, “Atif Butt” is always a favourite at any tournament he attends.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ Tekken World Tour Finals 2022
  • Prize Earned: $243,729

1. Jae-Min “Knee” Bae

Jae-Min "Knee" Bae
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As a result of his numerous major tournament wins and consistency over 2 decades of Tekken tournaments, Jae-Min “Knee” Bae is considered by many to definitely be one of the best Tekken players of all time, with over $150k in Tekken earnings throughout his career. He is currently representing the Korean organisation, DRX.

Despite the fact that he started competing in 2010, the South-Korean is still able to contend with the very best players around the world, which he proved by winning his third EVO championship in dominating fashion with Feng in August 2022. Despite struggling to perform to his normal standard in 2021, with this result we can safely say Knee is back to his best, which is incredible considering that he is 38 years old.

  • Best Achievement: 1st @ EVO 2018, 2022, 2013
  • Prize Earned: $405,080

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