The biggest prize pools in eSports history.
Finishing first in the 100m final at the track and field World Championships will earn you $60,000. If you are fortunate enough to break the world record you will bag $100,000, a similar figure to what each New England Patriot received after winning Super Bowl.
Now these are some of the most popular and well followed sporting events on the planet yet they are dwarfed by eSports prize pools across the globe.
For the first time in eSports history a competition prize pool exceeded $20m when the prize money for The International, Valve’s yearly Dota 2 world championship set a new record of $24.6m. To put this in perspective, the prize money for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships comes from a pot worth just over £25m.
The International first took place in 2011 whilst Wimbledon – running continually since 1877 – has had over a century to develop its loyal following within one of the worlds most widely played and watched sports.
With the figures ever increasing let’s explore the current three biggest prize pools in eSports:
1. The International 7 – $24.6m
The International run by Valve has by far the biggest prize pool of any eSports competition so much so that it has broken this record year on year since its launch in 2011. In its 7-year existence The International has dished out approximately £55m in prize money, and in 2017 Team Liquid took home an astounding $10.8m of the $24.6m pool as champions – equivalent to sum to the entire Masters golf tournament prize pool all for themselves.
2. The 2016 League of Legends World Championships – $5m
The League of Legends World Championships actually had a prize pool $0.1m smaller in 2017 than 2016. Nonetheless the 2016 competition remains the second largest pool in history.
A smart decision by competition runners Riot Games to allow players to make in – game purchases meant the jackpot increased by $3m, reaching $5m for the first time in its history.
League of Legends remains one of eSports most popular games with 1,718 tournaments world-wide.
3. The Dota 2 Asia Championship – $3m
Slightly smaller than the League of Legends World Champships, the Dota 2 Asia Championships, organised and hosted by Perfect World, boasts a prize fund of slightly over $3m. Taking place in the Shanghai Oriental Sports Arena, champions Evil Geniuses took home a 40% of $1.3m whilst joint 7th placed teams HyperGloryTeam and Invictus Gaming still earned a healthy $122,000 each.
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