Biggest eSports Prize Money Awards
Video games can turn into a serious career if enough time is devoted. And with more and more players finding their way into eSports, the gaming industry started organizing professional tournaments with high stakes and equally high rewards. This enticed the bookmakers, who decided to join in the gaming craze by enlisting the eSports in their offer. Now you can bet on esports and video games and turn your knowledge into money.
Video games come in different genres, but not all of them are good enough to make it to the big leagues. Take a look at the games with the biggest prize money awards so far.
5. Overwatch – $26 million
Blizzard Entertainment created the first successful mix between a first-person shooter and multiplayer online battle arena or MOBA. Released in 2016, Overwatch focuses on characters with different weapons, skills, and abilities that are used to outplay the opponents. It has 3,500 professional players and countless tournaments throughout the year. Overall prize money awarded in 743 tournaments is $26,049,333. If you need any more proof of Overwatch’s immense popularity, just look at one of numerous fan-made character concept art like this retired Sigma.
4. League of Legends – $79 million
League of Legends was released by Riot Games back in 2009. It became an instant hit and is now one of the most significant played MOBA-genre games in the world. The objective is straightforward: destroy the enemy base to win the match. According to the official statistics, it has 7,134 registered players and has hosted 2,477 tournaments so far. The reward money reaches a staggering $79,003,448.
3. Fortnite – $97 million
Since its release in 2017, Fortnite quickly became the most dominant battle royale game in the world. The game starts with a total of 100 players on the map, but there can only be one winner. Fortnite currently numbers over 4,300 professional players and is the third most popular eSports game at the moment. With 655 tournaments under its belt, the total prize money awarded has reached an incredible $97,138,425. The most recent shop offer, the Arcane Vi Bundle, allows players to play as one of League of Legends characters.
2. CS: GO – $102 million
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most played games in the gaming industry history. It currently has over 13,000 professional players and has had more tournaments than any other eSports game out there. There are two teams of 5 players, and the goal is to either kill the entire opposing team, plant/defuse a bomb, or rescue hostages. With total prize money of $102,373,165 in 5,245 tournaments, it reaches second place on our list.
1. Dota 2 – $227 million
Dota 2 is a staple in the MOBA genre. Similar to League of Legends, the game consists of two teams of 5 players with the destruction of the base as the ultimate goal. Dota 2 has over 3,800 registered professional players but is crushing the prize award numbers. In 1,432 tournaments so far, the total prize money awarded is $227,319,907.