Biggest esport prize pools in 2016


Games are turning into serious sports and more and more gamers are becoming millionaires from it. Following part 1, we’re continuing the exciting journey through the 11 most popular eSport games and revelaing what the biggest tournaments and prize pools have been this year. Are you able to guess the top 3?

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Rank 4: $2,000,000.00

Black Ops 3 fan artFollowing CS:GO as the fifth place ranking game, we find ourselves with yet another first person shooter franchise. Should you have played all of the games in the franchise, you have gone through a hell of a time travel as you have experienced World War II, the Cold War, as well as what the wars of the future will bring. With a new game being released every year and where the 13th was just released, can you guess which franchise we’re talking about? You got that right, it’s Call of Duty and ranking in on number 4, we got Black Ops 3!

With $2,000,000.00 being awarded in the Call of Duty Championship 2016, this is the biggest tournament ever held for any Call of Duty game and is twice as much as previous championships. Even though the new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare which just got released, has taken a bit of a beating from critics, the maps have been designed in a better and more competitive way. With this in mind, it’s going to be really interesting to see what the championship of 2017 will bring and if the prize pool will be topped once again.


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Rank 3: $2,500,000.00

Halo 5 fan artHaving reached the top 3, we should be able to make some qualified guesses to the games left, right? Maybe so, maybe not. Ranking in on number 3 is game that we actually think might come as a surprise to you. This science fictional, first person shooter was first released to Xbox in 2001 and had tournaments with considerably high prize pools as early as 2003. The game is set in the distant future where an interstellar war is going on between humanity and an alien species called the Covenant. Have you got it right? The game we’re talking about is Halo 5.

Even though the Halo World Championship had an absolutely stunning prize pool of $2,500,000.00 and made the winning team millionaires, we don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of this. Up until now, there has actually never been a Halo tournament with a prize pool bigger than $300,000.00. Therefore, it’s absolutely incredible to see this year’s prize pool and we’re really looking forward to what 2017 will have to offer. What do you think? Could it be beaten?


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Rank 2: $5,070,000.00

League of Legends fan artIn the top 2, we find the two most popular MOBA games battling it out. The player base of these games are often trash talking each other, claiming their favorite game to be the superior one. The game ranking in on number 2 might not have the highest prize pool, but it does have the biggest player base with more than 100 million active players each month; an absolutely amazing number. Even though you get to play one of many champions in the actual game, we know that the true champion is really the game itself. If you haven’t already figured it out, the game we’re talking about is League of Legends (LoL).

Since last year, the prize money of the League of Legends World Championship (which is the biggest LoL tournament), has more than doubled. This of course is not unique to LoL in any way as it’s happening to a lot of eSport games, but when it comes to LoL, the prize money is starting to get huge! The winners of this year’s tournament took home a stunning $2,000,000.00. It’s not only the player base and prize money in LoL that is huge, but it’s actually also the most popular game when it comes to eSports betting. More or less every bookie is offering eSports betting on LoL these days.


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Rank 1: $20,770,640.00

Dota 2 fan artAnd so we’ve reached the grandmaster of them all! Ranking in on number 1, we find a game that’s not only dominating the eSport tournament prize pools, but is outclassing several traditional sport tournaments such as the Masters in Golf, the Super Bowl in American football and the NBA in basket. This game provides a living for gamers like no other and is just continuing to grow. With an unbelievable number of $20,770,640.00, the biggest eSport prize pool of all time belongs to Dota 2 (Defenders of the Ancient 2).

If there is one eSport tournament you’ve heard of, it would probably be The International. The last three years this tournament has completely dominated every other eSport game. The International 2014 had a prize pool of $10,931,103.00 which was already then an unbelievably high amount. In The International of 2015 this had increased to a stunning $18,429,613.05 and this year it was once again topped by an absolutely breathtaking amount of $20,770,640.00. As the first place finishers, Wings Gaming took home $9,139,002.00 and we can nothing but congratulate them, the team owners and everyone associated.

The International is not the only Dota 2 tournament with a huge prize pool, but Dota 2 has several other tournaments with prize pools up to $3,000,000.00. In total $88,000,000.00 have been earned in Dota 2 tournaments during the past 5 years, whereas the number for League of Legends, which is coming in on second place is $36,000,000.00.


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eSport is a huge industry and for every year it’s growing bigger and bigger. The number of tournaments are increasing, the prize pools are getting bigger and more and more gamers are becoming millionaires and making a living out of this. Every day there are millions of people on twitter following their favorite teams battling it out and placing real money bets on one of the many bookies who are offering eSports betting. As a gamer since young age, I can only say that it’s an amazing time to be alive in and I’m really looking forward to what 2017 will bring.


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