With huge events and stadiums full of people, esports is now a huge industry in itself. Let’s take a look at the biggest esports tournaments with their prize pools.
Note: The content is based on top prize per tournament series, as League of Legends and DOTA 2 will dominate the list with almost every event.
If you’re ready, let’s start our list of the highest prize pools in esports.
The Highest Prize Pools in Esports
10. The Dota 2 Asia Championship 2015 – $3M
The total sum of $3,057,000 for the prize pool of the championship held in Shanghai, China, was mouth-watering! Evil Geniuses’ new squad defeated Vici Gaming 3-0 in the tournament.
9. Overwatch League 2019 – $3.5M
The most award-winning year of the Overwatch League was 2019, when Blizzard entered the esports arena with high hopes but did not find what it expected. In the tournament, the San Francisco Shock beat the Vancouver Titans to victory.
8. Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series: Clubs Ranking – $4M
The moves of Fortnite, the most popular battle royale game of recent years, in the esports scene are just as bold as they are in gaming. Stating that it will allocate $100 million for all esports tournaments in 2019, Fortnite used a significant portion of this amount in this event.
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7. PUBG Global Championship 2021 – $4.4M
Another popular battle royale game, PUBG, has one of the highest prize pools in esports.
6. The 2020 Call of Duty League Championship – $4.6M
Although the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League was held online in the midst of the pandemic, the prize pool was far from disappointing. In the final stage, Dallas Empire defeated Atlanta FaZe to take the lion’s share of the $1.5 million prize pool.
5. The 2018 League of Legends World Championship – $6.4M
Nothing less could be expected from League of Legends, one of the most important games that made esports as we know it today! In the event, which was watched by a stadium full of fans and millions of online viewers, Invictus Gaming defeated Fnatic 3-0 and pocketed $2.4 million of the prize pool.
4. PUBG Global Invitational.S 2021 – $7.1M
The tournament, which has one of the highest prize pools in esports history, ended with the victory of the Susquehanna Soniqs team after both online and offline legs. The team returned home with a prize of $1,296,189.
3. The 2021 Honor of Kings World Champion Cup – $7.7M
Honor of Kings, which holds the title of the most played mobile MOBA game in the world, made its name in esports history with a prize pool worthy of its name. QG Happy was the side that emerged victorious from the final where QG Happy and Gank Gaming faced each other.
2. The 2019 Fortnite World Cup Finals – $30.4M
Yes, you read the award correctly. The opening tournament of Epic Games’ first Fortnite World Cup Finals was split into two main events. Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf earned $3 million in the solo finals, while David “aqua” W and Emil “Nyhrox” Bergquist Pedersen shared $3 million in the duo finals.
1. The International 10 – $40M
Esports enthusiasts know that Dota 2 is the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to a huge prize pool. Dota 2, which broke the records for the highest prize pool in the esports world for 10 years, brought it to the top with The International 10.