In recent years, eSports competitions have gained massive popularity with millions and millions of fans all over the world. With that huge number of fans it is guaranteed that the sponsors will also recognize the importance and the potential of such tournaments and competitions and all that will result in tournaments having bigger prize pools. For some time now, those prize pools have been in millions of US dollars and that made eSports even more popular especially among the professional video game players. The following article will present the top 5 eSports tournaments in the world that had the biggest prize pools ever.
The International 2016: $20,000,000
The biggest prize pool that has been recorded in the eSports history was at The International 2016. This tournament featured the competition in Dota 2 video game and the prize pool at this tournament was more than 20 million dollars. The winner of the tournament won while the team in the second place won 3.5 million dollars and the team in the third place won more than 2 million dollars while the remaining amount of 5.5 million was distributed among other teams. The International has been organized for six years in the row now and during those six years the prize pool of the tournament increased with every single year.
The International 2015: $18,500,000
In the second place when it comes to the size of the prize pool is The International tournament that has been organized in 2015. The prize pool at this tournament was almost 18.5 million dollars which at that time was the biggest prize pool ever, until the edition of this tournament a year later. In comparison to The International 2016, the winner of the The International 2015 won 3 million dollars less than the winner in 2016.
The International 2014: $11,000,000
In the third place of all the tournaments that have the biggest prize pool is once again The International, this time the tournament from 2014. At this tournament, the prize pool was almost 11 million dollars. Comparing the prize pool at this tournament to the one from 2016 we can see that in 2016, the prize pool at this tournament as almost doubled in only two years. All of the The International Dota 2 tournaments saw 16 teams battling out against each other for the prize pool that has never been recorded up until that moment in the history of eSports.
LoL 2016 World Championship : $5,000,000
With Dota 2 tournaments holding the record when it comes to the size of the prize pool in the world of eSports tournaments, there are also some other tournaments that cannot be neglected. One such tournament was LoL 2016 World Championship that featured competition in the League of Legends video game. The prize pool at this tournament was bigger than 5 million dollars and this tournament is currently in the fourth place when it comes to the biggest prize pool in history of eSports. The winner of the tournament was awarded with more than 2.5 million dollars while the remaining amount of the prize pool was distributed among other teams.
DAC 2015: $3,000,000
Once again, Dota 2 was featured at yet another tournament that made it to the list of to 5 eSports tournaments that had the biggest prize pool in history of eSports. DAC 2015 or the Dota 2 Asian Championship was eSports tournament that has been organized in Shanghai, China and it featured the prize pool in the amount of little more than 3 million dollars. With that amount, DAC 2015 is in the fifth place when it comes to the eSports tournaments with the biggest prize pools in the history.
Bigger Prize Pools as the Industry Blooms
With the constantly increasing prize pools, the eSports tournaments are guaranteed to gain more attention from the media, fans and the sponsors who want to be featured at these events. The bigger prize pools result in the better games, better teams, better tournaments and the bigger and tougher competition from which the eSports as recently recognized sport can only benefit.