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TOP 3 largest overall prize pools in eSports sorted by games.

All credit to photographer/owner. — by Unknown.
All credit to photographer/owner. — by Unknown.

We will start this list with the lowest (or is it..) prize pool tournament. But first, let's see what is eSports, for all the readers who aren't familiar with it.

eSports (also known as electronic sports, eSports, e-sports, competitive (video) gaming, professional (video) gaming, or pro gaming) is a form of competition using video games Most commonly, eSports take the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions, particularly between professional players. The most common video game genres associated with eSports are a real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter (FPS), and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA).

So let's start.

The third largest eSports tournament is called ELEAGUE Season 1. It features the game called Counter-Strike Global: Offensive which is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game.

ELEAGUE is the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive league to be streamed on cable television.

  • Location: Atlanta, USA
  • Prize pool: $1,410,000
  • Organizer: Turner Sports; WME|IMG
  • Date: 2016-05-24
  • Currency: USD - US Dollar
  • Number of teams: 24
  • Sponsors: iBUYPOWER, NEEDforSEAT, ZOWIE, BenQ, HyperX

The tournament alone was broadcasted with 5 analysts, 2 interviewers, 4 commentators, 2 observers and one producer.

The prize pool was spread like this:

Place $ USD Team

1st $400,000

2nd $140,000 Fnatic

3rd-4th $70,000 mousesports

3rd-4th $60,000 Natus Vincere

Second most paid eSports tournament was the League of Legends 2016 World Championship. It was the sixth world championship for League of Legends, a video game developed by Riot Games.

It was the first time that the tournament prize pool was partly crowd-funded, the first prize pool was somewhere around $2,130,000 and was increased later by the purchase of all in-game skins for champions.

  • Location: San Francisco; Chicago; New York; Los Angeles, USA
  • Prize pool: $5,070,000
  • Organizer: Riot Games
  • Date: 2016-09-29
  • Currency: USD - US Dollar
  • Number of teams: 16
  • Sponsor: Acer

16 teams competed for the prize pool, and 3 of them were from China, 3 from Korea, 3 from Europe, 3 from North America, 2 from Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao, 2 from International Wildcard.

The tournament's overall peak was 28,263,260 viewers!

The prize pool was distributed like this:

Places Team Prize (USD)

1st SK Telecom T1 $2,680,000

2nd Samsung Galaxy $1,005,000

3rd–4th ROX Tigers $502,500

The tournament was broadcasted by 2 hosts, 8 commentators, and 13 analysts.

All credit to photographer/owner. — by Unknown.
All credit to photographer/owner. — by Unknown.

And now the most prominent eSports tournament in the history of eSports is the one and only, the magnificent “The International 2017: Dota 2 Championships“.

Dota 2 is free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game.

This tournament is the seventh to bear its name “The International.” Also, one interesting fact is that Dota 2 takes places from 1-4 on the list of biggest tournaments, all of them bear the nickname TI (The International).

  • Location: Seattle, USA
  • Prize pool: $24,687,919
  • Organizer: Valve
  • Date: 2017-08-02
  • Currency: USD - US Dollar
  • Number of teams: 18
  • Sponsor: Valve

2 Hosts broadcasted the tournament, 2 observers, 2 interviewers, 14 commentators, 5 analysts, 2 content creators, 1 newbie stream, 2 all-star match commentators, 2 en/cn interpreters and + that much broadcasters for foreign languages.

“An Interesting fact is that in just two days the prize pool raised for $6 million only from selling the Battle Pass. Over 1,3 million Dota 2 players purchased it.”

The prize pool was spread like this:


1st $ 10,862,683 44%

2nd $ 3,950,067 16%

3rd $ 2,592,231 10,5%

4th $ 1,728,154 7%

5th – 6th $ 1,110,956 4,5%

7th – 8th $ 617,198 2,5%

9th – 12th $ 370,319 1,5%

13th – 16th $ 123,440 0,5%

17th – 18th $ 61,720 0,25%

eSports is a beast of a niche; it is growing and growing each day, many famous people, companies, sports teams are investing in it, so we can only expect that in the years to come we will see more and more tournaments with abundant prize pools.

This article was originally published on @vaske