That’s no breaking news: cash prizes in the field of esports are certainly getting blown up to epic proportions. With ever more events and ever higher cash rewards, let’s take a look at the most impressive figures. We’ve sorted them by games, since DotA2 cash prizes hold the top 5 positions in this ranking.
5th: Overwatch League (OWL) – Season 2 Playoffs
For its second season, Blizzard’s franchise has managed to gain direct entry as one of the most rewarding tournaments in esports history. After playoffs that stretched over a month, and an incredible run through the losers bracket, the Californian team San Francisco Shock eventually won the Grand Finals over the Vancouver Titans to become the league champions.
4th: PUBG Global Championship 2019
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds ranks 4th in our list with one of its first truly major events. The 2019 PUBG World Championship was won by Team Gen. G, which took home more than $2.2 million. A remarkable achievement for the Battle Royale game!
(Source: YouTube Esports Alliance)
3rd: LoL 2018 World Championship
It comes as no surprise that one of the most popular video games of all time occupies a high position in this ranking. LoL ranks second with the 2018 season League of Legends World Championship. The Chinese team Invictus Gaming achieved victory and took home more than $2.4 million for it.
(Source: YouTube LoL Esports)
2nd: Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 – Solo
Carried by its huge fanbase, Fortnite has had a meteoric rise in the esports community. The 2019 World Cup Solo finals have handed out more than $15 million to the lucky winners, and the Duo competition offered a similar prize pool. This secures Fortnite a runner-up spot in this ranking.
(Source: Youtube IGN)
1st: DotA2 The International 2019
DotA2 tournament The International remains the biggest esports event in terms of prize money. For the 2019 iteration, the prize pool was over twice the size of the Fortnite World Cup Finals.