These days, gaming is not considered mere self-entertainment. You can pick any game you want, train to a professional level, and voila! You can now try your hand at e-sports. Top tier gamers are considered athletes in their own nations – but that’s not even the best part. The best part is the huge cash pool you can win if you’re skilled and coordinated enough at your preferred game. For your reference, here are four games with the largest prize pools in e-sports.
- $24,687,919 – Dota 2 (The International 2017)
Dota (Defense of the Ancients) 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) where players use their hero’s unique abilities to destroy the enemy’s base. It has gained a massive following; more than 10 million people tune in to these fights – most of the Dota 2 players themselves. The overall prize pool amounted to $24, 687, 919, with the champion team taking home $10,862,683! Merely being in the tournament is enough for you to bag a couple of thousand dollars. However, competition is fierce, with numerous teams from all around the globe aiming for the win.
- $5,070,000 – LoL (LoL 2016 World Championship)
LoL (League of Legends) is another MOBA, much like Dota 2, but with significant differences. LoL has a fairly large community across the planet – its world championships having up to 14.7 million concurrent viewers! The prize pool for the LoL 2016 World Championship amounted to $5,070,000 through its player base’s crowdfunding. The winning team took home $2,028,000 with all the competing teams receiving at least $60,000.
- $2,612,259 – SMITE (Smite World Championship 2015)
SMITE, although like LoL and Dota 2 is much like a MOBA, offers a unique flavor, as you can directly see through the eyes of your hero. Aside from the fresh perspective offered by the developers of SMITE, they also host world championships – the largest prize pool amounting to $2,612,259. The championship was streamed via Twitch and had 1 million unique viewers tuning in to see who would triumph. The winner bagged $1,306,130 while teams who competed won at least $30,000.
- $2,500,000 – Halo 5: Guardians (Halo World Championship 2016)
Diverting from the MOBAs in this list is Halo 5: Guardians, a First Person Shooter (FPS) game which has simple enough mechanics – gun your opponents down! This game’s 2016 world championship made this list with its $2,500,000 prize pool. 135,000 concurrent viewers watched to support their favorite teams, with millions in total over the tournament weekend. The champion’s prize came to $1,000,000 while competing teams did not return home empty-handed, with at least $25,000 in tow.
Although you can now earn money off of competitive gaming, it is important to remember that winning is not all that matters. You’re doing what you want to do with people who have the same interests as you – money is just a convenient bonus. With the world of e-sports, you can find people you can connect with while playing the game you love – and that is the real essence of gaming.