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Top 5 Highest Paying eSports Championships

Anyone who is knowledgeable about eSports knows that it's a huge industry, but just how big are the biggest prize pools?



If you read my other article regarding the history of CS:GO as a game and an eSport, you probably have a general idea of the money eSports competitions offer. However, I haven’t even begun talking about the DOTA 2 championships.

DOTA 2, much like its cousin League of Legends, is a MOBA (Multiplayer online battle arena). However, unlike League of Legends or CS:GO or any other eSports game, it offers the biggest prize pools in the industry. So, without further ado, let’s go into the top 5 eSports championships in terms of offered prize pools. Keep in mind, ALL of these are DOTA 2 championships.

Using the conveniently named website eSportsEarnings.com, we can see that the top 5 are indeed DOTA 2 championships.

DOTA 2 Top 5 Highest Earning Tournaments

The first of which was the famous International 2015, coming in at a whopping $18,429,613.00 total prize pool! This meant that the 1st place winners, Evil Geniuses got $6,634,660.68 for the entire five man squad. Second place, CDEC Gaming, earned $2,856,590.02, and third place, LGD Gaming, earned $2,211,553.56. Even 13th-16th place teams earned a respectable $55,288.84 per five man squad.

The second was the The International 2014, with a still amazing $10,931,103.00 prize pool. 1st place Newbee earned $5,028,308.00, 2nd place Vici Gaming earned $1,475,699.00, and 3rd Evil Geniuses earned $1,038,455.00. This time 13th-14th got $21,862.00 per team.

Coming in in third place we have the Dota 2 Asia Championships of 2015. The total prize pool for this one wasn’t quite the $18 million, yet was instead $3,057,521.00. This meant that 1st place Evil Geniuses got $1,284,158.00, 2nd place Vici Gaming got $366,902.00, and 3rd place Team Secret got $275,177.00. This tournament offered money even for 17th-20th placing teams, who each got $15,288.00.

The Frankfurt Major of 2015 comes in 4th place with a total prize pool of $3,000,000.00. 1st place winners Team OG earned $1,110,000.00, 2nd place Team Secret earned $405,000.00, and 3rd Evil Geniuses earned $315,000.00. Last placing teams at 13th-16th place got $30,000.00 each.

Last but not least, 5th place is given to The Manila Major 2016 with a total prize pool of $3,000,000.00. 1st winners once more, Team OG earned another $1,110,000.00, 2nd place Team Liquid earned $405,000.00, and 3rd place Newbee earned $315,000.00. Last placing teams at 13th-16th place earned $30,000.00 each.


It is also important to note that the announced International 2016 has an advertised $20,277,052.00 prize pool. That could, however, change in the meantime and as a result was not included in the ranking as of yet. In total, the top 5 tournaments have offered over $38 million! With all this in mind, it is easy to see why SuperData has estimated eSports to be an $18 billion industry by 2019. With such frequent and constant growth, eSports will overtake normal sports in no time.


Top 5 Highest Paying eSports Championships

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