Esports tournaments are increasingly popular across the globe. In addition to the numbers of pro players and spectators have increased, the awards of the championships are getting higher, reaching millionaire figures. League of Legends (LoL) and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) are good examples of games with great prizes in their tournaments. We have selected the six most profitable games in the world based on tournament values through October 2018. The numbers were taken from the esportsearnings.
6. Heroes of the Storm
Blizzard Entertainment’s MOBA in regions, such as North America, Europe, South Korea and China, is quite popular. Released in June 2015, Heroes of the Storm may not have outperformed the League of Legends or DotA 2 in popularity, but it has a solid background and has already distributed $ 17,866 million in prizes in more than 400 tournaments.
Launched in July 2017, Fortnite is the youngest game on the list and the only Battle Royale game. With just over 100 tournaments held, Epic Games’ game accumulates $ 18,724 million in prizes. That number is expected to increase dramatically in 2019, the year in which, according to the developer, Fortnite’s competitions will add up to $ 100 million in prizes.
4. Starcraft II
Blizzard Entertainment’s Real-Time Strategy (RTS), Starcraft II was released in July 2010 and continues with a fairly strong scenario. There are more than 5,000 tournaments held and US $ 28 million distributed. The last major competition took place at WCS Global Finals 2018 and had $ 700,000 in prize money, showing that the game is still alive in electronic sports.
3. League of Legends
Riot Games’ MOBA already has more than $ 59 million in prizes distributed in more than 2,000 tournaments. League of Legends was released in 2009 but it was only in 2010 that competitions began to take place. The 2011 LoL World Championships as a true test for the potential of the game. Since then, more than 2 thousand players have been present in this competitive scenario that grows year after year.
2. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may not have been an immediate success at its launch in August 2012, but from 2015 onwards its competitions have become a hit worldwide. Valve’s FPS accumulated US $ 63,806 million in prizes in more than 3,000 tournaments till now. In addition, CS: GO is the game with the largest number of players that competed and invoiced: there are more than 10,000 players.
1. Dota 2
Dota 2 was released in July of 2013 and is the most profitable game of esports. The main reason for the game to be at the top is The International, the most important championship of DotA 2. To get an idea, only The International 2018 had a total prize pool of US $ 25,532 million.
Joining all The International and DotA 2 competitions held until October 2018, the MOBA raises $ 171 million in prizes, a considerable advantage for the other games on the esports.