Top Esports Awards in the History of Esports

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The esports awards pool is one of the biggest awards for a popular competitive event. Esport players often earn more than classic athletes. For example, in 2019, Wimbledon winners won less than $3 million, and Tiger Woods took $2 million at the Master’s tournament.

Every year esports attracts more and more players, spectators, and sponsors. Tournaments are getting bigger, and cash prizes are crossing all boundaries.

The most-watched esports events are the regular League of Legends tournaments (World Cup and Mid-Season Invitational), The International Dota 2, Fortnite World Cup, etc. These big tournaments usually have the largest prize pools starting from one million dollars to five million and more.

What are the sports with the highest prize pool from the tournament? In this article, we bring you the biggest cash prizes in the history of sports so far.

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International – Dota2

Dota 2 is a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is a stand-alone sequel to the WarCraft III custom map Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars, and a direct competitor to the popular League of Legends and less popular Heroes of Newerth.

International Dota 2 is one of the world’s largest esports events. Since 2011, The International has brought together the best DOTA 2 players in the world.

Players compete to win the Grand Prix, funded by Valve and the DOTA 2 player community. Any DOTA 2 player can purchase a combat pass in games, the benefit of which meets the international cash prize.

The International Dota 2 online video game tournament has been the world’s largest prize pool tournament for years. The main prize of The International in 2021 exceeded the figure of 40 million dollars.

Fortnite World Cup

Fortnite is a third-person online battle-royale action game developed by Epic Games, and People Can Fly.

Fortnite World Cup 2019 has handed out $30 million in prizes and cemented its spot in the esports scene and culture.
In 2019, 16-years old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf celebrated his first solo World Champion at the Fortnite World Cup Finals esports event and won 3 million dollars.

Over 40 million players participated, and 19 000 fans attended the three-day Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 in person at the sold-out Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The League of Legends World Championship

League of Legends (LoL) is an action real-time strategy game inspired by the famous Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars custom map for WarCraft III. The game is a direct competitor to Dota 2.

The League of Legends World Championship (aka Worlds) is the annual professional LoL world championship tournament. The company behind one of the world’s most popular video games and its Tournament is Riot Games.

The 2018 League of Legends World Championship reached nearly 100 million viewers and cemented the game as the most-viewed esports of all time. The 2018 edition rewarded players with more than 6,450,000 dollars by beating its previous pool prize of 5,000,000 dollars in 2016 and 2017.

Call of Duty League Championship

Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game, and the world’s best-selling video game franchise published by Activision.

Call of Duty League Championship 2020 offered a prize pool of 4,600,000 dollars split among the top 10 teams. The winning team won a cash prize of 1,500,000 dollars. This year’s cash prize remains similar to previous releases, with 5,000,000 dollars for the split between players and organizations.

Esports Awards 2021

Esports Awards officially announced the date and location for Esports Awards 2021 ceremony. The annual Esports Awards is dedicated to showcasing top-class performance and innovation from teams, players, media, games, hardware providers, events, and personalities within the esports scene.

This year the ceremony goes back to the traditional live show format, and it will be held on November 20, 2021, in Esports Stadium Arlington in Texas. You can select your favorite finalist and vote on as many categories as you like.

Enjoy this year’s tournaments!