Five highest-paid esports hit massive prize pool milestone

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Five highest-paid esports hit massive prize pool milestone

The esports industry continues to grow, and according to recent data, roughly 600 million people across the globe watch esports events either live or online via streams. That’s a huge number, but what is arguably even more impressive is the combined prize pool of the five highest-paid esports titles!

Combined esports prize money revealed

According to a Press Release we’ve received, the top five highest-paid esports titles have hit a huge milestone. Combined, the total prize money paid out so far for the top five esports titles has hit $775 million. At the current Dollar to Rand exchange rate, that’s roughly R14.1 billion!

This data comes from CasinosEnLigne, and you can read the full report on their website.

So what is the top esport title in terms of prize money? Well, that’s Dota 2 at $311 million. That’s more than both Fortnite and CS:GO combined. Fortnite is in second place with $148.4 million, while CS:GO takes third place at $145.5 million. The fourth spot goes to League of Legends with $98.7 million, and the fifth place goes to Arena of Valour with &70.5 million.

The Press Release explains esports’ growth:

“The eSports industry has come a long way since the first official video game competition in 1972, which awarded the grand prize of one year’s subscription to Rolling Stone magazine to the highest-scoring player of Spacewar. In fact, some of the most incredible payouts have been made over the past few years.

In 2020, the cumulative prize money of the five highest-paid eSports games stood at around $500 million. A year later, this figure jumped to $555 million. Statistics show the combined prize pools of the top five games have grown by an impressive $220 million in the last two years, before reaching $775 million this month.”

Those are what we call “happy” numbers. It is amazing to see how esports has grown over the years, and we can’t help but wonder what the total combined prize pool of top esports titles would be in 2030 and beyond.

Header image via Valve.

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