December 28 – The boom in football leagues, federations and clubs entering the esports market is only scratching the surface of the potential of the business if you look at the volumes of prize money paid out in eSports competitions over 2018.
And in terms of prize money FIFA’s own eWorld Cup tournament makes up only a tiny fraction of the games market. Its $400,000 in prize money ranked it as only the 162nd highest paying esports competition, according to data compiled by Esports Earnings.
In 2018, the top 10 games awarded more than $130 million in total prize money.
The top paying games were:
- Dota 2 Prize Pool: $41.26 million
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Prize Pool: $22.47 million
- Fortnite Prize Pool: $19.96 million
- League of Legends Prize Pool: $14.12 million
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Prize Pool: $6.73 million
- Overwatch Prize Pool: $6.7 million
- Heroes of the Storm Prize Pool: $6.52 million
- Hearthstone Prize Pool: $4.95 million
- StarCraft II Prize Pool: $4.53 million
- Call of Duty: WWII Prize Pool: $4.17 million
Source: Esports Earnings
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