Now as many avid gamers know there are a wide variety of esports, for example Call Of Duty, Overwatch, League Of Legends, Dota and Counter Strike Global Offensive (CSGO for short) and the newest being Fortnite, with the most watched Esport being CSGO reeling in a humongous 7.9 million hours watched as of December 2018 with Dota 2 coming second only by the thousands!
it’s safe to say since the ‘Space Invaders’ Championship held by Atari attracting more than 10,000 participants across the United States in 1980, we’ve definitely come a very long way.
So with that being said let’s talk about the money involved within esports, prize pools for esports haven’t always been what they are now, as of 2018 the prize pool for the massive Internationals of LoL where all the big guns come out, teams like ‘Invictus’ (the champions of 2018) ‘Fnatic’ and ‘Cloud9’ were competing for a ridiculous $25,532,177.00, but let’s go back a few years to 2011 with the first ever League Of Legends World Championship the prize pool in those days were $100,000 with $50,000 going to the winners Fnatic, $25,000 to Against all authority, $10,000 to Team SoloMid (TSM) and so on and so forth
Sydney IEM 2019
One of the most recent CS:GO tournaments in Sydney was won by a team name ‘Team Liquid’ After coming so close in signature events, Team Liquid has finally got rid of their dry streak they were on winning a hard fought best of five against a resurgent Fnatic.
In my opinion my MVP: Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken may not have had the most inspired grand finale, but he proved his qualities as a star player equal to some of Europe’s finest.
Team Liquid played an extremely close 5 game series 3-2 closing the fifth game out 16-9.
Team Liquid received $100,000 for placing first in the tournament.
To find out more about the whole event click the link below.
T.L earnt a massive $933,750 in CS:GO winnings in 2018
T.L earnt a humongous $2,542,250 in Dota 2 winnings in 2018 including a 4th place finish in the 2018 international winning them $1,787,250
T.L earnt a luxurious $518,651 in League Of Legends winnings during 2018
Team Liquid in 2019 have won more that $300,000 which is a brilliant start to 2019.
Who to look out for
All teams have a view to where they would want to be where they see themselves in 5 years for example here is one of my favourite team to follow if you are stuck for a team to support and follow
Luminosity Gaming: With a 4th place finish in the most recent Black ops 4 Competition LG have really come into their own since forming in 2015 their highest finish in the past being a 1st in the CWL Anaheim open in 2017 copping a massive prize pool of $80,000 for the team
Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry: the longest running member of LG has the role of Support SMG and has been in LG since coming in from Rise nation in 2016 he is an almost guaranteed performer and you can always trust ‘Slacked’ to be a consistent performer.
Johnathan ‘John’ Perez: since coming back from a short stay in Envy, you could tell John had some much enthusiasm to get to the very top finally finding a team he can call home after bouncing for team to team, little known fact John placed 3rd at the 2017 CWL Atlanta Open while competing with a broken middle finger.
Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper: Now in my opinion formal is the most recognisable Slayer in the game coming from Optic we all know how much of a beast this guy is, in his first tournament in the sky blue that is LG they finished 2nd place to a very strong Enigma6 losing 3-1. Little known fact FormaL has 20 Major championship wins.
Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman: also, a very new member to the blues coming from rise nation in October of 2018, Gunless has the role of Flex and plays extremely well at AR and SMG respectively, Gunless came in 2nd place in the ELeague on Team ‘NAMELESS’ finished on a 5-5 record and losing out to team MerK who finished 6-3. Little known fact Gunless was awarded the MVP at the 2018 CWL Seattle Open playing for Rise Nation.
Nicholas ‘Classic’ DiCostanzo: Classic has been a big-time player everywhere he goes, I remember when he started and was slaying as if he was on private match playing bots while he was a member of FaZe and he never slowed up since! Classic came 4th in the first major event for LG at the CWL Las Vegas 2019 securing $20,000 with the team.
Different types of esports and what to look for
There are many different esports out there currently and a lot of them have MASSIVE prize pools for example:
- Overwatch – Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Described as a “hero shooter”, Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of 30 characters, known as “heroes”, each with a unique style of play whose roles are divided into three general categories that fit their role
- Call Of Duty – Call of Duty is a first-person shooter video game franchise. Infinity Ward was the series’ first developer, with Treyarch later becoming the second, creating a two-team development cycle. Sledgehammer Games later became the third developer in the cycle. Activision has served as the publisher for the series since its creation.
- League of Legends – League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and macOS.
- Dota 2 – Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) (quite similar to League Of Legends) video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.
- Counter Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series and was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 21, 2012, while the Linux version was released in 2014.