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Top 5 Esports Games Hit $555 Million in Total Prize Money, a $50M Increase in a Year

Jastra Kranjec
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Over the years, the eSports industry became a huge revenue-generating machine with almost half a billion viewers who watched their favorite games being played by some of the world’s best gamers.

Although the COVID-19 caused considerable disruption to eSports events and tournaments last year, the leading eSports games still brought multi-million prize pools for the top players and teams.

According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, the five biggest eSports games hit $555 million in total prize money, almost a $50 million increase in a year.

Dota 2 Hit $230M in Total Prize Money, more than CS:GO and Fortnite Combined

The Esports Earnings data show Dota 2, as the biggest eSports game by total winnings, hit almost $230 million in prize money last month, more than the next two titles on the list combined.

Statistics show Dota 2 players competed in 102 tournaments and competitions in the last year and won $11.1 million in prize money. However, that is deep below $52.5 million from 130 events in 2019, as the record year for Dota 2 prize pools. The International 2019 and its $34.3 million worth prize pool still represents the biggest eSports tournament of all time.

With $6.9 million in total prize money, Danish gamer Johan “N0tail” Sundstein ranked as the most successful Dota 2 player globally. Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka and Anathan “ana” Pham follow with $6.4 million and $6 million in total earnings, respectively.

CS: GO Leads in 2020 Prize Money

With $109.2 million in combined tournament prize pools or two times less than the leading Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ranked as the second-biggest eSports game. However, Valve’s tactical first-person shooter game leads in total prize money in the last year.

Statistics show CS:GO players won $18.5 million in 300 events in 2020 and 2021, almost the same as Dota 2 and Fortnite prize money combined. Still, that was 25% less than the total prize money in 2019.

Fortnite players raked in $99.3 million in 673 tournaments so far, ranking third on the biggest eSports games list. The Esports Earnings data revealed that last year, Fortnite events brought $7.9 million in prize money, ten times less than in 2019. The number of competitions also plunged from 118 to only 25.

League of Legends ranked as the fourth-largest eSports game with over $82 million in total prize money, an $8.4 million increase in a year. Blizzard Entertainment`s military SF real-time strategy game, StarCraft II, follows with $34.4 million, respectively.

Jastra Kranjec
Jastra Kranjec

Jastra is an editor, writer, and PR specialist with years of experience in the news, research, and report writing. Over the years, she has covered different topics including gaming, the entertainment industry, and the tech market.

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