Lucrative eSports Industry Exceeds 1 Billion

Love playing video games? Welcome to the exciting and extremely competitive world of eSports: a multiplayer platform where video gamers play for huge prizes in top-level tournaments. The payoffs for winning an eSport tournament or championship are growing exponentially, awarding prizes in the millions of dollars. Get ready for 2019. This year promises exciting matches for head-to-head competitions as well as teams participating in leagues.

According to Business Insider researchers, “Competitive video gaming will be a $1.5 billion industry by 2020 and Newzoo projects will reach $1.48 billion and 589 million, respectively, not including revenue generated from eSports-related betting.”

Players migrate from the all around the globe to compete against each other taking video gaming to the professional sports level with many players battling for prize pools of around $24,000,000.

Your Guide to eSports Tournaments 2019

The International  August 15-20

This eSport event takes place in Shanghai’s Mercedes-Benz Arena where teams compete for one of the 18 available spots by playing in a series of small tourney’s called the Dota Pro Circuit. The total prize money could top $11 million.

  • The International: A Dota 2 tournament featuring teams from around the globe. Game developer Valve is awarding 25% of their “Battle Pass” profits to the prize money pool. This gesture makes the International one of the top-paid esports tournaments on Earth, second to the 2018 version which reached over $25,000,000 in prize money.

CS: GO Major Tournaments  August 20 – September 8

The last “Major” was held at Intel’s Masters Xlll, awarding $500,000 to the Danish team, Astralis.

  • CS:GO: The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive “Majors” hosts players from around the world sponsored by Valve. It takes place in Berlin, Germany featuring 24 teams from Europe, Asia, CIS, and the USA. 

Overwatch World Cup  November 2-3

Teams compete as a single unit under their national flag instead of their eSports affiliates; prize money is typically around $16,000.

  • Overwatch: According to Blizzard, “So more nations can compete at BlizzCon, we announce a tournament structure offering eligible countries an opportunity to form teams so they can challenge others for a spot in the onsite Group Stage. In 2019, the entire tournament will take place in Anaheim, California, and streamed live to platforms worldwide.” 

Fortnite World Cup Finals  July 26-28

Streamers and players find the $40 million prize pool irresistible in this tournament sponsored by Epic Games.

  • Fortnite: Qualifying participants earn a minimum of $50,000 with top player awarded $30 million.

Top Games, Players and Awards

#1 Dota 2

  • $179,400,542.192940 Players1105 Tournaments

#2 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

  • $75,420,860
  • 6611556 Players
  • 4055 Tournaments 

#3 League of Legends

  • $67,865,349
  • 436390 Players
  • 2295 Tournaments 

#4 StarCraft II

  • $30,338,965
  • 241932 Players
  • 5394 Tournaments 

#5 Fortnite

  • $29,666,742
  • 142456 Players
  • 318 Tournaments


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