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Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Here is the Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

10. League of Legends 2015 World Championship

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Event was hosted in 4 different cities, each city for a certain stage of the tournament.
  • Sporting a ginormous 2,130,000 dollar prize pool.
  • It was the World Championship for League of Legends.
  • Duration over a period of one month.
  • 16 teams participated in it, each team having 5 players.
  • The group stages held in Paris, the quarterfinals were held in London.
  • The semifinals were held in Brussels.
  • And also the finals were held in Berlin.
  • Ain’t that a whole lot of flying around to sit and play at a LAN party? The finalists were both Korean teams, each of them fighting for a 1,000,000 dollar prize.

 

9. Halo World Championship, 2016

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Held in Hollywood California, during March this year, this tournament boasted an enormous 2.5 million dollar prize pool and was the world championship for the video game Halo
  • The winners – team Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) who took home a 1,000,000 dollar prize, to be shared among 4 players.
  • The runners up, Team Allegiance had to settle with a 500,000 dollar prize.
  • Halo is an extremely popular X-box exclusive shooter game which has been extremely popular ever since Halo 1 came out
  • In fact it is the sole reason some people chose the Xbox over the Playstation- to play Halo.

 

8. Smite World Championships, 2015

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • This tournament was the first World Championship for Smite, an action RTS game
  • It utilizes a more action oriented approach, with a rather lenient learning curve compared to League or Dota.
  • With a prize pool of $2,612,259, it sure got a lot of attention.
  • The first ever Smite World Championship winner was team Cognitive Prime, who took home the lion’s share of the prize pool-more than 1.3 million dollars.
  • The runners up, team Titan went on to received 522,000 dollars.

 

7. The International 2013

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Every single tournament from this point onward in the list is a Dota 2 tournament, purely by virtue of the enormous prize pools that the game hands out.
  • International 2013 would see 16 of the worlds best Dota 2 teams battle it out at the Benaroya Arena in Seattle for a share of the 2,874,407 dollar prize pool.
  • The finals of the International 3 is still widely considered as the best Dota 2 International finals till date, partly due to the rivalry between the two finalists- Natus Vincere and Alliance.
  • The best of 5 series resulted in a 2-2 cliffhanger, the winner of that final game would get to go home with $1,437,204 in their bag.
  • The game began extremely well for the Ukrainian squad of Natus Vincere who secured early objectives, the Swedish team of Alliance looked like it was on the ropes for sure.
  • However they miraculously turned the game around on the base of some really clutch plays by Gustav “S4” Magnusson, the captain of Alliance.
  • They Swedes won a really intense final game, and also Natus Vincere were forced to settle for the runners up position, and 632,370 dollars.

 

6. The Shanghai Major, 2016

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Ever since last year, Valve- the company who owns Dota 2, said that they will be hosting 4 “Majors” each year, one of which will be The International.
  • Every Major except the International will have a base prize pool of 3,000,000 dollars, completely funded by Valve.
  • Which means more stability, and more chances of income for everyone in the Dota 2 scene every year.
  • The winners of the Shanghai Major were crowd favorites Team Secret, who took home a prize of 1,110,000 dollars.
  • The runners up, team Liquid took home 405,000. A total of 16 teams participated at the tournament, representing 21 different nations. Even the teams that placed last, received a prize of 30,000 dollars.

5. The Frankfurt Major, 2015

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Held in Frankfurt, this was the first ever Dota 2 Major, and was anticipated by many fans to be the tournament that would decide which team gets to rule the scene til the next three months.
  • It was a spectacular display of skill and coordination by the top 16 teams in the world, and the cosplay was pretty amazing too.
  • The tournament was a series of upsets in which crowd and analyst favorite teams got knocked down by underdogs.
  • New teams that had formed in the aftermath of the International 2015.
  • The tournament was a tale of rags to riches for team OG, a team who were regarded by many as severe underdogs coming into the tournament, but went on to win 1,110,000 dollars worth of money.
  • This major, like the other ones had a prize pool of 3,000,000 dollars.
  • Team Secret were the runners up (went on to win the next Major at Shanghai), and took home 405,000 dollars.

 

4. The Manila Major, 2016

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Held in the Mall of Asia arena at Manila, Philippines.
  • It was also the first big Dota 2 tournament.
  • Much to the surprise of the organizers, the crowd at Manila was unlike no other, they were constantly making noise, cheering for the local team and were extremely energetic.
  • The finals of the tournament even featured a guest appearance by Kristian Nairn (Hodor from Game of Thrones), who held the door for the two finalists as they entered the arena amidst the applause of thousands of enthusiastic fans.
  • This time, the 1,110,000 dollars went to team OG, the first team ever in Dota 2 history to win two Valve events, and marked the beginning of a new age in terms of team stability and taught everyone that the best teams are the ones which stick together.
  • Team Liquid were the runners up, taking home a 405,000 dollar share.

 

3. Dota Asia Championships (DAC), 2015

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • This tournament introduced a brand new team Evil Geniuses, spearheaded by a skinny 15 year old kid from Pakistan, called “Sumail“, who had just recently migrated to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a Dota 2 professional.
  • Fortunately for him, Evil Geniuses, the largest American gaming organization, noticed the young kids talent and decided to take a huge gamble by making him a part of the team which was just about to compete in three million dollar tournament.
  • Sumail, who came from a poor Pakistani family, became an instant hit in the Dota 2 scene and he enjoyed his first big chunk of esports money at the age of 15, as Evil Geniuses snagged a whopping 1,284,158 dollars for placing first.

 

2. The International 2014

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Long story short, this was a 10,000,000 dollar video game tournament.
  • Yep, you got it right, Google it if you don’t believe what you are reading.
  • Every month, smaller tournaments occur with prize pools in the range of 50,000 to 300,000 dollars.
  • And every week there is like 4 or 5 of these “smaller” tournaments going on simultaneously across the globe.
  • There could be a couple going on in Europe, a few more in China, a couple more in America, and one or two in south east Asia.

 

1. The International 2015

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

Top 10 Video Game Tournaments with Multi-million Dollar Prize

  • Prize amount is 18 million dollars.
  • Won by an American team
  • Evil Geniuses took home more than 6 million dollars in prize money after a grueling battle with the Chinese dark horse team, CDEC.
  • And also young Sumail couldn’t have asked for a better start to his gaming career-not even half a year in the scene and he’s already a millionaire.
  • The kid’s parents must be really proud of their son’s career choice by now.
  • CDEC received 2,856,590 dollars as second place prize money, now a well recognized name in the international Dota 2 community.
  • Almost reached 18 million dollars
  • At this rate, we might see a 25 million dollar tournament for Dota 2 really soon.
  • And also only one thing is for certain-it is going to get even bigger next year, and bigger the year after.
  • Gaming is here to stay and also at this rate you can never say where it will go next.

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