Before the emergence of platforms such as SkillGaming, selling skins or competing in esports tournament were the only way to make money while playing games. This said, what are the highest paying games when it relates to esport tournaments and prize money ?
Dota 2 is by far the game offering the largest prize pools. In the top 10 of the most lucrative tournaments of esports history, Dota 2 is represented six times. The International 2019 distributed a prize pool of more than $34 million. The Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 awarded a little bit more than 15 million.
Fortnite quickly became a game that shook the battle royale genre, and the gaming universe in general. Recently, it became one of the most profitable games to be engaged with as a pro gamer as prize pools are getting fatter and fatter. 2019 has broken many records, and it’s very probable that prizes would be even more generous in 2020.
CG:GO is a pretty old game, but it still immensely popular around the word. Despite the fact that CS:GO prize pools are way lower than the ones of Dota 2, it still attracts a lot of pro gamers. The best CS:GO earners are based in Europe, they raked more than 1.5 million dollars by playing their favorite FPS… Not bad, right!
League of Legends (Lol)
Lol is an action real-time strategy game that is not getting younger as well since it was released more than 10 years ago, in 2009. It is similar to Dota 2, and is also very popular. It is played in teams (3v3 or 5v5). This game is clearly dominated by Korean and Chinese gamers. The only European in the top 25 is from Croatia. The best, Sang Hyeok Lee, has earned more than $1 million for playing (and winning, of course) League of Legends tournaments.
Why is there so much money in esports?
Well, it’s simple, there is money because gaming is increasingly popular. As young generations are more and more eager to play video games and older gamers don’t give up their PC or their consoles while aging, the market keeps growing. Improvement of development and purchasing power in emerging countries is also bringing more gamers in.
Has since the market is big, the money is flowing. The computer part manufacturers and gaming gear companies have always been involved in esports, but now they are even joined by other business that are not directly connected with the gaming industry, but still sponsors it. Esports, as the name suggests, is becoming a real sport that is enjoyed by viewers and by the gamers that are competing. The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will even feature gaming competitions (Rocket League and Street Fighter V)!
Even though it’s already big, the esports market is forecast to grow in the coming years. And nowadays platforms offering skills-based betting on video games becomes another option to make money while playing video games.