Leading eSports tournaments worldwide as of November 2019, by prize pool

The graph presents the leading eSports tournaments worldwide as of November 2019, ranked by overall prize pool. As of the measured period, The International 2019, which took place in Shanghai in August 2019 and featured DOTA 2, ranked first, with a total prize pool of 34.33 million U.S. dollars.

eSports prize pool – additional information

The entire eSports market is expected to grow over the coming years. From an estimated 865 million U.S. dollars in 2018, worldwide revenues are projected to increase to 1.79 billion in 2022. Looking at the latest regional profitability data, Asia was considered to be generating the lion’s share of the revenues in 2017, followed by North America with its 392 million U.S. dollar eSports market.

While the International 2017 was the leading tournament of 2017 based on the overall prize pool, the combined prize pools for all eSports events that year reached 121.1 million U.S. dollars worldwide. The fact that only a year earlier the prize pools were reported 25 million less than that amount illustrates the increasing worth and significance of this segment of the gaming industry. What is more, in 2017, it was calculated that DOTA 2, the official game of The International championships, accounted for 34.3 percent of the total eSports prize money that year.

That same year, 10.84 percent of the eSports prize pools went to League of Legends. In terms of dollar value, League of Legends’ total prize pool in 2018 amounted to 14.12 million U.S. dollars. While professional League of Legends' players compete via a variety of different tournaments, one of the most recognized tournaments is The World Championship. In fact, the 2016 World Championship was the third most watched eSports event of all time, attracting 43 million unique viewers worldwide.

Leading eSports tournaments worldwide as of November 2019, ranked by overall prize pool

Prize pool in million U.S. dollars
The International 201934.33
The International 201825.53
The International 201724.69
The International 201620.77
The International 201518.43
Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 - Solo15.29
Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 - Duo15.1
The International 201410.93
LoL 2018 World Championship6.45
LoL 2016 World Championship5.07
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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Special properties

data accessed on November 6, 2019; figures are estimates

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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