The world of e-sports is experiencing an incredible evolution, increasingly captivating the interest of 'heavyweight' sponsorships. Thanks to all the money being moved, the level of prizes awarded has started to take on hard to believe proportions.
Contrary to what many may think, it is not just Fortnite that gives a lot of money. Recently, the winning team of The International Dota 2 tournament organized by Valve received a total of 14 million euros.
Dota 2 champions get more than Tiger Woods or Novak Djokovic!
To get a better idea of the dimensions of this Dota 2 "world championship", each player from the OG team received about 2.8 million euros. More than the world champion of Fortnite, which received approximately 2.7 million euros.
Most striking is the comparison that can be made with the world of high competition sports. For example, Nova Djokovic won a prize of approximately 2.6 million for winning the legendary Wimbledon tournament, and Tiger Woods about 1.9 million by winning the 2019 Masters.
Clearly, the prizes awarded in e-Sports tournaments are increasingly attractive. However, it is important to remember that the number of annual tournaments of this size is extremely small. In addition, the 'careers' of high competition gamers are much shorter than those of a tennis or golf athlete.
The sky is the limit for the big eSports tournaments
During this year we saw the Fortnite World Championship set new records for both participants and prizes awarded. Shortly thereafter, Valve's international tournament emerges, again breaking prize records.
There is no doubt that this is a segment that is showing impressive growth. Moreover, with the expansion to other extremely popular games, the emergence of new big tournaments seems guaranteed.
In addition, more and more top-ranked players are emerging, inspired by the success stories of their idols. Therefore, this is unlikely to be a short-term trend.
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