Revenge of the nerds: The 5 biggest prizes in gaming tournaments

The gaming industry has definitely gone trough some major changes over the last few years, with competitive gaming reaching new heights of popularity.  After we made the insane looking award for King of the Kill a few weeks ago, we started to get curious.. It seems that competitive gaming has been taken out of the player’s living room and placed into the world’s biggest venues. Thousands of spectators are watching these games live, and we’re not even mentioning the ones that view these tournaments on live streams.
thumb_img_1294_1024Competitive gaming or e-sports are a million dollar industry with an extremely loyal community of gaming enthusiasts and fans. More than 20 years after the first video game tournaments, the top eSports events draw audiences that would make traditional sports events jealous. Companies like Coca cola, Nissan and Red bull are just some of the high-level sponsors that are part of this insane marketing machine. This results in prize money that trumps tournaments such as Tour de France or the Super bowl. If you want your kid to become the next top-earning athlete, then you might want to reconsider buying a PS4 of a PC instead of those of expensive private tennis lessons.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-23-50-amWith numerous tournaments taking place every year there is big money to be earned in professional gaming. How to be a millionaire in a few years? 1. Say farewell to your social life 2. Learn how to play one of these games :

1. Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (or MOBA) developed by Valve. Like most other MOBAs, Dota 2 is free. The predecessor to Dota 2 is DotA, or Defense of the Ancients and it started out as a custom-built level from Warcraft III, developed by Blizzard entertainment. The biggest compitition for DOTA players is The International, one of the biggest tournaments in the gaming industry.

Fun fact: the prize pool for this tournament is completely sponsored by crowdfunding!

  • Overal Prize pool : $87,350,589.90
  • Players competing : 1651 Players
  • Number of Tournaments : 639

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-24-08-amPicture by Forbes 

2. League of legends 

League of legends is an all-time classic MOBA and completely free. The game is all about objective defense — a glorified capture the flag, if you will. League of legends is a direct competitor to Dota 2.

Fun fact: In 2014, for the first time, the streamed game’s broadcast attracted more viewers than the NBA Finals

  • Overal Prize pool : $30,923,548.39
  • Players competing : 4258 Players
  • Number of tournaments : 1754

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3.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter that was released in August 2012. The game is part of the Counter-Strike series and one of the most-played shooters worldwide.

Fun Fact: Like Dota 2, The game is also developed by Valve.

  • Overal Prize pool : $21,600,192.54
  • Players competing : 5958
  • Number of tournaments : 1878

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4. Starcraft II

Starcraft II is a real-time strategy computer game created by Blizzard Entertainment. Starcraft II is a sequel to (you guessed it) the already very popular Starcraft.

Fun fact: the game was sold 1,5 million times in the first 48 hours.

  • Overal Prize pool : $20,516,707.76
  • Players competing : 1584
  • Number of tournaments: 3904

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Picture by Blizcon

5. Counter-strike 

Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game released by Valve, in which players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team, or become spectators.

Fun fact : Recently, Counter strike was the victim of a huge gambling scandal 

  • Overal Prize pool : $10,765,812.78
  • Players Competing : 2587
  • Number of Tournaments:  572

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-25-06-amPicture by HLTV

The winners of these gaming tournaments are awarded with the craziest looking trophies. The bigger the better definitely implies here, and the designs are unique and often reference to the story of that game.

Storytelling trough awards and flawless designs is something that we know all to well here at 3D trophy factory. Take a look at our look book and don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for future projects!

Source : http://www.esportsearnings.com/games

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