What Esports Make the Most Money?
It seems like every day you hear about a new esports tournament with a $1 million or more prize pool. Esports tournaments continue to grow and players’ earnings are skyrocketing. In this article, we are going to look at the top 5 esports based on money awarded. You can watch and bet on all of these esports at GGBET!
1. Dota 2
Dota 2 is the king of esports in terms of tournament prize pools and total money paid out to players. It is estimated that Dota 2 tournaments have paid out over $300 million! A large chunk of this cash comes from The International which is Dota 2’s yearly world championship. The International has by far the biggest prize pool in esports. The 2021 event had a mouth-watering $40 million up for grabs.
If you are looking to convert your gaming skills into cold hard cash then Dota 2 is the ultimate game to play. However, it is highly competitive with an estimated 7 million + monthly active players. If you want to make it on a pro squad you better start practicing!
In second place comes the legendary survival game Fortnite! Fortnite took the gaming world by storm in 2017 when it was first released. The game was incredibly exciting and offered a massive world that you could explore and opportunities to build structures and unlock awesome weapons.
At Fortnite’s peak, the game had over 100 million active players. It is estimated that Fortnite tournaments have paid out players $143 million. At the 2019 Fornite World Cup, $30 million in prizes was up for grabs and the winner (a teen from the US) took home $3 million.
3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
We can’t have a list of top-paying esports without including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive! This incredible first-person shooter was released back in 2012 by Valve and has maintained its position as one of the premier esports. CS:GO has an estimated 30 million active players and a well-developed professional season.
CS:GO tournaments have paid out an estimated $142 million in cash prizes. The biggest CS:GO tournaments are known as Majors. These international events are held around the world a couple of times a year. Majors are sponsored by Valve and have a minimum prize pool of $1 million.
4. League of Legends
League of Legends is actually the most popular esport in the world thanks to its cult-like following in China. There are over 100 million active monthly League of Legends players around the world and tournaments have paid out just under $98 million.
This esport is a 5v5 multiplayer battle online arena game like Dota 2 and has a number of professional leagues including the League Championship Series and the League of Legends Pro League. The biggest tournament of the year is the World Championships. The 2022 League of Legends World Championships had a prize pool of over $2 million.
There are now so many games that allow you to become an esports pro. However, if you want to maximize your chance of becoming a millionaire then you should stick to Dota 2, Fortnite, CS:GO, and League of Legends. All of these esports regularly have large tournaments with 7 figure prize pools.