Top 10 Games with the Biggest Tournament Prize Pool

Written by:
Payton
Published on:
Nov/13/2017

Online casinos are being created every day! With the increasing number of these gaming establishments, there is a need for each casino to device ways through which it will attract players to their site and not the next one.

With most of them offering more or less of the same thing, casinos have to come up with creative ways to remain relevant.

One such way that casinos have devised is offering bonuses to their clients. Casinos have come up with bonuses as a way to incentivize new clients to join the casino, and also as a way to keep the already existing clients coming back to play at the casino. With the ability to get the free welcome bonus for no deposit slots, the loyalty bonuses, VIP status that comes with its perks and earning comp points that can be exchanged for other benefits like credits that you can play with, casino have now started creating tournaments that rake in lots of cash for their participants.

Gaming Tournaments

Gaming tournaments have gained traction in the recent past becoming an integral part of the gaming culture. Gaming tournaments are meant to gauge the ability of individual players against their opponents, and the best ones are usually rewarded in the end. The growth of the eSports industry since the 2000s has been a huge contributor to the popularity of the tournaments that have seen people walk away with millions of dollars. There are some celebrities that can link their fame to these tournaments that have gained traction with viewers watching them live and in the millions.

With that large number of viewers, brands want to be associated with the tournaments which would then mean that they will offer sponsorships for a chance to be advertised with the tournament. With that many sponsors, all who give large sums, the amount that has been awarded to players has been on the increase with it going to over a million dollars in some cases. Industries that sponsor the tournaments the most include energy drink manufacturers, computer manufacturers as well as development companies. Here are some of the largest prizes that have been won during the tournaments.

Here are some of the winners who have gone forth to become millionaires from playing that was considered a bad habit to indulge in not more than a decade back.

10. 2005 CPL World Tour Finals. $510,000

Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) was done throughout the year in 2005 and at different locations. The finale, which was hosted in New York city saw Jonathan Wendel (Fatal1ty), an American citizen, walk away with $150,000 making him among the most successful gamers in the world. The pool prize for this tournament was set for a little over half a million US dollars.

9. 2011, Call of Duty XP. $1,000,000

Call of Duty is one of the most popular games in the world with over 100 million in sales. It is, therefore, no wonder that the event would attract that much attention world over. The event, the first of the Call of Duty XP was held in California with a pool of $ 1,000,000. OpTic Gaming and Til Infinity won the first and second place and took home $400,000 and $200,000 respectively.

8. 2013, Call of Duty Championship. $1,000,000

The competition that would happen two years after the first Call of Duty experience saw the previous winners, OpTic thrashed to third place by newcomers Fariko.Impact and EnVyUs take the first and second place respectively. This competition attracted a pool worth $1 million shillings with the winners receiving $400,000

7. 2014, Call of Duty Championship. $1,000,000

This event attracted over 30 teams for competition. It was held in Los Angeles and North America would dominate the competition take the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. The winners, CompLexity took home $400,000 prize. The prize pool for this event matched the first and second Call of Duty tournaments with $1,000,000.

6. 2011, The International, $1.6 Million

The prize on offer in this competition had increased significantly. The competition did not just have a prize pool of $1.6 million, but it also awarded the winners of the competition walked home with $1,000,000 while the first runners-up received $200,000. This was a sign that the stakes had risen and the quest to win was really the ultimate objective. Natus Vincere, a team made up of Russians, a Ukrainian, and an Estonian won this competition.

5. 2012, The International, $1.6 Million

A sequel to the first “The International”, this competition has grown to become one of the most prestigious of tournaments in the eGaming industry. The competition attracts 16 teams that are hand picked by judges. The first prize was won by Invictus Gaming made up of one American and 5 Chinese.

4. 2012, LoL Season 2 World Championship. $1.97 Million

12 teams met in Los Angeles League of Legends (LoL) Championship. The tournament that had a pool of $2 million was the most watched show with over 8 million people. The winners, Taipei Assassins, from Hong Kong took home a $1 million prize.

3. 2003, LoL Season # Championship, $2.05 Million

LoL boasts about 27 million players for the multiplayer game every day. The game is quite popular which explains why the tickets got sold out in under an hour after they were put up for sale. The tournament had a pool of $2.05 million and was won by SK Telecom T1 who would then split the $1 million reward.

2. 2013, The International, $2.87

The biggest eSport tournament show, The International attracted so many sponsors and would invite over 15 teams to compete for the $1.4 million which was eventually won by Alliance, a 5 man team from. The team, known for its organized tactics beat their strong opponents NaVi.

1.  2014, The International. $10.9

The most exciting of all the tournaments ever held, this show attracted 5 times the pool that other previous tournaments had attracted. The event would see the winner walk home with $5 million while the 2nd runner-up and the 1st runner-up took $ 1 million and $2 million respectively.

As the gaming industry grows, so does the number of sponsors that would love to get on board and be part of this amazing experiences that have managed to make history.

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