To most, playing video games is just a hobby, a pass time. In the world of e-sports however, serious money can be made in competitive video gaming. In a list of the 100 largest prize pools ever offered, it starts at $132,684 for a League of Legends tournament and reaches $10,931,103 for a Defense of the Ancients tournament in 2014.
The International 2014: Dota 2 Championship
Held between the 18th and 21st July, the International 2014 took place in the KeyArena in Seattle, a venue with a seating capacity of over 17,000. The tournament was organised by Valve, who set the prize pool at $1,600,000, with an extra $2.50 added for every TI4 Compendium sold, a product on offer at the time of the tournament. The final prize of $10,931,103 was divided between 14 teams, each consisting of 5 players, with $5,028,308 going to the team in 1st place.
Highest Paying Games
Of the 13 e-sports price pools which have reached $1,000,000, 5 have been offered for tournaments of Defense of the Ancients 2, 3 for League of Legends, and 1 each for Smite, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.