From very small beginnings eSports has become a huge worldwide phenomenon, generating massive amounts of annual revenue.
It is already a multi-million dollar industry, with tournaments and events regularly offering prize pools that dwarf many other traditional sports.
With an increasing number of sponsors and broadcasters eager to get involved in eSports, this trend looks set to continue for many years to come.
Experts have predicted that annual global eSports revenues will hit $1.1 billion by the end of 2019, highlighting its huge worldwide appeal. Read on as we look at some of the most profitable eSports.
Dota 2 remains one of the most profitable eSports around, offering successful players the chance to win eye-watering amounts of money.
Its biggest tournament – The International – had a prize pool of nearly $25 million in 2018, but that total was smashed out of the ballpark this time around.
More than $34m was on offer to players in 2019, ensuring that Dota 2 maintained its place as one of the most lucrative eSports in the industry.
A total of 18 teams competed in the tournament, with OG eventually beating Team Liquid 3-1 in the best-of-five series to become the first ever back-to-back champions.
Fortnite’s popularity has skyrocketed since it was first launched back in 2017 to become one of the most popular eSports games in the world.
Developers Epic Games put up $100m in prize money for tournaments held during 2018 and 2019, making Fortnite a hugely attractive proposition for players.
Their World Cup: Solos and World Cup: Duos events both had prize pools of more than $15m this year and those figures are expected to be smashed next time around.
The major story from the event was 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf scooping the $3m first-place prize and the right to be called the best Fortnite player in the world.
League of Legends
League of Legends continues to be a solid performer in eSports circles, although the 2019 prize pool was lower than had previously been the case.
More than $16m had been given away over the previous three League of Legends World Championships, but the total was cut to $2,225,000 in 2019.
This year’s event saw China’s FunPlus Phoenix play Spain’s G2 Esports in front of 15,000 fans at the AccroHotels Arena in Paris.
FunPlus Phoenix swept to the title, claiming the prize money and a huge 70-pound trophy with a case designed by Louis Vuitton.