We had so many difficult times this year, but finally the end of awful 2020 has come. There were a few things that helped us have fun in this period, and one of them was esports tournaments. Despite all the technical impossibility, organizers tried their best to provide high-level competition to the viewers. Countless big events have been held throughout this year, but which ones of them had the most prize pools?
Overwatch League 2020 – $4,775,000
The Overwatch League took first place in the list thanks to having a $4,775,000 prize pool through a combination of regular seasons and playoffs. Starting offline in February, the league had to change the format to online due to COVID-19 pandemic. Overwatch League 2020 found its champion nearly eight months after it started; San Francisco Shock lifted the crown by defeating Seoul Dynasty with a 4-2 in the grand final and earned $1,500,000.
Call of Duty League 2020 – $4,600,000
Call of Duty League 2020 was another big event that lasted more than seven months. The teams competed with each other throughout the season and did their best to qualify for playoffs which were held in August. CDL 2020’s playoffs were played between Aug. 19-30, watched by more than 300K viewers and disbursed $4,600,000 among the teams. Dallas Empire grabbed the biggest prize, $1,500,000, by beating Atlanta FaZe in the grand final.
Peacekeeper Elite League 2020 Season 3 – $3,200,000
A China-based tournament joined the list in third place with popular battle royale game PUBG Mobile. Twenty Chinese teams participated in the highest-level professional league which was played offline in Xi’an. After a month-long competition, Four Angry Man won the event with a decent performance and took its rightful share of a $3,200,000 prize pool.
Six Invitational 2020 – $3,000,000
Six Invitational was the only major tournament of Rainbow Six Siege in 2020 since the rest of the majors were canceled by ESL and Ubisoft. Sixteen of the strongest teams fought for glory and a $3,000,000 prize pool between Feb. 7-16, and North America’s representative Spacestation Gaming managed to claim the trophy alongside the $1,000,000 first-place prize.
League of Legends Worlds 2020 – $2,225,000
Despite having the most viewers among the others, LoL’s Worlds 2020 offered less money than its colleagues. But still, the event was fifth based on the prize pool. Hosting 22 teams from all over the world, the event was organized in Shanghai. Worlds 2020 peaked around 4 million viewers during the event and had 1.1 million average viewers. At the end of the tournament, South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming beat up Suning and won $556,250.
Prizes of esports events are growing every single year. Even though the outbreak affects everywhere in the world, the industry keeps its pools at a high level.