Prize Pool – LoL Worlds 2017

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Since the first LoL World Championship in 2011, the prize pool has been ever-growing and will likely reach another record level at this year’s LoL Worlds 2017. The Budget of Riot itself in the last two years has been $2.130.000 USD, whereas in 2016, 25% of the sales of the Championship Skin of Zed and the Championship Wardskin were added to the prize pool, resulting in a sum of $5.070.000 USD (approximately 4,621,122.46 €) in total. The prize money for the World Champion was 40% of the prize pool, but also the last-placed teams got tens of thousands of Dollars. At first sight, these numbers may seem pretty huge, but another MOBA is holding the record for the highest prize pool ein eSports: The International 2017 (TI 7) from Dota 2 is currently at approximately 22 Million USD and this sum is still increasing. If you just look at League of Legends, you will most likely see another record-breaking prize pool at this year’s LoL World Championship 2017. The popularity of this event seems to continue its recent growth and many viewers play the game themselves and want to support the players with their in-game purchases. We will provide you with more information about the contribution of prize money before the tournament starts. The size of the prize pool will be announced shortly before the finals and will be here for you to find.

UPDATE 18th October: $2.250.000 USD + (1.850.000$) 25% of Ashe Championship Sales

2017 LoL Words Distribution of Prize Money

Because of great changes in the format of the LoL World Championship, the distribution of prize money will most likely not be the same as last year. You can look up the shares of the teams in last year’s event here. But as mentioned, due to the increased number of participants from 16 to 24, there will be more teams to get prize money and thus the shares of each team will get smaller. We will keep you up to date with further information about the distribution of prize money as soon as possible!

LoL Worlds Prize Pool in Comparison

We now take a look at how the lates prize pools of LoL World Championships compare to other eSports events. As mentioned before is the yearly The International from Dota 2 the tournament with the highest prize pools. For the TI 7 (The International 2017)  taking place in August 2017, the prize pool as almost reached an estimated 22 Million USD, already surpassing last year’s prize pool. To compare this to traditional sports: The prize pool of the football World Cup 2014 has reached 358 Million USD. That’s way more than any eSport event could achieve in the next few years, but football World Cups have been around since 1930, the LoL Worlds as well as The International have both been established in 2011. Besides the two most famous MOBAs, other games can’t provide with such generous prize pools. Although Counter Strike: Global Offensive is fairly popular with an all-time peak of 850,485 unique players on one day, the highest prize pool reached yet is 1.5 Million USD. Here is an overview of prize pool in the last few years. (Image source: esportsearning.com)

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