Esports Top Five Highest Paying Games

In this day and age when sports has taken over the world. One particular sport has become a phenomenon. Esports has really taken off.

In this day and age when sports has taken over the world. One particular sport has become a phenomenon. Esports has really taken off. It has created a mass market of competition all over the world. Many games have been introduced but the top 5 are listed in our list.

5. Counter-Strike

Counter-Strike is the only retired game. Its predecessor is Counter-Strike:Global offensive title. This game is a tactical first person shooter. It is also the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series. The game puts two teams against each other. Its the Terrorists against the Counter-Terrorists. In the game both are playing to eliminate the other. Also you must complete numerous objectives. Terrorists part is to plan bombs or defend the hostages. The counter terrorists on the other hand try to stop the terrorists from planting the bombs and rescue the hostages. Counter Strike is number five in numbers too. In the Prize Pool category it stands at $10,771,935.77. It has 2587 proffesional players with up to 572 tournaments. Sweden is the highest earning counter standing at 2,733,810.21. The largest pool for Counter-Strike has been $200,000.00 dollars. The largest pool came back in 2003 in the 2003 CPL Summer. Sk Gaming took 60,000 out of the 200,000.00 pool winning 1st place.

4. Starcraft II

The game is based on military science fiction real-time strategy. It is played on a one vs one playing format. Missions on this game are based or accessed through a Protoss version of Hyperions known as Celestial Array. The mission of Artanis the Protoss character is to unify the Protoss and stand against Armon a fallen Xel'Naga who wants to remake the universe under his image. Starcraft has been called the most succesful e-sport in the world. South Korea has adopted it as its favorite past time. It has dedicated two television channels televising professional StarCraft matches. Starcraft prize pool has reached up to $21,765,461.56 it has 1599 professional players. It has held 3971 tournaments with its highest earning counter being South Korea with $14,570,946.89. Its largest pool has been estimated at $500,000.00.

3. Counter-Strike :Global Offensive

Global Offensive is an installment of Counter Strike. It has the same agenda and its part of the series. It is based on teams of terrorists and counter-terrorists in battle. The terrorists perpetrate an act of terror and the counter -terrorists try to prevent it. This game is also the largest Global esports title with over 820 tournaments recorded. It almost quadrupled its tournaments. It is currently on TBS in America and its viewership has become larger each year. Global Offensive which is the offspring of another top five game has a prize pool of $28,638,773.08. The most recent count of proffesional players it holds are 6495 with 2046 tournaments. Highest earning counter was Sweden with $4,525,321.90. Largest prize pool ever was $1410.000.00. Approximately 1.6 million people watched the MLG Columbus live.

2. League of Legends

LoL which is the abbreviation for the game is a multiplayer online battle arena video game. League of Legends picked up momentum rather quick.It became the fastest growing user base of all time. In this game players assume the role of an unseen summoner. This summoner controls a "champion" that has unique abilities. They battle against a team of players or other computer controlled champions. The overall goal is to the destroy the opposing team's nexus. The nexus is a structure that lies in the heart of a base protected by other defensive structures. All League of Legends matches are very discrete. Every champion starts off weak but increases its strength by gaining items and experience over the course of the game. Currently it has around 100 million active users each month making it the most played esport game on the whole planet. It received 263.8 million hours watch on Twitch. In 2016 it broke their record for the biggest pool prize which was $5,070,000.00. Its prize pool $37,042,213.80. Professional players on its roster are 4332 with 1773 tournaments. South Korea was it highest earning counter with $13,832,712.92. In 2015 LoL had more people watching their World Championship then the NBA Finals online.

1. Dota 2

Defense of the Ancients is multiplayer,free to play online battle arena game. It pits two teams of five. The International is the annual world championship which holds the world record for the largest Esports prize pool. The two teams compete to destroy a large structure defended by the opposing team known as the Ancient while defending their own team. The game is controlled by using standard real-time strategy controls it is presented on a single map in a three dimensional isometric perspective. Ten players control one of the games 113 characters known to this world as heroes. All of these heroes have their own design, have their own benefits and weaknesses. They are divided into two primary roles known as carry and support. Carries are called cores and start off as weak and vulnerable but grow in strength later in the game. Supports lack abilities and are dealt heavy damage. Dota 2 success is from the company itself introducing a major pro circuit each year. They offer 3 major events funded by crowdfunding and game creators Valve. The game developers Valve offer an initial cash purse of $1,600,000 and they rest of the money within the community. The Prize Pool stands at $94,814,164.45 they have 1709 professional players under their belt. Tournaments stand at 654 with the highest earning country being China with $37,253,914.71. To date the largest prize pool has been $20,770,640.00 which makes it the number one esports game highest prize pool of all time.


Overall the Esports industry keeps growing. Although many have not been as succesful as these top 5 five. All of them continue to grow as more and more people join the world of this sport. Esports is the next generation of sports. Sports are not typical anymore. In this day and age they are becoming digital and very high tech. Although football, basketball or baseball will be around forever the next generation of high paid players will probably come from Esports.

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MrMiyagi: Esports has become the next
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:16

Esports has become the next generation of sports. It continues to grow and is becoming more and more popular.

pokoracle: Esports pays out some good
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 17:04

Esports pays out some good money. It just seems so complicated to join.

dubbydubdub: I think esports keeps getting
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 22:40

I think esports keeps getting more popular each day. Its crazy how many people are into it nowadays.

NoBluffin: Its so crazy how much some of
Wed, 05/31/2017 - 23:02

Its so crazy how much some of these esports pay. I do think they will take over sports in the near future.

gamer1: Crazy money In this games. I
Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:01

Crazy money In this games. I wonder if its complicated to join these games.

pokoracle: It is hard to join a team.
Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:18

It is hard to join a team. You need sponsors and just not any team will take you.

Jesusinspirit: I hear its nearly impossible
Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:25

I hear its nearly impossible to join a team especially for the top 5 listed here.

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