Top 10 Highest Paying E-Sports Games of All Time

E-sports, or competitive video gaming, has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the past decade. With this surge in popularity comes an increase in the prize money offered at e-sports tournaments. Here are the top ten highest paying e-sports games of all time:

Top 10 Highest Paying E-Sports Games of All Time
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1. Dota 2

Dota 2 tops the list with a staggering total prize money of $342,076,033.04. Developed and published by Valve Corporation, Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game where two teams of five players compete to destroy a large structure defended by the opposing team, known as the “Ancient”, whilst defending their own.

2. Fortnite

Next on the list is Fortnite, with a total prize money of $177,778,970.57. Fortnite is a battle royale game developed and published by Epic Games. In this game, up to 100 players fight to be the last person standing.

3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), with a total prize money of $162,236,209.24, is a multiplayer first-person shooter developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. In CS:GO, teams of terrorists and counter-terrorists battle to complete objectives while attempting to eliminate the enemy team.

4. League of Legends

League of Legends, with a total prize money of $107,910,240.26, is a MOBA game developed and published by Riot Games. In League of Legends, players assume the role of a “champion” with unique abilities and battle against a team of other player- or computer-controlled champions.

5. Arena of Valor

Rounding out the top five is Arena of Valor, with a total prize money of $89,613,979.50. Arena of Valor is a MOBA game published by Tencent Games. In Arena of Valor, players control a character and are tasked with destroying the enemy’s core, while also defending their own.

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The Remaining Top 10 Games:

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG):  $63,703,610.
  • Call of Duty: $31,288,976.
  • Overwatch:  $16,727,550.
  • Rainbow Six Siege:  $16,024,076.
  • CrossFire: $9,661,792.

These games offer significant prize pools for their tournaments, with some tournaments offering millions of dollars in prize money. As the e-sports industry continues to grow, it’s likely that these prize pools will continue to increase, offering even more opportunities for competitive gamers.


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