One of the oldest multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment has crossed the $100M in tournament prize money mark. The game has joined the $100M club with DOTA 2, another valve developed game. Presently, DOTA 2 has awarded more than $200M in tournament prize money due to its most famous crowd-funded event, The International.
Released in 2012, the game got famous soon after its release. It has two sides: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides players try to eliminate each other to win the game. The first esport event was organized in 2013 which was sponsored by the Valve. Since then the esports scenario of this game has boosted the career of top pro players.
Though the valve doesn’t provide much prize money to all the CS: GO events. Although with the entry of various third party organizers have started large scale tournaments with massive prize pools.
According to the stats provided by Esports earning, CS: GO has awarded more than $100M prize pool in around 5160 Tournaments. Majority of the prize money is offered in the offline/LAN events as compared to the online events.
Presently, DOTA 2 holds the number 1 spot in terms of giving the high tournaments prize pool. According to the reports, around $226M prize money has been awarded in 1409 Tournaments. 95% of the prize money is offered in the offline/LAN events as compared to the online events. In terms of countries, China has earned the maximum amount of prize pool followed by Finland and the US.
Next in line to the list is Fornite, which is close to $100M mark but hasn’t reached it yet. Fortnite is a third-person online battle-royale action game launched in 2017 and developed by Epic Games.
After witnessing the huge gap between the prize money of DOTA 2 and CS: GO. It will be tough competition for CS: GO as an esports to cross them in terms of providing maximum total tournament prize money.