𝗧𝗼𝗽 𝟱 𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝗯𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆
𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘗𝘜𝘉𝘎: 𝘉𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵.
The eSports industry saw an insurmountable growth in 2021. We witnessed some new world championships for several games. We also saw record growth in the viewership of the existing ones. However, we haven't discussed the financial aspects of these events yet.
So, let's take a look at the five most rewarding esports events of 2021.
𝟱) 𝗔𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝗩𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗿
Arena of Valor is a MOBA title played on mobile devices and is highly popular in the continent of Asia. Developed by TiMi, AoV had the fifth-highest prize pool of any games at a record $12.3 million. And the prize money is expected to double in 2022 after the merger of the world championship of AoV with the Chinese version's tournament.
𝟰) 𝗣𝗨𝗕𝗚 𝗠𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗲
Unlike AoV, PUBG Mobile is highly popular in the West and the East. Even after the game's ban in India, PUBG Mobile didn't stop growing and had the fourth-highest prize pool in 2021. The Tencent-created game's total prize pool was $14.5 million.
𝟯) 𝗣𝗨𝗕𝗚: 𝗕𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱
PUBG is a popular game. If the inclusion of the mobile version of the game in the list didn't convince you about it, we found out the PC version to be of help as well. PUBG PC has an even greater collective prize pool, despite the claims of the game dying. The total prize pool was around $16 million.
Inspite of the restrictions put on CS:GO by the International Olympic Committee's guidelines, CS:GO has continued to make a name for itself. While many would have expected Valorant to be taking its place, CS:GO has brushed aside all the critics to continue being one of the top games in 2021. It had a collective prize pool of around $21 million.
𝟭) 𝗗𝗢𝗧𝗔 𝟮
Guessing the game with the highest prize pool wouldn't have been difficult, was it? DOTA 2's successful TI 10 this year saw the prize pool largely coming from the Compendium. The fans of the game ensured they spent heavily to get their favourite esports event of the year to have a prize pool as large as $47.2 million.