We all know how much Esports has flourished in the past 2 years, an esports player winning as much or even more than top Sportsmen was record until now.
The International 9, DOTA’s biggest annual event, saw a prize pool of over 30 million dollars. With OG winning the tournament and getting a sweet $15.6 million, it meant that even if the prize money was distributed equally among the players, each member would receive a whopping $3.1 million in their kitty which is more than the traditional sports like golf and tennis.
If we compare that to traditional sports, it makes this number even more shocking. The victors of this years’ Wimbledon Championship, Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic, received $2.7 million while Tiger Woods was awarded $2.09 Million for his performance at the masters. This, even though the two sports are more popular than traditional sport.
This event happens only once a year, Wimbledon and the masters are just one of many giant events that offer similar prize money. Another difference is that most earnings of traditional sports players is through sponsorships and brand deals, while esport players depends on a lot on prize winnings.
Nevertheless, this is a step in the right direction for esports fans and professionals as esports becomes a more valid hunt for youngsters who find they have a natural skill at competitive games, it is wholly possible a much bigger invasion of talent enters the scene over the next few years.