“Worlds” continues. But LOL players are not eSports’ highest earners

“Worlds” continues: But LOL players are not eSports’ highest earners

The Leauge Of Legends World Championship, “Worlds” competition attracts the best LOL teams from around the World. This year, the event is held in China, with the Group Stages having just been completed, hosted in the city of WuHan.

2017 World Championship Group Stage at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 12 October 2017.

“Worlds” continues: Knockout Stage

From October 19th-22nd, the Quarterfinals will take place at the Guangzhou Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.

The Semifinals start a week later from October 28th-29th at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China.

2017 World Championship Group Stage at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 12 October 2017.

China has hosted an incredible competition so far. Not only do the venues and games look fantastic, but the competition has been fierce. There has been both heartbreak and Cinderella stories, with no story at Worlds more compelling than the European team Fanatic’s “miracle” comeback to make it past group stages and into the quarter finals.

Fanatic and their star ADC, Rekkles are the focus of “Eyes on Worlds: Episode 2”:

 

Finals in Beijing

Lastly, the Finals are on November 4th at the Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in Beijing, China. This was the stadium used at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Hosted in some of China’s finest stadiums, it is clear that the League of Legends World Championship has become a major event, not in just E-sports but among all major sporting events.

2017 World Championship Group Stage at Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium in Wuhan, Hubei, China on 12 October 2017.

 

Worlds Prize Money

But how much do stars like Rekkles and the 3 time Worlds Champion “Faker” earn?

This year’s competition has the prize money estimated at around $2.1 Million USD so far.  This is because that prize pool continues to grow as fans are able to contribute by buying in-game “skins” (different looks for their characters). The prize pool will be divided as follows:

1st place – 37.5%

2nd place – 13.5%

3rd place – 7%

Not too bad for a professional gamer.

Highest Earners in E-sports

Despite this impressive prize pool for this year’s Worlds.  LOL players are not the highest earners in eSports.  That accolade belongs to the top players of DOTA.  With the highest total earnings made just from prize money goes to Kuro “KuroKy” Takhasomi, with earnings of over $3.3 million USD.

The top 40 earners in eSports can be seen here.  Note the highest LOL player, Faker, barely makes the list:

A career in gaming?

Whether you are a fan of DOTA or LOL.  The numbers are beginning to convince parents of prospective pro-players that, yes, there definitely is a career in professional gaming.

 

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