Top 10 Esports Games With Biggest Prize Money & Viewership

Top 10 Esports Game’s Biggest Prizes & Viewership

Do you know that Esports game’s biggest prizes are becoming bigger and bigger?

It is safe to say that the popularity of video gaming and Esports is rapidly increasing like a fire in the jungle.

But unfortunately, Covid-19 has hit a massive hit disruptively that cause the Esports a drop-down in prize money.

According to 2018 and 2019 financial stats, Esports distributed the prize money of $211 million.

However, the drop of 69% shows that the previous year’s payout was only $65.5 million.

But besides this factor, the Esports industry has again started growing faster than before which is a sign of more career opportunities.

In this article, we have mentioned the top 10 Esports game’s biggest prizes and viewership.

To keep you updated with what’s happening in Esports financial conspiracy, read this article till the end!

Esports Game’s Biggest Prizes Names

1 – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the biggest games in the Esports world.

However, this game has a large fan following and is played by millions of gamers.

Although, there is no doubt that the tournaments organized for this game always had the biggest prize money and viewership.

Till now they have featured around $131 million across 6000+ tournaments which is insane.

Prize Money

2021 $21.17 Million
2020 $15.85 Million
2019 $21.77 Million
2018 $22.65 Million
2017 $19.26 Million
2016 $17.26 Million

Viewership On Twitch



From 2017 to 2022, PUBG has been one of the best competitive games in the world and made its market value in a very short time.

However, the pandemic situation of Covid-19 has benefited the growth of this game which leads them to spend the big prize money of $43.1 Million in total.

Prize Money Of Major Tournaments

PGI.S 2021 Main Event$7 million
PUBG Global Championship 2021$4.4 million
PUBG Global Championship 2019$4 million
PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (FPP)$10 million
PUBG Global Invitational 2018 (TPP)$10 Million

Viewership On Twitch


3 – DOTA 2

DOTA 2 is famous for hosting the biggest tournaments in Esports. 

Every year, players across the world take part in the competition and the deserving winner took millions of dollars with his team.

They always offer massive crowdfunding pool prizes and dominate the financial cycle of Esports whenever they start rolling.

However, they have featured $171 million from 2011 till now.

Prize Money

2011$1.6 Million
2012$1.6 Million
2013$2.87 Million
2014$10.93 Million
2015$18.43 Million
2016$20.77 Million
2017$24.69 Million
2018$25.53 Million
2019$34.33 Million
2020$40.02 Million

Viewership On Twitch


4 – Fortnite

Fortnite has a more massive viewership than any other game we listed. No doubt, the gameplay is as exciting as watching only if you are streaming the right player.

Since, it was a free game to download, which gave chance to people of every age to experience the immersive gaming experience.

However, every year there is a Fortnite tournament that gives an opportunity to players to earn big prize money.

Till now, Fortnite has awarded more than $111 Million in cash prizes across 750 tournaments.

Main Tournaments Prize Money

Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 (Solo)$15 Million
Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 (Duo)$15 Million
Fortnite Fall Skirmish Series$4 Million
Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 Creatives$3.4 Million

Viewership On Twitch


5 – League Of Legends

It’s been 12 years since the League Of Legends is being played in Esports. It has established leagues and tournaments in Europe, Asia, and North America.

However, this game has had a consistent viewership in the past few years and the game is on-trend.

Prize Money

2015$18 million
2016$20 million
2017$24 million
2018$25 million
2019$34 million
2021$40 million

Viewership On Twitch

2022 (January)280,000

6 – Valorant

Valorant is another game that gets a huge benefit from the hit of Covid.

It is one of the most played games among FPS gamers. 

In fact, several 1st Tier and 2nd Tier Counter-strike players have switched to Valorant due to different and unique abilities.

However, it is safe to say that this game is a tough competitor of CS: GO.

From 2020 to the arch of 2022, this game has awarded more than 9 million in 649 different tournaments

Prize Money Of Major Tournaments

Valorant Champions 2021$1 Million
VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters$690,000
Valorant Champions Tour 2021$600,000
GlitchCon 2020 Super team Showdown$151,000

Viewership On Twitch


7 – Call Of Duty: Warzone

When it was released, Call of Duty Warzone became a worldwide phenomenon.

In the same genre as Fortnite, a fun, fast-paced free-to-play game has just appeared at the right time.

However, it is one of the top royal battle games in the world that has a large fan following.

From 2020 to January 2022, COD: Warzone has distributed more than $8.9 million in cash prizes.

Prize Money Of Major COD Tournaments

Twitch Rivals$230,000
World Series Of Warzone: EU Duos$200,000
World Series Of Warzone: EU Trios$200,000
World Series Of Warzone: EU Duos$200,000

Viewership On Twitch


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