What is the biggest prize pool in eSports history, you might ask?
DOTA 2 International smashed the 24.6-million-dollar mark in 2018 and that didn’t even include the entire pool for the year! With betting on eSports being popularized, even people who were not traditionally involved with gaming have become fans. With so much money behind eSports and the betting market’s continued growth —find more on how to learn to bet on sports and eSports here— there is no limit to how big this thing can get.
So what are some of the biggest events that will take place in 2019?
Fortnite on the Rise
Forbes reports that Epic made 223 million dollars from Fortnite in March of 2018 alone. This was based on the debut of Battle Royal. We can expect some massive Fortnite events with equally large prize pools.
The pie for the 2019 Fortnite Pro-Am World Cup is HUGE. $100,000,000.00 to be exact. Anyone can play for their slice of Epic’s epic-sized Fortnite-flavored cobbler. The only bummer is, we don’t have an exact date set yet to look forward to.
What we do know …
The Fortnite World Cup will likely take place towards the end of the years … or at least late in the year, perhaps autumn. Qualifiers for the 2018 Cup began in the fall. So we should expect a similar format and timeline in the 2019 iteration.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Call of Duty is also on the rise. The first event of the 2019 season actually took place in December 2018 and hit 1.5 million hours of Twitch time. It isn’t likely that COD: BO4 will push Fortnite or PlayersUnkown of the top of the hill. But Black Ops 4 is still shiny and new so we are likely to see a lot of increased followership and Major CWL events coming up.
PlayersUknown Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Speaking of increased followership, StreamCharts reports that PlayersUnknown showed significant growth in December of 2018. This is the first time that player-base growth has been reported since January of 2018, now a full year ago.
CS:GO Blast Pro and DeamHack
Ok … on to some tournaments that we actually have event dates for. So far there are three major Blast Pro tournaments scheduled for the spring of 2019.
- BLAST Pro Series Sau Paulo
- BLAST Pro Series Miami
- BLAST Pro Series Madrid
We can look forward to the Brazilian tour stop in March 22nd and 23rd. The tour hits Miami on April 12th and 13th, then Madrid on May 10th and 11th. Each stop has a prize pool of $250,000.00 for a grand total of $750,000.00 between the three events.
Also visiting Brazil in the spring, the DreamHack Open’s first tournament of the season kicks off in Rio de Janeiro on April 19th and 20th. Seven different DreamHack Open tournaments run all the way through Dec. 1st at $100,000.00 a pop.
The Chongqing Major
DOTA 2 has a 10-day event this January, starting on the 19th and running through the 28th with a $1,000,000.00 prize pools. This is a far cry above some of the LoL leagues that we are seeing run all year with price pools ranging from $25,000.00 to $176,000.00 for the year.
This event is so big that even winners outside of the Top-10 are still guaranteed at least $10,000.00. Places 13th through 16th receive $10k and 9th through 12th get a hefty $15K. The spread gets thicker as you move up the bracket with the 1st place team getting $350,000.00! This is one of the biggest single events in 2019, so keep your eye out as it starts in just a few days!