The prize fund of the tournament eSports walked almost all sports Ilya Hel behelle le.helle elehele




Ten years ago, gamers and professional players (although what kind of professionalism if it was possible to talk about?) Could not have dreamed that at least one discipline can bring eSports prize comparable to a real sport. And now, two weeks later, in July 2014 to start the championship on DOTA 2, the prize fund will almost certainly exceed $ 10 million. What’s next?

The question of whether it is possible to compare eSports with real sports and even include it in the Olympics, raised a couple of years ago, when the championship from Valve just gaining momentum. Then the sum of 1.6 million dollars for first place in the five seemed fantastic, and today we are watching how the joint efforts of Gabe Newell and the gaming community prize pool close to the mark of 10 million dollars. And this despite the fact that prior to the main part of the tournament The International 2014 remained nearly a month. Community rejoices: very soon matches favorite teams can be seen almost on the main channel of the country.

Only one team of the tournament will receive more money than has been played in all competitions DOTA 2. almost exponential growth. How much is left to the eSports betting real sport? Who can be compared to world champions in DOTA 2 in 2014, which almost certainly will take not less than 5 million dollars in prize money?

According, the most money of the sporting world revolve around FIFA and UEFA. The winning team UEFA Champions League gets about 50 million dollars, and the winner of the World Cup in Brazil, which is about to begin, will receive 35 million dollars. But please note that a request for football tournament serves 25 people, and DOTA 2 – five times less. Now who’s the winner?

Go ahead. Together with The International 2014 Valve managed to beat and such prestigious golf tournaments, as The Open Championship (8.8 million dollars), The Masters (9 million dollars) and PGA Championship (10 million dollars). First The Open Championship was played in 1860, and the first The International – just three years ago. But you understand that golf is on the list of Olympic sports, television occupies in many countries, and professional golf players have large contracts with sponsors.

In July 2009, the most famous bicycle race Tour de France, the world has attracted around 44 million viewers. The prize fund was 3,000,000 dollars, and the owner of the yellow jersey will get in this year, about 616,500 dollars. Each of the players that won the 2014 The International team will get more. Bicycles – is also part of the Olympic sports.

As a rule, at the Olympic Games medalists will cover not win the organizers and the government-representative. No exception, and the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014. Most of all for his efforts received (in addition to fame, of course) Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva – 450 000 dollars. The remaining winners received much less. Ten lucky Benefit locked Swiss skier Dario Cologna, received 178,000 dollars. Comparison with the Olympics may not seem like the best, but keep in mind that this is an unprecedented event in its importance, which is being watched all over the world.

And what in the United States? Basketball and hockey. And here TI4 breathing in the back the most popular sports. The prize fund of NBA Playoffs, for example, is 13 million dollars and is divided between the teams involved in the playoffs (as in DOTA 2, in principle). The winners of the last competition received 2.3 million dollars, and it is two times less than the winners will receive The International this year.

What is the secret? The fact that the prizes to the winners of “resets” the playing community. Kraudfanding performing well in the current global realities. DOTA 2 players have the opportunity to buy the so-called compendium for $ 10 (with further installments on request), 25% of the purchase price goes to the prize pool. Omit how much Valve poimeet to conduct this tournament, but the prize money is growing by leaps and bounds. At the time of this writing, it is 9,426,435 dollars. More than 70% – Donations fans. The winning team will receive 50% of the prize fund.


We go further. Stanley Cup Hockey, which is being conducted by NHL, takes 30 teams from the United States and Canada. In 2013, at the request of the Association of NHL players prize money was doubled to $ 13 million dollars. Winners (Chicago Blackhawks) received nearly 3.75 million dollars.

Volleyball, cricket, snooker, rugby, chess, judo, trampolining, curling, rowing – all these are trifles compared with DOTA 2. Anyway, talking about this fair prize for winning the Main Event of the year.

If you, dear readers, there is mistrust and doubt about the distribution of prize money – turn to the most pressing problems. Why is the top football players, golf, basketball, tennis (by the way, Maria Sharapova for winning the “Roland Garros 2014” has received a little more than a half million dollars) earn millions of dollars a year? Why golfer Tiger Woods to declare the $ 78 million in the past year?

The fact is that any sport – it’s primarily a spectacle. And the winners are sold for millions. Most of the earnings of a professional athlete falls on sponsorship contracts. Tiger Woods, for example, earned 65 million from 78 solely on sponsors – EA Sports, for instance, is a computer game Tiger Woods PGA Tour for fifteen years in a row. David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo additional advertising do not need, and probably known to most of the advertising is, not football activities.

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The fact that television – the main mechanism for the collection of the audience in a particular sport. If DOTA 2 championship broadcast on television, the players would have been much more popular. Nevertheless Championship from Valve, which is broadcast unless the in-game content and services such as Twitch, is representative of a new era of sports, which do not need a TV. Every year the amount of advertising on the Internet is catching up and bypasses the volume of television advertising, and the day is not far off when it eSports, broadcast, perhaps only on the Internet, will bring more money to the winners than football.

In the end, until the games DOTA 2 watch hundreds of thousands of players, TV watching tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of people. But it is necessary to pay tribute to Valve – this July in eSports happen next revolution, and he and his prize TI4 not disregard the very, very large number of people.


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