More than three million dollar Starcraft 2 prize money will be paid out this year – the first increase since 2012. Two tournaments stand out.
Starcraft 2 had its best year – prize-money-wise – in 2012. Back then 3.9 million dollar were paid out in competitive tournaments. A number that only decreased since. In 2015 we saw the least prize money ever, just 2.7 million dollars.
Starcraft 2 prize money boosted by two tournaments
This year seems to be a turnaround though: More than 3 million dollars will be paid out, counting tournaments that have already been played or are announced. To date this is an increase of roughly 14 percent compared to last year.
This number is boosted by two special tournaments: Blizzard doubled the prize money for the WCS Global Finals to 500,000 dollar. And then there is the World Electronic Sports Games: It promises 402,000 dollar prize money and is held in December by the chinese Alibaba Group. Both tournaments will be the highest paying ones in the history of Starcraft 2.
Number of players also increased
And there is a third big tournament we haven’t seen in years: The World Cyber Arena is announced with a prize pool of 200,000 dollar in December. Thus it’s the second most valuable tournament not organized by Blizzard ever.
Starcrafts comeback is also visible in our World Ranking: The number of players has grown from 832 to 913 during the past twelve months which is an increase of about 10 percent.