Esports Players Are Now Earning More Than Traditional Sports Players

The esports champions are making the conventional sports players seem underpaid.

After Fotnite, Valve’s The International Dota 2 tournament also concluded with OG winning the tournament for the second time in as many years (first time team to win back-to-back in the history).

The winning team, OG, pulled a record-setting $15,603,133 out of an even larger $34,292,599 prize pool – the largest in the history of esports.

According to esports consultant Rod Breslau, each OG player would get an equal split of about $3.1 million. For reference, that’s more than what Tiger Woods earned from his 2019 Masters campaign ($2.07 million).

Wimbledon – one of the biggest tennis tournaments – saw singles champs Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep take home $2.9 million each.

Team Liquid, who were the runners-up, won $4,458,038 collectively. That’s slightly short of $892,000 per person.

Traditional Sports Prize Money in 2019:

  • Winning Wimbledon: $2.9 million
  • Winning Indy 500: $2.6 million
  • Winning The Masters: $2 million
  • Winning Cricket World Cup: $4 million (split between the entire team)

Esports Prize Money in 2019:

  • Winning Dota 2 The International: $3.1 million ($15.6 million overall)
  • Winning Fortnite World Cup: $3 million

This was OG’s second successive tournament win. In 2018, OG took home $11.2 million as well, which was 44% of the overall prize pool of $25.5 million.

Since the OG team remained the same since the start of last year, each player has won approximately $5.3 million each for winning The International in 2018 and 2019.

Although the comparison may be somewhat skewed as traditional sports often have more than one major tournament each season as opposed to esports. Tennis, for instance, has three other grand slams apart from Wimbledon whereas The International Dota 2 tournament happens once every year.

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.

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