Guinness World Records are fun. Did you know in 1988, Blackie became the wealthiest cat when its owner died and left it $12.5 million? Or, that Ann Atkins set the record for the largest collection of garden gnomes with 2,010? Or did you know that at The International 2016, Wings Gaming, a Chinese Dota 2 team, set the world record for the largest single prize in an esports tournament?
Think about that.
I can’t even begin to imagine what I would do with that much money. At $1.7 million, you could buy about five Bugatti Veyron’s. At $3.99 a piece, you could buy about 2,290,476 Big Macs. The list goes on and on.
The base prize pool for TI6 was $1.6 million. Through in-game purchases, the final total prize pool reached $20.7 million. That mark stomped the previous record which was $18.4 million for TI5.
Wings Gaming were favored to win and proved why. They placed first at ESL One Manila 2016 and trended upwards until T16. They only lost one game to Digital Chaos in the uuper bracket and lost another to them in the best-of-five finals before winning three straight to take home the money.
Their roster of Chu "shadow" Zeyu, Zhou "bLink" Yang, Zhang "Faith_bian" Ruida, Zang "y" Yiping, and Li "iceice" Peng are all now very wealthy.
The most important part of the impressive dollar amount given out to teams is the fact that esports continues to grow. In-game purchases have been increasing year after year which has steadily improved each prize pool, no matter what game is being played. We recently saw Worlds pass by with their prize pool (so far) at $5.07 million. Players still have a chance to increase the prize pool until November 6th.
So get out there! The next time your favorite game has a tournament, pick up a new skin. Everyone always needs an excuse for a new skin and this one not only helps yourself, but your gaming community.