The Esports World Cup Foundation announced a 'historical' prize pool of over $60 million for the Esports World Cup

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The Esports World Cup Foundation (EWCF) has announced a total prize pool of more than $60 million for the inaugural Esports World Cup, with a groundbreaking lineup of 19 participating game titles.

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The inaugural Esports World Cup will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this summer. With a staggering prize pool of over $60 million, this will be the largest sum ever awarded in an esports tournament, breaking the 45-million-dollar record of Gamers8: The Land of Heroes in 2023.

"Setting the record for the largest esports prize pool is a remarkable achievement, but what I'm most proud of is the positive message this sends to the wider esports and gaming community," said Ralf Reichert, CEO, Esports World Cup Foundation.

He added, "More than $60 million is a testament to our investment in the future of global esports, a commitment to esports fans who deserve exceptional events, and an extension of our mission to create meaningful competitive opportunities with life-changing prize pools for esports athletes everywhere.”

The EWC will feature the world’s top clubs and esports athletes in 20 competitions and more to be revealed, hence its historic prize pool. The Club Championship will award a total of $20 million to the top 16 clubs based on their overall performance.

The Club Championship is an EWC cross-game format focusing on multi-game competitions. Each club will then select the games they want to compete in.

When the event concludes, the club with the best performance across various game championships will reign as the world’s first ever Esports World Cup Club Champion.

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The remaining prize pool will be divided into three different distribution categories: game championships, MVP awards, and qualifiers. Each of the 20 game championships will have its own prize pool, with a combined total of over $33 million.

The outstanding participant in each competition that will receive the MVP Award will bag a total of $50,000, and a total of $7 million will be given to teams and athletes who are competing to qualify for tournament spots across eligible qualifier events.

The 19 participating games will consist of Apex Legends, Counter-Strike 2, Dota 2, EA Sports FC 24, Fortnite, Free Fire, Honor of Kings, League of Legends, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Overwatch 2, PUBG Battleground, PUBG Mobile, Tom Clancy's Rainbow 6 Siege, ESL R1, Rocket League, StarCraft II, Street Fighter™ 6, Teamfight Tactics, and TEKKEN 8.

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The Esports World Cup will make Riyadh the epicenter of gaming, providing sustainable career options for esports athletes and multidisciplinary clubs. It will also bring the best athletes, teams, and organizations across the globe together to honor exceptional achievements in esports.
 

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