Wings Gaming Recognized by Guiness World Records for Winning the Largest Single Prize in eSports
There is a lot of money going into eSports. Take the Dota 2 competitions for example. They completely overpassed their own record from last year, the International 2016 global Dota 2 championship, which took place in Seattle, Washington, raised an epic $20,770,460 in prize money! This, according to he Guiness Book of World Records, is the Largest eSports prize pool of any tournament.
While the that whole pot wasn’t one by just one time, the winners of the contest, Chinese eSports team Wings Gaming, still took home the a huge sum of it, winning $9,139,002. Which, again, according to Guinness, is the largest single first prize in an eSports tournament ever.
Wings Gaming only formed in 2014, and their previous biggest winnings almost don’t even compare. So far their biggest winnings were a modest $100,000, which they won at the ESL One Manila 2016 in April. The team’s victory at the annual Dota 2 showpiece literally transformed the five-man team into millionaires overnight.
They beat Digital Chaos 3–1 in the final. They also defeated the 2015 champions, Evil Geniuses, in the semi-final.
The five champions were thrilled to receive their Guinness World Records certificate: “It was our dream. The recognition of Guinness World Records is an extraordinary encouragement to us as it could introduce us to more people, and introduce eSports to more people.”
Stephen Daultrey, Editor of Guinness World Records 2017 Gamer’s Edition commented:
“Wings Gaming’s achievements are nothing short of extraordinary. They are a relatively new team, yet have won one of the most prestigious tournaments in the eSports calendar in style.
“As for the International itself the tournament’s huge prize pool illustrates how huge eSports has become, and highlights the innovative ways in which some of these incredible competitions are funded. For both gamers and fans alike, it’s extremely exciting.”
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