2019 is about to come to an end, and it was surely a very amazing for esports fans. Millions of viewers tuned in on Twitch and other streaming platforms to watch their favorite teams play. Some teams managed to dominate various tournaments, while some we just not lucky enough. However, we cannot end this year without talking about some of the biggest esports tournaments of 2019.
This year we got to see some of the biggest tournaments ever. Organizers decided to break every record by introducing huge prize pools. So without any further due, here are some of the biggest esports tournaments of 2019.
The International 2019
The International 2019 was surely the biggest esports tournament of 2019. Not only this, but it was the biggest event in the history of sports. The tournament was held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena that is located in Shanghai. This made it the first International to be held on Chinese soil. A total of 18 teams participated in it and there were a total of two stages, Group Stage and Playoffs.
The Group Stage followed the Round Robin format while the Playoffs followed the standard double elimination format. All teams competed for a total of $34.3 in prize money, thus TI9 featured the biggest prize pool in history of esports. The tournament was held from August 15 til 25. OG emerged victorious in the event and walked home with the $15.6 million, Team Liquid came second and earned $4.4 million, while the PSG.LGD got the third place and earned $3.08 million. Many Dota 2 predictions of OG winning the tournament also became true.
The Fortnite World Cup
The second biggest esports tournament of 2019 was The Fortnite World Cup. Epic Games invested around $100 million into this event, and the total prize pool for it $30 million that was divided into different sections. This made it the second highest prize pool in the history of esports. Players were allowed to qualify for the main event through online qualifiers that were held from April till June 2019. The players could either qualify for the solo portion of the World Cup or for the duos portion. Players who scored the most points during the qualifiers secured a spot in the grand finals.
The solo finals of the tournament were held on July 28, 2019. Kyle Giersdorf, popularly known as Bugha, was the player who dominated the solo event and won it. Thus, he became the best Fortnite player in the world and walked home with the $3 million prize pool. As for the duo finals, they were held on July 27, 2019, and Emil Bergquist Pedersen, known as Nyhrox, and David Wang, known as Aqua, emerged victorious in it. Both of them earned a total of $3 million, meaning that each one got $1.5 million.
In any case, these two were surely the biggest esports tournaments of 2019. They have proved that esports is one of the biggest industries in the world. 2020 is surely going to be an even better year for esports fans are organizers are going to host much more bigger tournaments.