CS:GO had the highest prize pool among any esports title in 2020
In spite of the COVID19 pandemic and global lockdowns this year, online tournaments for various esports titles were conducted and among them, CS:GO has had the maximum prize winnings. According to a report by The Esports Observer, CS:GO tournaments featured a total prize pool of $14.75 million in 2020.
There was no Major tournament for CS:GO this year but organizers made sure that several other tournaments with massive prize pools were held throughout 2020 to keep the players as well as fans engaged. The DreamHack Open 2020 had a prize pool of $100,000, and the IEM Global Challenge where Astralis was the winner had a total prize pool of $500,000. Flashpoint 2 which ran from Nov 10 - Dec 6 had a prize pool of $1,000,000.
Highest total prize pool for CS:GO in 2020
CS:GO is developed by Valve and is one of the most popular FPS game in the world. It was first released in 2012 and today, CS:GO is the top most-played game on Steam with an average of 700,000 players every day and these figures are a just a testament of CS:GO's rich legacy.
Another popular esports title from Valve- DOTA2 had the second-highest prize pool of 2020 with a total of $8.8 million followed by League of Legends coming in third with $8 million. Coming in fourth was Epic Games' Fortnite with a total prize pool of $7.87 million in 2020.
Eventful year for CS:GO
Overall, 2020 was an eventful year for CS:GO with coaches being banned for exploiting the spectator bug, hype of the new Cloud9 roster, and teams picking up a sixth member in their squad. It was speculated that the launch of Valorant would hinder CS:GO's growth and several CS:GO pros also shifted to Riot's latest FPS title but so far, it's still early-days for Valorant and CS:GO is going strong.