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The Biggest Esports Tournaments Still To Come In 2018

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This has already been a huge year for esports with a number of top tournaments such as the Overwatch League, plus the Spring Split and Rift Rivals in League of Legends.

However, the action is set to only increase. Today, let’s take a look ahead at the most prestigious tournaments looming in 2018. We’ll start with the CS:GO fare.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament schedule

  • July 7-24 – Major – Americas, CIS, Asia, Europe Minor Championships ($50,000 each)
  • July 21-29 – Premier – ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 – Atlanta ($1,000,000)
  • Aug. 1-6 – Major – Intel Extreme Masters XIII – Shanghai ($250,000)
  • Aug. 15-19 – Major – Eastide 2018 – Shaoxing – ($225,000)
  • Aug. 29 – Sept. 2 – Premier – DreamHack Masters Stockholm 2018 ($250,000)
  • Sept. 5-23 – Premier – FACEIT Major – London 2018 – ($1,000,000)
  • Sept. 7-9 – Major – DreamHack Montreal 2018 – ($100,000)
  • Sept. 18-Nov. 22 – Premier – ESL Pro League Season 8 Europe – ($105,000)
  • Sept. 18-Nov. 22 – Premier – ESL Pro League Season 8 North America ($87,000)
  • Sept. 28-29 – Major – BLAST Pro Series Istanbul 2018 – ($250,000)
  • Sept. 26-30 – Premier – ESL One New York 2018 – ($250,000)
  • Oct. 11-14 – Major – cs_summit 3 – Los Angeles ($ Prize pool to be decided)
  • Nov. 2-3 – Major – BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen 2018 – ($250,000)
  • Nov. 16-18 – Major – DreamHack Open Atlanta 2018 – ($100,000)
  • Nov. 30-Dec 2 – Major – DreamHack Open Winter 2018 – Jonkoping – ($100,000)
  • Dec. 4-9 – Premier – ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals – Odense – ($750,000)

Dota 2 Tournament schedule

  • July 25-29 – Major – DOTA Summit 9 – Los Angeles ($Prize pool to be decided)
  • Aug. 15-25 – Premier – The International 2018 – Vancouver ($16,452,749+)
  • Oct. 23-29 – Major – ESL One Hamburg 2018 – ($Prize pool to be decided)

League of Legends tournament schedule

  • June -Sept. – Summer Split 2018 (Various Regions)
  • Aug. 13-19 – Major – Globe Conquerors Manila – ($250,000)
  • Aug. 24-Sept. 1 – Major – Asian Games 2018 – ($ Prize pool to be decided)
  • To Be Announced – 2018 League of Legends World Championships in South Korea

Other big esports tournaments in 2018

    • July 4 – Sept. 16 – Starcraft II – Premier – 2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 ($159,474)
    • July 11-28 – OW – Overwatch League Playoffs (LA & New York) – ($1,700,000)
    • July 22 – Aug. 26 – SCII – Major – 2018 Masters Coliseum – Shanghai ($27,900)
    • Aug. 2018 – FIFA – FIFA eWorld Cup Grand Final 18 – London – ($400,000)
    • Aug. 2-5 – SCII – Premier – 2018 GSL vs the World – S.Korea ($ TBD)
    • Aug. 13-19 – Rainbow Six – Six Major Paris – ($350,000)
    • Aug. 24-26 – Rocket League – Rocket League Universal Open Season 2 Stanford – ($100,000)
    • Sept. 7-9 – SCII – Premier – 2018 WCS Montreal – ($101,000)
    • Sept. 27-30 – SCII – Premier – 2018 Afreeca TV GSL Super Tournament Seoul – ($28,185)
    • Oct. 26 – Nov. 3 – SCII – Premier – 2018 WCS Global Finals Anaheim ($ TBD)
    • Nov. 2-3 – OW – Overwatch World Cup 2018 Anaheim – ($128,000)
    • Nov. 17-18 – RB6 – Pro League Season 8 Finals Rio de Janeiro – ($167,000)
    • Dec. 2018 – Streetfighter V – Capcom Cup 2018 – ($ TBD)
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The biggest esports event of the year in terms of prize money will be The International 2018. It already boasts a confirmed prize pool of over $16 million. That’s likely grow to well in excess of $20 million by the time the tournament comes around.

Every year since 2014, The International has set a new record for the largest prize pool at an esports tournament. Year by year, the money looked like this:

  • 2014 – $10,931,103
  • 2015 – $18,429,613
  • 2016 – $20,770,640
  • 2017 – $24,687,919 (current World Record prize pool in esports)

Over the next few weeks, we will see whether the 2018 tournament will continue this trend.

How many esports tournaments have prize pools of $1 million or more?

Data provided by esportsearnings.com reveals there have been a total of 60 tournaments in esports history that have hit that $1 million mark. When it comes to which esport has the largest number of $1 million tournaments, the statistics may be surprising:

  • Dota 2 – 24 tournaments
  • CS:GO – 10 tournaments
  • League of Legends – 8 tournaments
  • Call of Duty – 6 tournaments
  • Halo & Smite – 3 tournaments each
  • Heart of the Storm & Hearthstone – 2 tournaments each
  • rFactor, Overwatch – 1 tournament each

Dota 2’s dominance when it comes to the big money in esports is also shown by the total amount awarded in prize money in those 60 tournaments.

  • Dota 2 (24) – $114,063,462
  • League of Legends (8) – $16,317,983
  • CS:GO (10) – $14,511,410
  • Call of Duty (6) – $7,525,000
  • Smite (3) – $4,612,259
  • Halo (3) – $4,500,000
  • Heart of the Storm (2) – $2,000,000
  • Hearthstone (2) – $2,000,000
  • Overwatch (1) – $1,300,000
  • rFactor (1) – $1,000,000

The massive Dota 2 figure is swelled by over $88,000,000 solely from the last four The International tournaments. It does seem to be that if you want to make big money in the esports industry as a gamer, then you should hone your Dota 2 skills.

With so many prestigious tournaments taking place between now and the end of the year across a massive range of esports, there will likely be plenty more tournaments to add to the aforementioned 60. With arguably the two biggest events in esports gaming still to be run this year — The International in Canada and the League of Legends World Championships in South Korea — there’s still plenty of action to enjoy throughout 2018.

Ian John

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A lifelong poker fan, Ian is also well-versed in the world of sports betting, casino gaming, and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Based in the UK, Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.