StarCraft II Esports Champion Will Bank $280K At Blizzcon This Year
Blizzcon this year will truly be one to remember for several reasons, but the one the main ones being that StarCraft II champ this year will bank a record amount that will be the highest payout in esports history to date. How did this happen? Did Blizzard just decide to randomly throw in so much money that gamers would be salivating at the mouth to play? No, they actually came up with a way to add more funds to the prize pool and ended up with way more than they ever thought.
The normal StarCraft II esports championship that is held at Blizzcon every year is done by letting players accumulate WCS (World Championship Series) points in either the WCS Circuit or the WCS Korea. There has been a prize pool of $500k that is distributed among the winners at the WCS Global finals each year. Then, Blizzard decided that they wanted to try something that would hopefully help boost the money that they can put into the championship. They created the StarCraft II War Chest and listed it on the StarCraft II and Blizzard site for a whopping $4. 25% of the profits were to go straight to the prize pool and they set a goal of $200K in sales for the life of the War Chest promotion.
Well, they got what they wanted and much more. The War Chest raised over that $200K goal in about a week and it now sits in with that original $500K that was the whole prize pool for the WCS champion at Blizzcon in 2017. Now, that prize pool sits at $700K.
Blizzard has announced that the grand prize winner of the WCS championship will take home $280K as one prize. The remainder of the $700K will be distributed among those other gamers that play well enough to place.
It is just an insane amount of money for one player to bank, and currently stands as the largest prize pool in esports history.
Blizzard has stated that they are simply amazed at the sales the War Chest promotion has pulled in and that the remainder of the money (what isn’t going to the WCS prize pool) will go toward the game development and boosting esports as a whole. To me, that is an awesome thing, even if I’m nowhere near good enough to play StarCraft II professionally.
If you haven’t heard about the War Chests yet, they are pretty rad. Inside them, gamers will find things like skins, emojis, portraits, sprays and more in-game items that can only be found in these chests. Since they are only $4 each, gamers can get a lot for their money. These chests will be on sale until October 4th, 2017, so you’ve still got plenty of time to grab some before they are gone. If you’d like to know more about the War Chests, you can find it here. And, if you’d like to know more about the StarCraft II championships, you can find it here.
War chest link
StarCraft II WCS site