League of Legends Esports

League of Legends

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$108,003,405.72 From 2935 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2010-09-05 to

League of Legends (or LoL for short) is an action real-time strategy game developed and published by Riot Games, inspired by the popular Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars custom map for WarCraft III. It was first announced on October 7, 2008, and released on October 27, 2009. The game was in a closed beta from April 10, 2009, to October 22, 2009. It then transitioned to open beta until release. The game is a direct competitor to Dota 2.

Players are formed into 2 even teams of Champions, 3v3 or 5v5. Each team starts at opposing sides of a map in an area called the Spawning Pool, near what is called a Nexus. A match is won when either team's nexus is destroyed. To destroy a Nexus, each team must work through a series of Turrets. Turrets are often placed along a path to each base referred to as a Lane. Along the way, each player gains levels from killing the opposing team's champions and Minions (small NPCs that constantly spawn and attack the other team) and defeating neutral monsters (some of which grant buffs known as crests upon death). Completing objectives rewards players with gold which is used to purchase items.

The best League of Legends players compete in Riot Games' League of Legends Championship Series (or LCS for short). Twenty teams compete in two separate competitions in North America and Europe, with ten teams per continent. There are two splits per year. The League of Legends Challenger Series (CS for short) serves as a league that feeds into the LCS, with the bottom teams in the LCS from each split competing with the top teams from the CS to determine placements in the next split of the LCS and CS. The top teams of the LCS splits qualify for the League of Legends World Championship near end of the year, the largest tournament in LoL esports, where they compete for a multi-million dollar cash prize pool.

Riot's approach to creating a sustainable competitive scene is to provide players in the LCS with a salary, as opposed to raising the prize pool directly or via crowd-funding. As a result, League of Legends prize pools tend to be smaller, albeit still a substantial size.

Largest Prize Pools

 Tournament NamePrize Money
1.» LoL 2018 World Championship$6,450,000.00
2.» LoL 2016 World Championship$5,070,000.00
3.» LoL 2017 World Championship$4,946,969.00
4.» LoL 2020 World Championship$2,340,000.00
5.» LoL 2019 World Championship$2,225,000.00
6.» LoL 2022 World Championship$2,225,000.00
7.» LoL 2023 World Championship$2,225,000.00
8.» LoL 2021 World Championship$2,180,500.00
9.» LoL 2014 World Championship$2,130,000.00
10.» LoL 2015 World Championship$2,130,000.00
11.» LoL Season 3 World Championship$2,050,000.00
12.» LoL Season 2 World Championship$2,000,000.00
13.» Mid-Season Invitational 2017$1,690,000.00
14.» Mid-Season Invitational 2018$1,370,520.00
15.» Mid-Season Invitational 2019$1,000,000.00
16.The Nexus Arabia 2019 Main Event$850,000.00
17.» LPL Summer 2021$650,328.00
18.» LPL Spring 2021$644,070.00
19.» LPL Spring 2022$634,384.80
20.» LPL Summer 2022$613,410.00
21.» LPL Spring 2023$611,520.00
22.» LPL Summer 2020$609,364.90
23.» Mid-Season Cup 2020$600,000.00
24.» LPL Spring 2020$595,812.00
25.» LPL Summer 2023$583,926.00

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Korea, Republic of FakerLee, Sang Hyeok$1,570,297.75
2.Korea, Republic of DukeLee, Ho Seong$954,872.27
3.Korea, Republic of BangBae, Jun Sik$915,941.68
4.Korea, Republic of WolfLee, Jae Wan$913,167.87
5.Korea, Republic of BengiBae, Seong Ung$810,882.84
6.Korea, Republic of RulerPark, Jae Hyuk$804,258.29
7.China XiaohuLi, Yuanhao$786,411.07
8.China JackeyLoveYu, Wenbo$778,060.08
9.Korea, Republic of CoreJJJo, Yong In$686,890.36
10.Korea, Republic of PeanutHan, Wang Ho$655,283.72
11.Korea, Republic of RookieSong, Eui Jin$651,538.60
12.Korea, Republic of TheShyKang, Seung Lok$636,746.93
13.Denmark CapsRasmus Borregaard Winther$632,656.77
14.Korea, Republic of ImpactJung, Eon Yeong$591,074.73
15.Croatia PerkZLuka Perković$585,736.60
16.China NingGao, Zhenning$581,739.94
17.China MingShi, Senming$580,139.79
18.Taiwan, Republic of China KarsaHung, Hau-Hsuan$575,459.59
19.China BaolanWang, Liuyi$563,367.89
20.Korea, Republic of BlankKang, Sun Gu$559,518.75
21.Korea, Republic of AmbitionKang, Chan Yong$553,454.41
22.China UziJian, Zihao$550,246.25
23.Korea, Republic of MataCho, Se Hyeong$549,295.45
24.China MeikoTian, Ye$547,043.97
25.Korea, Republic of DeftKim, Hyuk Kyu$533,702.27

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$14,354,431.0813.29%


» Dota 2-$235,116,027.32
» Fortnite-$71,432,514.85
» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-$54,307,215.61
» StarCraft II+$66,847,691.22
» Hearthstone+$78,021,859.90
» Heroes of the Storm+$89,551,944.34
» SMITE+$95,968,292.97
» Heroes of Newerth+$104,929,960.00
» Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare+$105,391,596.79
» Defense of the Ancients+$107,129,914.07

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$35,979,415.83
2.China China$20,323,983.81
3.Taiwan, Republic of China Taiwan, Republic of China$5,540,006.67
4.United States United States$4,775,085.73
5.Denmark Denmark$3,931,630.12
6.Poland Poland$2,724,603.29
7.Germany Germany$2,418,704.25
8.France France$2,338,854.68
9.Viet Nam Viet Nam$2,018,655.39
10.Canada Canada$1,914,555.09

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

Venezuela CrumbzzAlberto RengifoAnalyst
Denmark DeficioMartin LyngeAnalyst, Commentator
Korea, Republic of fOruLee, Jae HoonAnalyst
Korea, Republic of Horang2Lee, Kyung MinAnalyst
Canada JattJoshua LeesmanAnalyst, Commentator
Korea, Republic of kkOmaKim, Jung GyoonAnalyst
United States Kobe24Sam Hartman-KenzlerAnalyst, Commentator
Belgium KrepoMitch VoorspoelsAnalyst, Commentator
United States LastShadowNick De CesareCommentator
Korea, Republic of Lee Ji HoonLee, Ji HoonAnalyst
Korea, Republic of MCJang, Min ChulAnalyst
Korea, Republic of ReachPark, Jung SukAnalyst
Korea, Republic of TheMarineKim, Jeong MinCommentator
Sweden YamatoCannonJakob MebdiAnalyst