Age of Empires II Esports

Age of Empires II

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$3,480,638.00 From 1733 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
1999-12-01 to

Age of Empires II (abbreviated as AoE2, or AoK in the old days, because of the subtitle "The Age of Kings") is a real-time strategy game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. It was released in 1999 for Microsoft Windows and it is a sequel of Age of Empires, the first one of the series.

AoE2 is set in the Middle Ages and was released with thirteen playable civilizations and focuses on building towns, gathering resources, and creating armies to defeat opponents. Players conquer rival towns and empires as they advance one of civilizations through "Ages": the Dark Age, the Feudal Age, the Castle Age, and the Imperial Age. Advancing to a new Age unlocks new units, structures, and technologies.

The expansion pack "The Conquerors" (AoC), developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft too, was released in 2000 and featured five new civilizations, new campaigns, new units, new technologies, new gameplay modes, new maps and different minor tweaks to the gameplay.

On April 9, 2013, Age of Empires II: HD Edition (AoE2HD) was released. The game, a HD remaster of the original game, was developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, and came with improved graphics, widescreen support as well as new multiplayer options through Steam.

The following years, the HD Edition received three expansions: The Forgotten, The African Kindgoms, and Rise of The Rajas. The first one was based on the fan-made expansion, The Forgotten Empires. All expansions introuced new civilizations, maps, campagings, units, game mode and numerous balance and gameplay adjustments.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original game, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (AoE2DE) was released on November 15, 2019. The game was developed by Forgotten Empires, Tantalus Media and Wicked Witch and published by Xbox Game Studios. It features significantly improved visuals, supports 4K resolution, a new single player campaign and four new civilisations. It also includes all previous expansions from the original and HD edition.

The competitive scene of the game has existed since its early years, with the support of large companies and organizations, and with the important participation of its community, and continues to the present day.

In the past, Microsoft has promoted its own championships, just as World Cyber Games has included the game in some of its editions, but people around the world on their own have organized major tournaments to foster the competitive scene and reward the best players and teams.

Largest Prize Pools

 Tournament NamePrize Money
1.» Red Bull Wololo: Legacy 2022 Age of Empires II$200,000.00
2.» War is Coming$109,000.00
3.» Red Bull Wololo 5$100,000.00
4.» The Grand Melee$100,000.00
5.Age of Empires II International Tournament$95,000.00
6.» Hidden Cup 4 Main Event$87,240.00
7.» Nili's Apartment Cup IV$86,645.10
8.» King of the Desert V$80,000.00
9.» Nili's Apartment Cup V$72,646.00
10.» King of the Desert 4$72,600.00
11.» Hidden Cup 3$50,228.00
12.» King of the Desert 3$50,000.00
13.» Warlords II$50,000.00
14.» WCG Challenge 2000 (AoEII)$50,000.00
15.» SY Nations Cup II$47,400.00
16.» WCG 2002 (Age of Empires II)$43,000.00
17.Korean Nationals III$35,335.86
18.» The Open Classic$35,000.00
19.» WCG 2001 (Age of Empire II)$35,000.00
20.» Nili's Aparment Cup 3$33,259.20
21.» Battle of Africa 3$30,000.00
22.» Red Bull Wololo 2$30,000.00
23.» Red Bull Wololo 3$30,000.00
24.» Red Bull Wololo 4$30,000.00
25.» SY Nations Cup III$30,000.00

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Norway TheViperØrjan Larsen$308,197.97
2.Canada HeraHamzah El-Baher$249,560.10
3.Austria LiereyyKai Kallinger$205,431.67
4.Spain TaToHRoberto Jiménez$192,119.87
5.China _TheYo_Gan, Yangfan$162,645.13
6.Serbia DauTDarko Dautovic$147,401.91
7.Germany JorDan_AoEMarco Bloch$105,458.08
8.Norway MbLMorten Levernes$85,213.78
9.Finland VilleseVille Jämsä$80,060.24
10.Korea, Republic of iamgruntKang, Byung Geon$74,430.50
11.Viet Nam ACCMHoang Huy$65,359.14
12.Russian Federation VinchesterDmitriy Smirnov$60,078.13
13.Argentina NicovNicolás Bruno$59,678.76
14.Brazil dogaoGuilherme Pippi$54,170.75
15.Argentina CapochPatricio Del Olmo$40,153.23
16.Canada ChrisChris Bourque$39,788.69
17.China viviWang, Long$39,418.85
18.Canada slamChris Gregson$34,349.29
19.Japan HalenAkihiro, Nakamura$33,987.64
20.Viet Nam BacTBien, Ha$33,872.38
21.France SitauxArthur Alauzen$29,437.78
22.Finland TheMaxEerik Ukkola$28,232.08
23.Brazil RiuTDaniel Lima$27,415.74
24.China Lyx-, -$25,946.50
25.Korea, Republic of MozoryChung, Myung Jin$25,050.00

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$2,265,318.3065.08%

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Norway Norway$397,595.29
2.China China$368,837.68
3.Canada Canada$343,388.84
4.Austria Austria$229,788.13
5.Spain Spain$222,229.94
6.Brazil Brazil$179,624.76
7.Germany Germany$166,177.65
8.Finland Finland$160,751.92
9.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$151,951.41
10.Serbia Serbia$147,516.30

Other Notable Players

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

Belgium CysionBert BeeckmanContent Creator, Game Developer, Writer
Brazil FinchLuís -Tournament Organizer
United States Killer_B_AOC- -Analyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
Spain MembTVDaniel MolinaAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
Germany Nili_AoESven ReichardtAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
China paladinXiujin, ChenTournament Organizer
Australia roboRobert LeisterTournament Organizer
United States T90OfficialTristan BerryAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
United Kingdom ZeroEmpiresZak RobinsonAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
Norway _PkZ_- -Content Creator