The hegemony of the online gaming world continues to grow. Various new online games are present, not only with different titles but also various kinds of genres.
Like sports competitions, online games are also often contested in a tournament. Therefore, there were various e-Sports teams who were not just ordinary teams, but were like clubs.
In the e-Sports team, there are paid players, owners, sponsors, and players. This is not strange, considering that the e-Sports business is indeed increasing with a lot of world competition fighting over large prizes.
Then, who is the biggest e-Sports team currently in the world? Judging from the number of prizes received after winning various tournaments, there are seven largest e-Sports teams in the world today, such as recorded data until the end of 2017.
The following is the list.
Starting as a game community forum site founded in 1998, Team Liquid transformed into a team in 2010. At that time, they began sending teams to compete in the competition game ‘StarCraft: Brood War’.
Afterwards, Team Liquid expanded its game division to ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’, ‘League of Legends’, ‘Heroes of the Storm’, ‘Halo’, and ‘Dota 2’.
In 2017, Team Liquid won the prestigious Dota 2 tournament, namely The International 7 or commonly called TI7. This became their biggest victory in history.
Total prize money received: 18 million US dollars
Total tournament followed: 1,130
Often called ‘EG’, the San Francisco-based North American e-Sports team was first established in 1999 as a team for the game ‘Counter-Strike’. The team founded by Alexander Garfield then expanded his game division into fighting games, ‘Quake’, ‘Dota 2’, ‘League of Legends’, ‘StarCraft II’, ‘World of Warcraft’, ‘Call of Duty’, and ‘Hello’.
Evil Geniuses is a subsidiary of GoodGame Agency, which is owned by Amazon through their Twitch division.
The total prize money received: 16.6 million US dollars
Total tournament followed: 685
Newbee is a Chinese e-Sports organization that consists of game divisions ‘Dota 2’, ‘Heartstone’, and ‘League of Legends’. This team won The International 2014 and took home 5 million US dollars as a prize. This prize turned out to be in the Guinness World Record for the biggest prize ever given at a video game competition at that time.
The total prize money received: 12.1 million US dollars
Total tournament followed: 114
The team was founded in 2009 and has a name based on their main sponsor, Guizhou Laogandie Food. China-based LGD Gaming has one team for the Dota game called ‘For The Dream’.
Total prize money received: 10.1 million US dollars
Total tournaments that were followed: 114 Gaming
Again from China. This time it was Wings Gaming, whose name soared when it won a prize of more than US $ 9 million at The International 2016. The team was founded in 2014. Wings Gaming was nominated for the best non-Olympic athlete in the Chinese sports award.
They became the first e-Sports team to reach the nomination. In addition, Wings Gaming was also nominated for the ‘e-Sports Team of the Year’ at the 2016 Games Awards.
The total prize money received: 9.7 million US dollars
Total tournament followed: 22
Fnatic is a professional e-Sports organization headquartered in London, England. Established in 2004, Fnatic consists of players from various countries and from various games. Their ‘League of Legends’ team won the inaugural competition of the League of Legends World Championship in 2011.
The ‘Counter-Strike’ team from Fnatic was also famous for ‘terrible’ with three major CS: GO tournaments.
The total prize money received: 9 million US dollars
The total tournament followed: 705
SK Telecom T1
Yes, as the name implies, this team is a team owned by a South Korean telecommunications company named SK Telecom. The company contracted the ‘StarCraft’ game team named Team Orion to give their team the name SK Telecom.
The SK Telecom T1 team for the ‘League of Legends’ division once won the League of Legends world championship in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The total prize money received: 8.5 million US dollars
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