While competitive gaming has been around since the late 90s, it has exploded in popularity over the past few years. Some people see video games as just a hobby, there’s an ever growing group of professional gamers that draw massive online viewers and even live audiences to watch them compete for some serious cash.
More than just cash however, these e-sport athletes are competing for bragging rights and some seriously awesome trophies!
Here are our top five favourite e-sport trophies currently available.
- The Aegis of Champions
Awarded to the winner of The International, an annual invite-only DotA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) tournament that pits 16 teams of five against each other competing for a whopping $1.6 million prize pool, including a cool million dollar first place prize. The chance to raise this elegant and aptly designed shield trophy may be worth more than your share of the first place prize.
2. The ESL One Trophy
Over 400,000 viewers tuned in in 2014 to watch pro-gamers compete for this bold yet simple trophy in the world’s largest Counter-Strike tournament. That and the $100,000 first place prize make winning this guy something to write home about.
3. The Gosu Trophy
Awarded to the StarCraft II world champion, “Gosu” is a Korean word meaning “person of great skill.” An appropriate name for a trophy that goes to the winner of one of the most gruelling tournaments in e-sports.
4. The Call of Duty World Championship Trophy
With a prize pool in 2014 of $1 million and $400,000 going toward first place, the Call of Duty World Championships is one of the toughest and most beautiful trophies to win in all of e-sports. Hoisting this impressive stand with a globe on top certainly gives you the feeling that you’re on top of the world.
5. The Summoner’s Cup
One of the most formidable cups you’ll ever see awarded for any competition, the Summoner’s Cup is awarded to the League of Legends world champion. The 2013 championships was held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles and viewed online by 32 million people, while the 2014 cup was awarded at a soccer stadium in Seoul, South Korea in front of 40,000 fans. With an audience that big, maybe 70lbs is an appropriately sized trophy!