IESF 2022 World Esports Championships to Feature Record $500,000 Prize Pool: The International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced a total prize pool of $500,000 to be awarded at the upcoming 14th WE Championships Finals, taking place in Bali, Indonesia from 27 November to 9 December. The WE Championships prize pool has seen an unprecedented increase in just one year, from $55,000 in 2021 to $500,000 this year.
IESF President Vlad Marinescu said: “We are very excited for this momentous growth of 2022 WE Championships Finals prize pool to $500,000, which is representative of the growing popularity and credibility of our flagship event. We are on track to hold the biggest and most inclusive WE Championships yet. We look forward to further increasing access to professional Esports opportunities and providing athletes with the ultimate environment to perform at their full potential.”
IESF 2022 World Esports Championships to Feature Record $500,000 Prize Pool
IESF recently announced the six-game titles which will be featured at the competition. CS: GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, and eFootball will return to this year’s WE Championships and mobile games PUBG mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang will be featured for the first time. Registration for National Federations opened on 20 February and over 120 countries across six continents are expected to compete in the regional and national qualifiers.
Mr Yugal Kishore Sharma, Director of Esports Federation of India (ESFI),
“It’s a very opportune time for the announcement of the 14th Edition of the 2022 World Esports Championships by IESF. The titles included in the championship are CS: GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, eFootball, PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, we have very strong chances of winning Medals across these titles (other than the ones banned in India). This year’s championship will be the biggest in the history of esports with the expected participation of around 1,000 pro teams/ athletes participating in a single event. The prize will also be the highest one ever announced by IESF. With an enormous prize pool of $500k, ESFI will host the national qualifiers for this championship and send our country’s contingent to compete at IESF’s flagship event in Bali, Indonesia.”
“This year we are power-packed with multiple prestigious tournaments like Asian Games 2022, Commonwealth Games, etc, I am certain that our esports contingent will not only put up a strong fight but also strive for a podium finish. This truly is the esports industry’s time as the ‘rising-Sun’ and ESFI is all geared-up to have India become the esports powerhouse, globally.”
The WE Championships remains the sole international Esports event where athletes compete by representing their countries. Bali was awarded hosting rights in September 2021 and was handed over the hosting duties during a special ceremony following 2021 WE Championships Finals in Eilat, Israel, which united the World Esports Family for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic.