Esports World Cup 2024: Schedule, games, prize pool & more

Declan Mclaughlin

The 2024 Esports World Cup is set to be the biggest event in the industry’s history as it will feature over a dozen individual esports tournaments and an incredibly high prize pool to boot. Here is everything you need to know about the Saudi Arabian event.

The Esports World Cup is the successor to the Gamers8 festival that the Saudi Esports Federation put on in 2022 and 2023, featuring multiple high-profile esports tournaments. With the Saudi government consolidating the esports industry under Savvy Games Group, buying out both ESL and FACEIT, the conglomerate is bringing together almost every major esports to its summer tournament in Riyadh.

Outside of the individual esports events, there will also be a cross-game competition between the organizations at the event as one will be crowned the first-ever Esports World Cup Champion. Last year’s Gamers8 event featured a combined prize pool of around $45, and this tournament is set to be even bigger and more costly.

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Esports World Cup: Schedule

The eight-week tournament series runs from July 3 to August 25. Qualifiers for some of the tournaments are already ongoing, and some teams have already locked in their spots at the event.

Each week will have three to four esports running their brackets simultaneously, with some only taking one week to complete and others multiple. The schedule is broken down as follows:

  • Week 1 – League of Legends, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, TBA, Dota 2
  • Week 2 – Dota 2, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Garena Free Fire
  • Week 3 – Dota 2, Counter-Strike 2, PUBG Mobile
  • Week 4 – Overwatch 2, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, PUBG Mobile
  • Week 5 – Rainbow Six: Siege, Honor of Kings, Apex Legends
  • Week 6 – Street Fighter 5, Fortnite, Teamfight Tactics
  • Week 7 – EAFC24, TBA, StarCraft II
  • Week 7 – Rocket League, TEKKEN 8, PUBG, RENNSPORT

The tournament is either going to be folded into the participating esport’s circuit or operate as a third-party event and will fill in a gap in its schedule.

The event will take place in the country’s capital Riyadh.

This section will be updated as more information becomes available.

Esports World Cup: Esports tournaments

So far 19 esports titles are set to appear at the Esports World Cup. The event’s esports lineup includes the following:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • DOTA 2
  • EAFC
  • Apex Legends
  • Fortnite
  • Garena Free Fire
  • Honor of Kings
  • League of Legends
  • Mobile Legends Bang Bang
  • Overwatch 2
  • PUBG
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Rainbow Six
  • RENNSPORT
  • Rocket League
  • StrarCraft II
  • Street Fighter 6
  • TEKKEN 8

In the schedule release for the EWC there is a spot for a yet-to-be-announced game, so a 20th esport is on the horizon.

Esports World Cup: Prize money

The Esports World Cup has a combined prize pool of $60 million, easily breaking the record for biggest prize pool of all time. 2023’s Gamers8 event set the record with $45 million across several esports tournaments.

The prize pool broken down by esport is as follows:

  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang: $3,500,000
  • RENNSPORT: $500,000
  • StarCraft II: $1,000,000
  • EAFC24: $1,000,000
  • Counter-Strike 2: $1,000,000
  • Overwatch 2: $1,000,000
  • Garena Free Fire: $1,000,000
  • Apex Legends: $2,000,000
  • Street Fighter 6: $1,000,000
  • TEKKEN 8: $1,000,000
  • Rainbow Six Siege: $2,000,000
  • DOTA 2: $5,000,000
  • Fortnite: $1,000,000
  • League of Legends: $1,000,000
  • TFT: $500,000
  • PUBG Mobile: $3,000,000

The breakdown for every tournament’s prize pool has not been officially released, however, an X account supposedly leaked the information on April 17. This article will be updated as this information releases from official sources.

The EWC is also putting up $7.6 million before the event begins for teams to win through the qualifying stages. $20 million will also be awarded to the top 16 teams across the event. Players who earn MVP status after their respective tournaments will also receive an additional $50,000, totaling $1.1 million across all esports.

The record for the biggest prize pool for a single tournament, however, is still held by DOTA 2’s T1 2021 as the event offered up over $40 million to contestants.

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