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Worlds prize pool eclipses $4 million

The worlds prize pool has eclipsed $4 million
Photo courtesy of Riot Games

The prize pool for the League of Legends World Championship has eclipsed $4 million, though it’s slightly behind the pace of last year’s crowd-funded pool.

Contributions via sales of the Championship Ashe skin and championship ward skin have added $1.85 million to the worlds prize pool through the group stage, according to an update Wednesday from Riot Games. The total prize pool is at $4,072,101. At this point last year, the prize pool was at $4,145,000

As implemented last year, 25 percent of sales from the championship skin and championship ward skin is added to the prize pool. Last year’s prize pool totaled $5,070,000, which more than doubled the original $2.5 million purse. This year’s pool can continue to grow until 11:59 p.m. ET Nov. 5.

Riot also released the prize distribution for teams at worlds. With eight more teams at this year’s tournament, first and second place will take home a slightly larger share, as they earned 40 percent and 15 percent, respectively, in 2016.  This year’s breakdown is as follows:

  • 1st place: 37.5%
  • 2nd place: 13.5%
  • 3rd/4th place: 7% (14% total)
  • 5th-8th place: 4% (16% total)
  • 9th-12th place: 2.25% (9% total)
  • 13th-16th place: 1.25% (5% total)
  • 17th-20th place: 0.75% (3% total)
  • 21st-24th place: 0.5% (2% total)

In addition, Riot will match fan contributions to make donations to three global charities: BasicNeeds, Learning Equality, or the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Players can vote for which of the three charities will receive 50 percent of the donations, while the other two will receive 25 percent each. Players with a higher honor score in the game will have their votes count for more, and votes can be cast through the “Vote for Charity” tab in the game’s client.

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