Ahead of the Worlds 2020, Riot has shared the prize pool changes where the champion’s prize will be reduced while others will get better distribution.
League of Legends Worlds 2020 has to be the biggest esports tournament of this year starting September 25. As the event is going to take place in China, all the qualified teams from different regions besides the VCS teams have already reached Shanghai and taking preparation for the grand tournament.
Furthermore, ahead of the Worlds, Riot has already revealed the format and schedule while the group stage draw is going to take place on Tuesday, September 15, but there is yet little know about the prize pool. This eventually led fans to wonder whether Riot will keep the prize pool the same as before.
However, today on the latest dev post, Riot has shared some more information about the 2020 Worlds prize pool changes saying “we will be making some changes to how we allocate the prize pool for Worlds this year.”
Although Riot didn’t reveal the actual prize pool of last year’s Worlds, previously the champion team would take 37.5% of the total prize that would come from the World Champion Skins sales.
Nevertheless, with the absence of the VCS teams, Riot is planning to create a more “equitable structure” at this year’s Worlds tournament. Subsequently, they will be reducing the champion team’s prize money to 25% while increasing the percentage of other teams.
“To create a more equitable structure, the first-place prize will be reduced and allocated to the other finishers to better distribute the Worlds prize pool to the remaining competitors,” Riot Games stated. “We’ve slightly modified the intended new structure to account for the VCS teams who are unable to attend; we will be paying out more than 100% of the prize pool this year.”
Here’s the new guaranteed prize for Worlds 2020:
- 1st place: 25%
- 2nd place: 17.5%
- 3rd and 4th place: 9%
- 5-8th place: 4.5%
- 9-12th place: 2.5%
- 13-16th place: 1.5%
- 17-18th place: 1%
- 19-20th place: 0.75%
- 21-22th place: 0.6%
- 23-24th place: Worlds 2020 is going to have 22 teams.
- VCS (2 teams): 2.1%
Besides the champions team’s prize money where it is now reduced by 12.5%, they are increasing the prize pool for the rest of the teams. Moreover, two VCS teams will also be getting 2.1% of the prize money as well.
The League of Legends Worlds 2020 kicks off with the play-in stage on September 25.