#TomClancys #RainbowSixSiege now boasts the 10th greatest prize pool in #esports history, with $30,450,761 having been given out across all monitored tournaments, according to the official reports from various tournament’s #CFOs.
With Stage 3 of the professional Rainbow Six circuit, the #JapanLeague, #KoreanOpen, #SaudieLeagues, and #ROGMasters adding a combined $1.13 million to the net prize pool in October, Hearthstone was passed by Rainbow Six last month.
Down below are top 13 esports listed by total prize money awarded:
- Dota 2 ($309,609,010)
- Fortnite ($143,578,381)
- CSGO ($140,677,047)
- League of Legends ($98,171,095)
- Arena of Valor ($58,682,319)
- StarCraft II (38,193,332)
- Overwatch ($34,278,670)
- Rainbow Six Siege ($30,450,761)
- Heartstone ($28,893,344)
- Rocket League ($25,701,579)
- Heroes of the Storm ($18,385,772)
- Apex Legends ($15,146,480)
- CrossFire ($14,461,557)
Rainbow 6 vs Other Games
By February of next year, it is highly likely that Rainbow Six Siege will move up to seventh place by this metric given that the most recent season of the Overwatch League is currently being played on Overwatch 2 as opposed to the original game, as $3.5 million will be up for grabs in the Jönköping Major and SI 2023 alone.
Furthermore, Rainbow Six may pass StarCraft II in a few years due to StarCraft II’s declining esports support.
But Riot Games’ VALORANT, which has $14 million in prize pools in just 2.5 years and is currently ranked 16th, is closing the gap. Despite Siege’s five-year head start, the prize pools offered when the VCT partnered leagues begin in 2023 will probably expand and give it the advantage over R6.
Other indicators place Rainbow Six far below its competitors.
With $423,661 in prizes, Troy #Canadian Jaroslawski is the highest-paid Rainbow Six player, but he only ranks 447th overall and 15th among Canadian esports players.
The $3 million Six Invitational event currently ranks SI 2020, 2021, and 2022 as the joint-tournament with the 31st highest prize fund. These numbers are still significantly higher than any Counter-Strike competition to date.
The scale of the Rainbow Six environment is a significant factor in each of these. Only $16.1 million is spent globally on competitions like the SI, Majors, and PL Finals, which have been held every three months for almost seven years.
The other $14.3 million came exclusively from local and national competitions, which distributed the net reward pool among a larger spectrum of competitors and lower tiers.
Rainbow 6 Siege Financial Reports
Rainbow Six Extraction and Rainbow Six Siege together generated €300 million in net bookings in the fiscal year 2021–2022, to put the $30.4 million over seven years into perspective.
However, two different Dota 2 competitions, The International 2021 and 2019, with prize pools of $40 and $34 million, respectively, completely outpace the $30.4 million.
Rainbow Six Siege now ranks alongside some of the most recognizable names in the esports industry, even though finishing 8th in terms of prize money is probably lower than some ardent R6 esports fans would have anticipated.
This is especially impressive given that Ubisoft usually always provides prize pools for tournaments directly, which isn’t always the case with other titles.