With the first two weeks of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship in the books, the remaining eight teams will be competing for a much larger prize pool thanks to fan contributions.
Riot revealed that, due to sales of the Championship Zed and Championship Ward skins, the Worlds prize pool has increased by over $2 million, nearly double what it's been in the past. Twenty-five percent of each skin sold goes directly into the prize pool, which now stands at $4.145 million USD.
As a result of the changes, teams will now be awarded a percentage of the overall prize pool instead of a flat number, with the distribution as follows:
- 1st place: 40%
- 2nd place: 15%
- 3rd/4th place: 7.5%
- 5th-8th place: 4%
- 9th-12th place: 2.25%
- 13-16th place: 1.25%
Increasing the Worlds prize pool through skin sales was one of many promises outlined by Riot in September. Other changes included increasing the Mid-Season Invitational prize pool through Challenger skin sales, revenue sharing with team-branded in-game items, among others.
This is the first major increase in the Worlds prize pool since Season 2, as it has only seen slight increases above $2 million in the years since. By comparison, Valve's Dota 2 championships, The International, have seen its prize pool increase to over $20 million through sales of their Compendiums.
Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.