Esports World Cup 2024 Overview – Titles, Prize Money and More

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Esports World Cup 2024 Overview – Titles, Prize Money and More

The Esports World Cup 2024 is set to begin in the Saudi Arabian capital city of Riyadh, so find out what you can expect from this unprecedented event


The Esports World Cup brings the world's elite gamers together for a grueling eight-week competition. As many as 19 titles will be featured in this never-before-seen gaming festival. How will the event unfold in Riyadh? In this piece, we will briefly discuss what the EWC 2024 is all about, reveal how much money hangs in the balance, and many more. So,start your preparation for the ultimate esports bonanza right here!

Esports World Cup 2024 Explained

The Esports World Cup (EWC) explodes onto the scene in 2024, taking the crown as the biggest esports tournament ever. This groundbreaking event, organized by the Esports World Cup Foundation, surpasses its predecessor, Gamers8, by featuring a record-breaking prize pool. The EWC 2024 promises eight weeks of electrifying competition in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from June 28th to August 24th, as the world's elite gamers battle across a staggering 20 events in 19 titles. The tournament’s unprecedented grandeur makes it a historic Esports event.

EWC 2024 Games-Complete List

Esports World Cup 2024 Overview-Titles, Prize Money and More

Credit: Esports World Cup Foundation

These 19 titles have been confirmed to be featured in EWC 2024:

  • Counter-Strike 2
  • Dota 2
  • EA Sports FC 24
  • 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
  • StarCraft 2
  • Street Fighter 6
  • Teamfight Tactics
  • Tekken 8

You can check out our dedicated EWC 2024 games lineup article to know more.

EWC 2024 Format

In addition to the standard solo tournaments in each game, EWC 2024 introduces an innovative cross-game rating system. Teams and organizations will earn points based on the performance of their players across all competitions.

The esports organization with the most points across all 19 titles will be crowned the undisputed “Best Esports Club in the World,” etching their name on the prestigious EWC trophy and claiming a hefty additional prize pool.

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With this innovative framework, the tournament evolves beyond the confines of single-game supremacy. Organizations will have to focus on multiple disciplines to become the champions, instead of highlighting a select few.

More Than Just An Esports Tournament

This eight-week festival in Riyadh will ignite a frenzy of competitive and interactive gaming activities. Witness elite esports athletes battle for glory in pro matches across diverse titles like Counter-Strike, League of Legends, and Fortnite. Then, dive into the action yourself! Participate in amateur tournaments, test your skills in interactive gaming zones featuring the latest technology, and learn about the history and future of esports through educational exhibits. EWC 2024 isn't just about competition – it's a thrilling celebration of gaming culture for esports enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike.

Esports World Cup Prize Pool

A record-breaking $60 million prize pool fuels the fires of competition at the EWC! It dwarfs the previous world record of $45 million, which was also set by a Saudi Arabian event (Gamers8). This staggering sum will be distributed across four categories: $20 million will crown the ultimate esports club in the Club Championship. Over $30 million will be awarded to individual game champions across the 19 featured titles. Additionally, $7.6 million will empower aspiring players through qualifier events, and $1.1 million will be dedicated to recognizing the Most Valuable Players of each competition.

Ralf Reichert, CEO of the Esports World Cup Foundation, says:”Setting the record for the largest esports prize pool is a remarkable achievement, but what I'm most proud of is the positive message this sends to the wider esports and gaming community.

“More than $60m is a testament to our investment in the future of global esports, a commitment to esports fans who deserve exceptional events, and an extension of our mission to create meaningful competitive opportunities, with life-changing prize pools, for esports athletes everywhere.”

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Esports World Cup CS2

Esports World Cup 2024 Overview-Titles, Prize Money and More

Credit: ESL

CS2 is arguably going to be the most exciting offering of the Esports World Cup. The Esports World Cup CS2 Main Event will be a 15-team affair and as of writing, the dates and times were yet to be announced. These are the teams that received direct invites to the million dollar competition:

  • Team Spirit (IEM Katowice 2024 champions)
  • Natus Vincere (Copenhagen Major runner-ups)
  • FaZe Clan (ESL World Ranking)
  • Complexity Gaming (ESL World Ranking)
  • FURIA Esports (ESL World Ranking)
  • G2 Esports (RSL World Ranking)
  • Team Vitality (ESL World Ranking)
  • MOUZ (ESL World Ranking)
  • Virtus.pro (ESL World Ranking)

The remaining six spots will go to the regional qualifier champions. Big names like Team Falcons and Heroic have fallen in the early stages of the qualifiers.

When Does the Esports World Cup Start?

Even though qualifiers and other behind the scenes activities are going on in full swing, the Esports World Cup 2024 is still a few months away. The schedules have been announced for only a handful of disciplines. Here are the dates revealed so far:

  • Counter-Strike 2 (TBD)
  • Dota 2 (July)
  • EA Sports FC 24 (TBD)
  • Apex Legends (TBD)
  • Fortnite (TBD)
  • Garena Free Fire (July 10-July 14)
  • Honor of Kings (August)
  • League of Legends (TBD)
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (June 28-July 14)
  • Overwatch 2 (TBD)
  • PUBG (TBD)
  • PUBG Mobile (July)
  • Rainbow Six (July)
  • Rennsport (TBD)
  • Rocket League (TBD)
  • StarCraft 2 (TBD)
  • Street Fighter 6 (TBD)
  • Teamfight Tactics (TBD)
  • Tekken 8 (TBD)

How to watch the EWC 2024

Can’t make it to Saudi Arabia to catch the action? No worries! The Esports World Cup 2024 will be streamed across a variety of popular platforms like Twitch, YouTube, and Huya, ensuring fans worldwide can witness the action. To break down language barriers, the broadcasts will feature immersive commentary and support in over 20 languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Russian.

Specific broadcast details and schedules will be announced closer to the event date. We will update this article as soon as latest updates drop.

Esports World Cup 2024 Overview – Titles, Prize Money and More
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