2015 has been a massive year for eSports, especially the competitive level which has had a dramatic increase in prize pools reaching millions of dollars as a standard for big tournaments.
#1 – Dota 2 – The International 2015 – $18,429,613
The fifth edition of The International, an eSports Dota 2 championship tournament, took place at KeyArena Center in Seattle, Washington. Hosted by Valve Corporation, the tournament began on May 25th with the qualifier phase and ended after the main event between August 3rd and August 8th.
The tournament awarded the biggest prize pool in eSports history, at over $18 million. The winning team, Evil Geniuses were awarded $6,634,660, with each player in the team taking home over $1.3 million each. This is a fairly large sum, which just becomes even larger after the same team months before this event, ended up taking out The Dota Asia Championships winning $1,284,158.
Hell even for losing the grand final your team became millionaires and coming in 3rd, 4th, 5th and even 6th made your team over a million!
For me, it would have to be Grand Theft Auto 3. Sure, there are GTA’s that have come out with better graphics, more cars, and weapons, but GTA 3 was a total game changer. Never before were you afforded that much freedom to fuck shit up! What other game at the time let you pick up a hooker, have sex with her, and then rob her to get your money back??? Countless hours spent on that game and not a single regret!
I’m still stuck in the 90’s. I don’t think I will ever get over it. The carefree days of playing video games, taking a break when the ice cream man rang his jingle and not having to worry about bills, insurance, rent, office politics, and the myriad of other bullshit that comes with being a grown up. The only comfort I can take is remembering the good ol’ days and the good ol’ days consisted of a lot of video game playing, specifically NES. Here’s a selection of 10 awesome NES games, the boss fights and the ending to help take you back to those carefree days.