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Gaming tournaments now offer prize pools comparable to some of the most established traditional sporting events

The prize pools for the biggest gaming tournaments in the world are becoming comparable to the winnings in more well-established traditional sports tournaments.

After the Washington Capitals took home the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, the winning team was awarded $4 million and the runner-up got $3 million. That total prize pool is a third of what the first- and second-place winners of the 2017 International gaming tournament took home in 2017. 

While the prize money for the 2017 Tennis US Open is by far the largest of the ones listed, this chart from Statista shows that the 2017 International offered a prize pool larger than the 2017 Confederations Cup and twice the size of the 2017 Masters. And all but $1.6 million of that $24.7 million was crowdfunded.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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