As the 2016 League of Legends World Championship closes out its second week of Group Stages and advances into the Quarterfinals, Riot Games has revealed the current prize pot that teams will claw their way to the top for.

Currently, the available prize money stands at $4,145,000 USD. The pool initially started at $2,000,000 with the potential to grow through crowdfunding. Similarly to Dota 2’s The International Battle Pass, Riot promised that 25% of Championship Zed and Championship Ward skins sales would feed directly into the Worlds prize pool, with the Challenger skin going towards the MSI award.

Now that the prize pool has nearly doubled, with a very likely chance for it to continue growing, Riot has outlined the following percentage-based breakdown that will replace the former flat numbers:

Place Percentage Awarded
1st 40%
2nd 15%
3rd-4th 7.5%
5th-8th 4%
9th-12th 2.25%
13th-16th 1.25%

This is the largest fans have seen the pool grow, with previous Worlds prize pots reaching only just past $2,000,000 USD. This also marks the second major increase in since 2012, when the prize pool grew from just $99,500 to a whopping two million dollars. Fans have already begun speculating that it is only matter of a few years before the League of Legends Worlds prize rivals Dota 2‘s The International, which gathered over $20,700,000 in prize money through their crowdfunding system.

Riot promises to provide an update as the Grand Finals draw nearer, which will take place on October 29th in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center.

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