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ENC 2009 Prizes Announced, ESL Conserving?

Insider eSports – Is the ENC 2009 prize pool cut drastically due to economic crisis?

ESports league giant Electronic Sports League, whom had just announced their inaugural North American season, have also recently announced the prize pool for their European Nations Championship 2009, or ENC tournament. In years past, the prizes have become increasingly larger to near the largest in eSports

However this year seems to be a step backward; last year’s prize pot of 55,000€ has shrunk to only 15,000€.  To keep the prizes large enough for top contenders to compete, it seems the ESL has decided not to reward third place finishers with a cash prize.

This is no doubt a letdown, but to some this news is not all bad.  Making a debut at the ENC this year are two new titles, Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and Call of Duty 4.

This is what the ESL had to say:

“Today we can announce Defense of the Ancients (DotA) and Call of Duty 4 to be the two new disciplines in the European Nations Championship for 2009. Because of their debut both games are not endowed with any prize money in this year. Both the players and the audience can show their enthusiasm for their games and help them become a real part of the ENC next year.”

The full prize listings, with 2008 and 2009 cash out, is listed below:

Counter-Strike 1.6
1st Place - 4,000 Euro
2nd Place - 2,000 Euro
27,000 Euro in 2008
6,000 Euro in 2009

Counter-Strike: Source
1st Place - 2,000 Euro
2nd Place - 1,000 Euro
10,000 Euro in 2008
3,000 Euro in 2009

Warcraft 3
1st Place - 2,000 Euro
2nd Place - 1,000 Euro
10,000 Euro in 2008
3,000 Euro in 2009

FIFA 2009
1st Place - 2,000 Euro
2nd Place - 1,000 Euro
7,500 Euro in 2008
3,000 Euro in 2009

More information may be found on the ESL European website.

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quote#1 US Kuchcio 26/02/2009 - 14:17:15
They have said that :) that the prizes in some of the Competition modes will go down due to the poor economy. :)

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