Starcraft Bitcoin Prize Could’ve Made Tournament Losers Millionaires


A StarCraft 2 tournament may have accidentally turned its losers millionaires by giving them 25 bitcoins in 2011 when it was worth around $ 1.

ON Starcraft 2 The 2011 tournament may have accidentally turned its losers into millionaires Bitcoin. The tournament had a prize pool of around $ 1,000, but also had 25 bitcoins for some of the losers, which wasn’t worth much then but is a fortune now.

Bitcoin has become one of the most valuable forms of currency available. The value comes in part from its limited availability; Only 21 million bitcoins have been produced and only a little more than 18 million have actually been mined and circulated. To date, Bitcoin is valued at around $ 47,000. The price of the cryptocurrency has skyrocketed in the last few years, increasing from a three-digit value to a four-digit value. In 2020, Bitcoin rose from around USD 7,000 to over USD 30,000 in just a few months. The cryptocurrency is still rising and will likely only continue to grow, possibly until it hits six digits.

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As Lee Sharpe pointed out on Twitter, a StarCraft 2 tournament inadvertently turned its losers into potential millionaires. The 2011 StarCraft tournament was hosted by the StarCraft Brood War clan AoV and originally had a prize pool of around $ 700 before it was increased to $ 1,000. The tournament awarded $ 500 in first place, $ 250 in second place, $ 150 in third place, and $ 100 in fourth place. The fifth to eighth place brought 25 Bitcoins each, which was not so popular in 2011.

The 25 bitcoins offered to each of the four players had a total value of $ 41.25 at the time, according to Liquipedia tournament data. Now they could use the prize money to buy an expensive house, a beautiful car, and more if they stick with it. The four winners were Sziky, Kolll, Hejek and Jumper. It’s unclear what happened to their bitcoin, but if they still have it, they’ll likely be discontinued. As Sharpe also pointed out on Twitter, it appears that everyone who organized the StarCraft 2 tournament was an early adopter of the cryptocurrency and had 100 bitcoins lying around. The total valuation of that would be $ 4.7 million today, so hopefully the promoter hasn’t blown up all of the bitcoin data.

Given Bitcoin still soaring when it hits a $ 100,000 valuation, this one Starcraft 2 Players could turn what was once $ 41.25 into $ 2.5 million. Needless to say, no one could have predicted this for 2011. This was probably just a way to replenish the prize pool rather than having anyone actually believe that it would be worth it for these players in the long run.

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Source: Lee Sharpe

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