Ahead of the League of Legends World Cup finals, Edward Gaming (EDG) founder Edward Zhu revealed that he would give each of his team players a property in Guangzhou (China) if they won the grand final against DAMWON Gaming KIA. According to a report from the Sports Business Journal, where the EDG list meets the requirement, Zhu has agreed to reward his players with properties worth ￥ 1 million RMB ($ 156K USD) each.
Electronics company TCL has announced additional rewards worth $ 470,000 USD
Worlds 2021 had a prize pool of $ 2.225 million USD, and Edward Gaming’s first place brought the team a considerable $ 489,000, which is equivalent to 22% of the prize pool. But the cash prize from the Riot Games is only the tip of the iceberg for the League of Legends team. In addition to part of the prize pool and properties in Guangzhou, players will receive an additional reward worth ￥ 3 million ($ 470K) from the Chinese multinational electronics company TCL. The team will also receive TCL-labeled household appliances worth 70K ($ 11K) for each player.
Riot Games has partnered with Mercedes-Benz to distribute custom rings to Edward Gaming players. The World Cup rings have the Mercedes-Benz star logo shown on the sides and are made of 18 carat white gold with a specially cut sapphire jewel. The Worlds logo displayed on each ring has a diamond encased inside. While Riot Games and Mercedes-Benz were building the emblem, the rings were handmade by GOOD ART HLYWD. The rings were presented to the players on November 6, 2021 after the grand finale.
EDG’s two South Korean players Lee “Scout” Ye-chan and Park “Viper” Do-hyeon may have difficulty receiving the properties in China due to their status as foreign individuals. The sports organization told the Sports Business Journal that it is trying to resolve things officially. In the event that players are unable to receive the properties in China, the two players will be rewarded with cash instead.