The International 2016 (TI6) Current Prize Pool
StarCraft II

StarCraft II

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$19,292,167.26 From 3626 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2010-02-28 to

StarCraft II (abbreviated as SC2) is a military science fiction real-time strategy game developed and released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. A sequel to the award-winning 1998 video game StarCraft and its expansions, the game was released worldwide on July 27, 2010. It is split into three installments: the base game with the subtitle Wings of Liberty, and two expansion packs, Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void.

Set in the 26th century in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy, the game revolves around three species: the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms; and the Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers. Wings of Liberty focuses on the Terrans, while the expansions Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void will focus on the Zerg and Protoss, respectively.

As with StarCraft: Brood War, the best StarCraft II players are predominantly Korean players. There have been notable non-Korean players (referred to as "foreigners") that could stand toe-to-toe with Koreans, such as NaNiwa, Stephano, HuK and Scarlett. Many StarCraft II players transitioned from older real-time strategy games, including WarCraft III and Command & Conquer.

The StarCraft II World Championship Series is Blizzard's own league for the game. It is separated into three distinct regions around the world. WCS points are awarded to each region, as well as WCS-partnered events. The top 16 players with the most points qualify for the Global Finals at Blizzcon, where they compete for a $250,000 cash prize pool.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Korea, Republic of MCJang, Min Chul$503,931.22
2.Korea, Republic of LifeLee, Seung Hyun$475,300.67
3.Korea, Republic of sOsKim, Yoo Jin$434,702.80
4.Korea, Republic of PoltChoi, Sung Hoon$432,661.02
5.Korea, Republic of MvpJung, Jong Hyun$404,265.42
6.Korea, Republic of MMAMoon, Sung Won$395,456.54
7.Korea, Republic of PartinGWon, Lee Sak$352,459.50
8.Korea, Republic of INnoVationLee, Shin Hyung$301,189.00
9.Korea, Republic of NesTeaLim, Jae Duk$287,702.13
10.Korea, Republic of TaeJaYoon, Young Suh$281,133.59
11.Korea, Republic of ZestJoo, Sung Wook$268,640.09
12.Korea, Republic of HerOSong, Hyeon Deok$261,356.52
13.Korea, Republic of DongRaeGuPark, Soo Ho$258,118.27
14.France StephanoIlyes Satouri$254,000.11
15.Korea, Republic of BomberChoi, Ji Sung$251,626.11
16.Korea, Republic of LeenockLee, Dong Nyung$251,439.21
17.Korea, Republic of RainJung, Yoon Jong$239,358.36
18.Korea, Republic of HyuNKo, Seok Hyun$231,500.33
19.Korea, Republic of JaedongLee, Jae Dong$224,833.53
20.Norway SnuteJens Aasgaard$224,718.29
21.Korea, Republic of MarineKingLee, Jung Hoon$207,639.80
22.Korea, Republic of ClassicKim, Doh Woo$200,842.60
23.Poland NerchioArtur Bloch$181,732.41
24.Sweden NaNiwaJohan Lucchesi$177,328.02
25.Korea, Republic of MaruCho, Sung Choo$174,716.98

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$1,980,533.6510.27%


» Dota 2-$42,003,715.74
» League of Legends-$9,895,781.18
» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive+$4,837,705.48
» StarCraft: Brood War+$12,565,258.38
» Hearthstone: Heroes of WarCraft+$14,983,488.23
» WarCraft III+$15,201,327.54
» Heroes of the Storm+$15,270,963.20

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Korea, Republic of Korea, Republic of$13,087,156.15
2.China China$665,670.13
3.France France$614,026.70
4.Sweden Sweden$596,003.28
5.Germany Germany$524,610.21
6.United States United States$474,567.97
7.Canada Canada$447,188.86
8.Poland Poland$439,288.54
9.Norway Norway$292,281.04
10.Ukraine Ukraine$290,208.93

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

United Kingdom 2GDJames HardingHost
United Kingdom ApolloShaun ClarkAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States ArtosisDan StemkoskiAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States Day[9]Sean PlottAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator
United States DestinySteven BonnellCommentator, Content Creator, Tournament Organizer
United States djWHEATMarcus GrahamCommentator, Content Creator, Host
United States floFlorence YaoObserver
United States iNcontroLGeoff RobinsonAnalyst, Commentator, Content Creator, Host
United Kingdom ReDeYePaul ChalonerHost
Netherlands RotterdaMKevin van der KooiAnalyst, Commentator
Germany TaKeDennis GehlenCommentator, Content Creator, Host, Tournament Organizer
France ToDYoan MerloAnalyst, Commentator