Esports World Cup 2024 – Keys, Trophies, and the Totem Explained

The Esports World Cup 2024 is finally underway, kicking off eight weeks of action across 20 different tournaments. With a $60 million prize pool up for grabs, there’s an enormous amount at stake. However, that’s not all to play for. The Esports World Cup 2024 also offers a unique key, trophies, and totem system that seems complicated at a glance – we’re here to explain how the best esports teams around the world will be celebrated upon victory in Riyadh.

EWC Club Championship Explained

Esports World Cup 2024

Credit: Esports World Cup 2024

The EWC Club Championship is a way to reward the cumulative winners across the entire event. The top eight teams of each tournament will gain points toward the EWC Club Championship total, with more points awarded for a higher finish. Crucially, these points are the exact same, no matter the game, so no particular team is at a disadvantage here.

The top 16 teams at the end of the event will be awarded an eye-watering $20 million, with the top team taking home a lion’s share of $7 million total. However, the team top of the EWC Club Championship must win at least one tournament at the Esports World Cup 2024 in order to be crowned the overall winner of the event.

Esports World Cup 2024 Keys, Trophies, and the Totem Explained

Esports World Cup 2024

Credit: Esports World Cup 2024

Now for the complicated part (but not really). Every team at the Esports World Cup 2024 will be given a personalized key featuring both an inner key and an outer frame. With each competition win, teams are given an individual game trophy, in which their inner key is a perfect fit. The outer frame will be placed on a totem to be displayed in Riyadh, which shows all of the winners at the Esports World Cup 2024.

Teams who don’t emerge victorious will have their keys crushed, with the remains encased in resin in the totem for all to see. It doesn’t end there, however. The winners of each tournament get to select three of their opponents, taking the remains of their keys to be encased in the base of their winner’s trophy. Losers will receive a personalized token symbolizing where they finished, so no one goes home empty-handed.

It’s a novel idea never before seen in esports, but is it just a gimmick, or will these EWC set a new bar going forward? Let’s wait and see.

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