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Month: December 2016

2016 in Review: Top 10 eSports Teams (based on earnings)

2016 was another record year for eSports. As prize pools for tournaments keep growing by the millions, so do the fortunes earned by the teams and organizations involved. This year saw new games break into the scene such as Overwatch. Valve again had the biggest prize pool in eSports history for the Dota 2 tournament “The International” – a whopping $20,770,460. Almost all of it, $19,170,460 to be exact, was added by the community through crowdfunding.

As expected with humongous prize pools, Dota 2 teams lead the charts for the Top 10 eSports by the end of 2016, based on their earnings. The list below shows the total prize pool money earned by the top 10 teams or organizations by the end of 2016.

  1. Counter Logic Gaming – $1,605,750 on 95 Tournaments

counter_logic_gaming_logo-svgMost of CLG’s money comes from Halo. After placing 1st in multiple tournaments, including the Halo World Championship of 2016, the team earned $1,107,000 from 6 Tournaments.

Their CS:GO team earned a total of $160,500 this year, a little more than what they won during 2015 ($126,989).



  1. Team EnVyUs – $1,812,573 in 81 Tournaments


The American organization had an excellent year with the Call of Duty franchise, earning a total of $921,330 from 11 tournaments. This is even more impressive considering that by the end of 2015, the team only earned 1/36th of that amount – just $25,052 in prize money.

Their CS:GO team had a somewhat difficult year. By the end of 2015, EnVy was placing first in several tournaments and earned $512,511. But this year their all-French roster won $454,547. While the difference in earnings doesn’t seem too big, the reason they even brought home as much as they did is mainly due to the increase in prize pool money for CS:GO tournaments, not that they won more tournaments. The team only placed first three times, and their performance in the Majors was not ideal.


  1. MVP – $2,537,357 in 128 Tournaments

mvplogoThe organization known for being the “Korean Overlords”  on the Dota 2 scene (being the only Korean organization involved in this game), have different teams wearing their logo such as MVP-Phoenix and MVP HOT6 for Dota 2 (along with multiple LoL and HOTS teams).

Their Dota 2 squad contributed to most of the organization’s prize pool money earned in 2016. MVP Phoenix placed 5-6th in the Manila Major and The International 2016, earning more than $1.1 million combined between those two tournaments. Their two Dota 2 teams combined earned more than $1.7 million, and their Heroes of the Storm teams won more than $500,000. The rest of the money came from their wins in League of Legends and StarCraft II.


  1. SK Telecom T1 – $2,737,898 in 31 Tournaments


SK Telecom is best known for their League of Legends squad. While StarCraft II has contributed to the organization’s prize pool earnings, it’s their LoL teams that bring the bread to the table.

Their League of Legends team won multiple tournaments, including the 2016 World Championship. In total, the LoL team won a total of $2,459,412.00 from nine Tournaments during 2016.



  1. Team OG – $2,915,144 in 14 Tournaments

600px-og_logoTeam OG is strictly a Dota 2 organization. The team won two Majors in 2016, along with several big Dota 2 tournaments.

The two Majors made up $2.1 million of their total earnings, and impressively the team has won three of the five Dota 2 majors that have ever been hosted: The Frankfurt Major in 2015, the Manila Major in 2016 and the Boston Major in 2016.



  1. Team Liquid – $2,997,661 in 298 Tournaments


Team Liquid is a worldwide professional eSports organization, with rosters competing in games such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and many other well-known gaming titles.

Their Dota 2 team contributed $1,796,096, placing 2nd in two Majors and 7th-8th in The International 6. Their CS:GO team had a good year with a total of $447,133 from 24 tournaments, more than triple their 2015 earnings when the team only won $146,906.

Their fighting games scene contributed $251,423 from 14 Tournaments.


  1. Fnatic – $3,089,721 in 60 Tournaments

shum9dx5The eSports organization has players and teams competing in almost every gaming title that has a professional scene.

2016 was a slow year for their Counter-Strike team compared to 2015 when the team won a total of $862,913. This year only saw a winning a total of $682,331.60.

Their Dota 2 squad overall had a good year (if we ignore their recent performance), winning a total of $1,954,094. Close to $1.5 million of that was from ending 4th at The International 2016.

Their LoL roster won $35,000, then $40,0000 from SMITE, and $233,000 from HOTS.


  1. Evil Geniuses – $3,503,996 in 65 Tournaments

600px-egBy the end of 2015, Evil Geniuses was the top organization, claiming The International 5, DAC 2015, and several other tournaments for a total of $8,952,675.

This year was slower for them than last year, but still impressive and lucrative – earning them the third place spot on this list. Their new Dota 2 Squad won a total of $3,293,813.


  1. Digital Chaos – $3,790,173 in 12 Tournaments

digitalchaos_logoDigital Chaos was formed near the end of 2015 and started slow, but 2016 turned into their lucky year.

The team placed second in The International 2016 and this earned them a total of 3,427,126 in prize pool money. The team placed 3rd-4th in The Boston Major 2016, and closed their year with 3rd-4th place in the China Top 2016.



  1. Wings Gaming – $9,589,559 in 16 Tournaments

600px-wingsHow can a team win it all, you might ask? The Chinese team was formed in 2014 after the end of The International 2014, but it wasn’t until 2016 that teams started to take them seriously.

They went on to win ESL One Manila 2016, followed by The Summit 5, and topped it off with a first place win at The International 2016.

Their Dota 2 team is one of the most feared teams on the scene, and their aggressive style of play and deep hero pool are topics of constant discussion by the Dota 2 fans and analysts.

Their win at The International 2016 granted them a total of $9,139,002 in prize pool money, and places their team as the #2 in lifetime history of eSports, with a total of $9,636,911 (Evil Geniuses that has earned a total of 15,352,198.29 since its inception).

There will be fewer Dota 2 majors during 2016, but with the constant growth of CS:GO and the new release of Overwatch, we’re excited to see which eSports teams and organizations win big in 2017.



New Games on OPSkins: Rust, Killing Floor and Unturned Added

OPSkins is proud to announce that we now support the sale of items from Rust and Killing Floor 2. We also recently added Unturned items as well.


Image courtesy of Facepunch Studios

Rust is a multiplayer survival game, in which players are let loose on a vast and harsh wilderness. Players have to craft items by gathering materials that will help them battle threats, such as wolves, bears, hypothermia, radiation, starvation and even other players. Items for rust currently have price tags under $100.00 on the Steam Market.


Image courtesy of Tripwire Interactive

Killing Floor 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter game where you get to shoot hordes of zombies with your friends while listening to heavy metal. Each player can select from up to seven different perks that will grant them unique abilities to fight the hordes of ZEDs. All the weapon modifications are cosmetic, so if you’re a noob there’s no way around it. On the Steam marketplace these skins have a higher price tag, with numbers in the higher three digits. You will be able to sell crafted skins that are tradeable on the Steam platform.



Last but not least, Unturned. An indie free-to-play, zombie-themed survival game that is accessible for everyone. Players have to craft items and weapons, while battling zombies, starvation, thirst, disease and even hypothermia on large open world maps. These items have been available in our marketplace for some time now.

We plan on expanding our support for more games in our marketplace so tell us, which game would you want us to add next?


And the Winners Are…

We saw a lot of excellent entries from the community for the OPSkins Insanity Giveaway. Dozens of users posted videos and photos for the chance to win a $10,000 CyberPowerPC Gaming System, but ultimately had to narrow it down to a winner. As we mentioned in the contest announcement post:

The person who posts the most impressive/extreme/hilarious/insane video or photo wins the gaming system. We’ll take the community’s reaction into consideration when choosing the winner – so the more viral it goes, the better your chances of winning.

Basically, do something AWESOME.

Using a combination of the community’s reaction, the insanity level of the entries, and internal voting, we’ve narrowed it down to first place, second place and runner ups. Here are the winners!

The OPSkins Karambit Tattoo

Nothing promotes OPSkins more than permanently tattooing the logo on ones body. The size of the tattoo, plus the Karambit art and the all-in dedication that comes with a lifetime of OPSkins branding, made this entry the first place winner.

OPSkins Tattoo

The OPSkins Logo Tattoo

Again, permanent body art was the big winner here. Second place, and $500 in OPSkins Wallet Funds, goes to the only other tattoo entry of the OPSkins logo.


Instead of a third place winner, we had five runner-ups, who each won $250 in OPSkins Wallet Funds. Here are the runner-up prize winners:

All Entries

All entries, including the ones above and all others submitted, can be found here.

Thanks to everyone who entered, this was a lot of fun for us here at OPSkins, and we hope you enjoyed it to whether you participated or got to watch some of the entries. Now, on to the next giveaway. Hmmm, what should we give away next?


OPSkins Site Update: Find the perfect skin with the new Weapon Builder

As part of our constant improvement to our marketplace, we’ve added a nifty new feature to the site called the Weapon Builder.

Lets say you have a specific CS:GO skin that you want to buy, and you want to know if there are any on sale on OPSkins with stickers. You simply go to the Weapon Builder page and select the weapon category:


You will be able to choose from pistols, rifles, SMGs, shotguns and machine guns (heavy). For this example, we chose the rifles.


And more specifically, we chose the AK-47 from the list of available rifles for CS:GO.


The page will now show a drop-down list of the skin names for this rifle. We chose the Case Hardened skin for the AK-47 and by doing this, the page will show the Wear Category that you can select for the skin (we selected Field-Tested):


You can now see the cheapest skin for this category, and by clicking on the Next button it will send you to the Stickers menu where you can select the type and number of stickers on the skin that you want. Once you have selected a sticker for the skin, the page will display the number of available units (in this case seven) currently on the marketplace that have this combination of the skin with the stickers on it.


Here’s where it gets interesting because underneath the sticker selection, there is a blue button labeled Request Screenshot. Once you press it, the page will provide a screenshot of the weapon with the skin and the sticker on the position you selected (1, 2, 3, 4).


If you were not sure how the skin would look with a sticker or several stickers on it, then the weapon builder can help you – just remember that if the Weapon Builder cannot show you a result of the skin with the stickers, then that means that the specific combination that you’re looking for is currently unavailable in our marketplace.

Happy weapon building!


Dota 2: The New Journey Update

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It’s finally out. “The New Journey” is a major, long-awaited Dota 2 patch that turns the game version into 7.00.

With it comes a long list of changes to the map, items, heroes and overall game play. Some say it feels like a completely different game now, and Reddit started calling the update “Dota 3” before the patch was even out.

Update 7.00 is titled “The New Journey” and marks the debut of a brand new hero, Monkey King. Monkey King was announced during The International 6. All previous heroes in Dota 2 were ported from the previous version of the game, making Monkey King the first original hero to be created specifically for Dota 2. Monkey King was released along with a custom Arcana Item, new themed terrain and announcer packs. All those items will be available on OPSkins as soon as the items become tradeable.

With “The New Journey” comes a series of additional changes such as the New HUD, a new Pregame phase, remodels for three heroes (that badly needed it such as Viper, Slardar and Enigma) and the introduction of “talent trees” into the game.

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Talents will replace the “stats” option when leveling up heroes and will grant them additional stats and perks such as lower respawn time, additional GPM, additional Health, damage and many different options designed for each hero. You can read all the new abilities and changes on the official game play patch logs.

If you love Dota 2 as much as we do, we invite you to read “The New Journey” update on the official Dota 2 blog. And if you love skins as much as we do, make sure to drop by OPSkins to get your Monkey King Arcana in the following weeks.


OPSkins Site Update: Cashouts Just Got Even Easier

Update 12/21/2016: Added Paylution as a new cashout option. You can read here for more information.

Today we introduced new features to the OPSkins cashouts page – it’s now even easier to send the money earned from item sales to your PayPal account or bitcoin wallet.

Now you can stack cashouts so you don’t have to submit multiple requests until you reach the amount you want to cashout, and if you want to cashout the maximum amount available in your account, you can do it with one button. 

See the screenshots below or head on over to the cashouts page to check it out for yourself.

This is the most recent improvement to the cashout feature on our marketplace – earlier this year we added the one-hour cashouts feature (you can see a summary of all recent updates made to OPSkins here).

As you can see, payment processors are now listed on the right side of the screen and we have added a one click cashout button.


Cashouts to your PayPal account have two options: One-Hour Cashout or Standard Cashout (which takes 4-7 days to be issued). Bitcoin cashouts are currently available with the Standard Cashout option only.


As always, if you’re issuing a Bitcoin cashout request we will have to verify your account through our whitelisting process.

We are also currently working on bringing you the one-hour cashout option for Bitcoin, it will be available soon