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Dota 2 casters threaten to boycott upcoming Major amidst Kuku controversy

Published: 2/Dec/2018 15:11 Updated: 2/Dec/2018 15:44

by Connor Bennett


A whole host of top Dota 2 casters and analysts are threatening to boycott the upcoming Chongqing Major if Carlo ‘Kuku’ Palad is unable to attend.

Kuku, a Filipino professional player for TNC Predator, made derogatory comments towards Chinese people during a public game in November, causing outrage in the region. His comments caused widespread offence – leading to the local government being called upon to ban him and Chinese teams stopping practices with Kuku’s squad.

However, the 21-year-old has not been banned by Valve or tournament organisers Starladder and ImbaTV, but the event has reportedly been threatened with cancellation, by the government, if he attends. 

This has sparked protests from casters and analysts – many of who have called upon Valve to intervene.

Grant ‘GrandGranT’ Harris, Henrik ‘AdmiralBulldog’ Aknberg and David ‘GoDz’ Parker have publicly stated, via Twitter, that they will boycott the event if the player is unable to attend the event.

“If kuku isn’t allowed to play at the major I refuse to cast officially for the major, we all make mistakes and 1 mistake should not forbid you from playing at a tournament that potentially decides your whole career,” tweeted GrandGranT.

Twitter: TNC PredatorTNC Predator overcame Mineski to qualify for the Major.

In a set of tweets on Sunday, TNC Predator said they would be exploring their option after being told that Kuku might not be able to enter the country.

The team also added that the player’s safety could not be guaranteed in Chongqing and that there is a possibility the tournament could be cancelled if he attends. However, they added that they had spoken to the tournament organisers and had been informed that neither the team or Kuku had been banned from attending.

The Major doesn’t take place until January 19 but there are bigger ramifications for Kuku if he was to receive a ban from China. Dota’s The International 9 is being held in Shanghai, China – meaning any ban would see him possibly unable to attend Valve’s showcase tournament.

If the event in Chongqing is cancelled because Kuku attends, calls for Valve to lay down a ruling – one way or the other – will likely only intensify. 


DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.

25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.