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$300,000 Dota 2 minor to be played in a surprising location

Published: 10/Oct/2019 18:18 Updated: 10/Oct/2019 18:41

by Scott Robertson


WePlay! Have announced the dates and locations for the January Dota 2 minor that will take place before the subsequent major, as part of the Dota Pro Circuit. The location they’ve chosen is one that very few people expected.

As the post-The International 9 roster shuffle is wrapping up, and the concurrent short offseason is coming to a close, more and more details about upcoming DPC events are coming out.

WePlay! is an esports platform and tournament organizer that’s hosted events for League of Legends, CS:GO, World of Tanks, and Dota 2. They’ve hosted Dota 2 events for a few years now, and are now getting their first crack at hosting a DPC event. For the January 2020 minor, they’ve picked a unique and unexpected locale to host the $300,000 tournament: a mountaintop ski resort.

In January of next year, WePlay! will host the Bukovel Minor 2020 at the Bukovel ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains in Ukraine. Bukovel is the largest ski resort in Eastern Europe, with 540 acres of skiable area, and a lift system that can transport 30,000 passengers per hour.

The tournament participants will be playing at high elevation, roughly 3000 feet (900 meters) above sea level. The minor will consist of eight teams from six regions: North and South America, CIS, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia. 660 DPC points will be on the line, as all minors will be, as well as $300,000 and a spot at the following January major. The details and location of that major have not been announced yet.

Ukraine TravelerThe Bukovel ski resort in Ukraine, home of the Bukovel minor

But fans will not have to wait that long for Dota Pro Circuit action. In November, The Summit will host the DOTA Summit 11 minor, and Mars Dota 2 League will host the Chengdu major. While a small handful of top tier teams will be skipping the Chengdu major, the first DPC major will still feature a highly competitive field, as several organizations such as Alliance, Evil Geniuses, and Team Liquid will be debuting new lineups.

The Bukovel minor qualifiers will begin in December, and like other minors and majors in the DPC system, the tournament will follow a double-elimination bracket format after a group stage.

WePlay! released an official announcement on their website on October 10, which included a delightful Dota 2-themed parody of the holiday carol “Let it Snow.” 

WePlay! hosted the Reshuffle Madness event in September right after TI9, a tropical paradise-themed event that is drastically different from their upcoming mountain ski resort-held tournament.

In the Reddit thread announcement of the Bukovel minor, WePlay! revealed there will “soon be more” Madness series events. In that thread, they also promised to continue producing tier 2 and tier 3 Dota 2 events and said they will announce open qualifier registration as soon as possible.


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.