The International is the annual showpiece event for Dota 2. 18 teams from around the world spend a full year doing their best to rack up Dota Pro Circuit points in the hope of competing in front of the most raucous crowd of the season for the biggest prize pool around.
In recent years, winning teams have walked away with over $11 million as fans have raised more than $25 million in prizes, after Valve releases its yearly battle pass - which is full of cosmetics and rewards. It has stayed ahead of the competition in prize pool records, but Fortnite has it under pressure. However, Dota fans are rallying to get their game of choice on top.
At the time of writing, July 15, the prize pool for The International 9 stands at $28,922,369 according to the Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker website. It’s already surpassed the previous record from The International 8, which was set at just a touch over $25.5 million.
Of course, the current number of nearly $29 million puts its just over $1 million short of the Fortnite World Cup, which closes off with its finals on July 26 - just around four weeks before crowdfunding for The International wraps up.
With 30 days to go, at the time of writing, Dota 2 is well on course to smash the record-breaking amount set by the battle royale title.
Valve has yet to release their third installment of the Immortal Treasure cosmetic series, which has been known to provide major boosts to the prize pool in previous years.
While fans are unsure when the developers will release the money-spinning items, they’ll be sure to plunge even further into their bank accounts in order to try and secure those legendary cosmetics.
Unless Epic Games turns around and gives their prize pool a further jolt, it appears as if Dota will likely retain its crown as the top dog.