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The International 2019 set to eclipse Fortnite World Cup’s insane prize pool

Published: 15/Jul/2019 15:33 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 18:14

by Connor Bennett

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The prize pool for Dota’s 2019 installment ofFortnite World Cup’s humongous $30 million layout, and it looks like it could be set to surpass it. 

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.

ValveWinning The International can be a life-changing experience for Dota 2 player.

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. 

Dota 2 Prize Pool TrackerThe Dota 2 prize money is well on its way to $30 million.

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.

Dota 2 Prize Pool TrackerThe release of additional cosmetics always sees a spike in prize money growth.

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.

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ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch

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ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
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ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.