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Dota 2’s The International 2019 closing in on Fortnite World Cup’s $30 million prize pool

Published: 28/Jun/2019 10:57 Updated: 28/Jun/2019 12:33

by Joe O'Brien

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The prize pool for DotA 2’s The International 2019 is on pace to once again smash last year’s total and looks like it could be gunning to surpass the Fortnite World Cup’s $30 million prize.

Since the advent of the crowd-sourced prize pool for The International in 2013, DotA 2’s biggest event has been renowned for offering the largest prize in esports by a significant margin.

Every year, the DotA 2 community comes together to break the previous record, contributing to the prize pool by buying and levelling up the Battlepass.

In 2019, however, for the first time another event looks set to offer more money in a single event, with the Fortnite World Cup, the finals of which are set to take place on July 26-28, boasting an unbelievable $30 million prize pool.

ValveThe International 2018 was won by OG, who took home a massive $11,234,158.

There are some caveats to the comparison – for the Fortnite World Cup, the prize will actually be split between two separate tournaments, a solos competition and a duos competition, meaning that for a single tournament The International still holds the record regardless of 2019’s eventual pool.

The first-place prize in The International also dwarfs that of the Fortnite World Cup, with 2018 winners OG awarded 44% of the total pool, an enormous $11,234,158 compared to the World Cup’s $3 million, although the International’s prize is split between more players and therefore may offer less per person than victory in the Fortnite World Cup’s solo tournament will.

It seems DotA fans aren’t happy to let the Fortnite World Cup lead by any possible metric, however, as the prize pool for this year’s International is currently smashing the pace set by 2018’s crowdfunding efforts.

DotA 2 Prize Pool TrackerA comparison of The International prize pools, as of June 28.

At the time of writing, the total prize pool for The International 2019 sits at $23,001,400. For comparison, at the same point in the process for 2018, the prize pool was nearly $5 million less at around $18 million.

The prize pool will also continue to build right up until the conclusion of the event, meaning the DotA 2 community is only around half way through the time they have to keep adding to the pot.

While trends from previous years suggest the growth should slow down significantly from here on out, it certainly looks like The International 2019 will not only top its previous record once again, but do so by an enormous amount.

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

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney

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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
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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.