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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


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.


Exclusive: Dota 2 legends OG bring Asian bookmakers Fun88 into esports

Published: 17/Nov/2020 7:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 14:15

by Adam Fitch


Fun88, the Asian bookmakers who sponsor football club Newcastle United, have entered esports through a deal with OG.

The two-time champions of The International, the best-paying tournament series in esports, have signed a multi-year partnership with the betting company.

The partnership will see Fun88 work with the organization to “bring fans closer to the Dota 2 action” through community interactions and “pre-play, real-time, and post-match insights.”

The bookmakers will also have their logo shown on the shoulder of jerseys worn by the legendary Dota 2 players.

OG N0tail The International 2019
OG are the defending The International champions.

OG’s well-known roster includes Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundsteni, Martin ‘Saksa’ Sazdov, Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng.

They are the current defending world champions having won The International in both 2018 and 2019, with this year’s iteration of the tournament being delayed due to the global health situation.

“OG Esports’ legacy and story in Dota is one of the most legendary stories in esports and, because of this, we have been able to break into the mainstream and our story has been documented in many mediums — articles, magazines, and several documentaries,” JMR Luna, CEO of OG, told Dexerto. “Following this trajectory, OG has become the breach for new non-endemic companies that want to break into this space.”

“Fun88 have a great track record and have really invested in traditional sports, this is the next step for them as they recognize that some of the biggest competitions in the world right now are happening behind screens,” he continued. “This is a great moment for esports because we’re welcoming a new massive brand into our ecosystem which ultimately benefits everyone. We’ve worked really hard to make this happen and we’re happy we can finally announce it.”

Outside of esports, Fun88 have worked with late basketball icon Kobe Bryant and football club Tottenham Hotspur. In July 2020, they extended their sponsorship deal with Newcastle United for an undisclosed period of time.

Betting sponsors may not be new in esports, but this is the first rodeo for Fun88.