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Dota 2’s The International 10 delayed until “likely” 2021

Published: 1/May/2020 1:13

by Andrew Amos

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Dota 2’s TI10, set to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in August, will be delayed until “likely” 2021, although no dates have been locked in as of yet.

Dota 2 fans will have to wait another few months for The International this year. The multi-million dollar tournament has been delayed indefinitely, although it’s “likely” the date will be pushed back into 2021.

The Battle Pass, alongside other rewards associated with the event, have also been postponed.

In an announcement on April 30, Valve noted that it was almost impossible to commit to their August date given the current global situation.

“We have been exploring various date possibilities, but it’s likely that the event will need to happen in 2021,” they said. “We don’t expect to have enough confidence to communicate firm dates in the near future.”

Alongside The International being delayed, items like the Battle Pass (formerly known as the Compendium) will also be released at a later date.

“With our team working from home and things taking longer to complete, the release date of the Battle Pass will be at least a couple of weeks later than usual.”

The International isn’t the only major Dota 2 tournament currently affected. The Dota Pro Circuit will be undergoing a restructure after all in-person events had been canceled. While some tournaments made the jump online, some had to be canceled entirely.

Valve has made a contingency plan for the Fall 2020 season ⁠— which was expected to be the first under the new regional leagues system ⁠— which will be revealed at a later date.

OG's JerAx lifts the Aegis after TI9 triumph
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TI9 was won by European squad OG, who pocketed $15 million.

The International 9, held in Shanghai, China, was won by European squad OG. The defending TI champions won over $15 million after they took down Team Liquid (now Nigma) 3-1 in the grand final.

TI10 was set to be held on August 18 to 23, with 18 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams taking part. It is the tournament’s first foray into Europe since 2011, after being held in North America for 7 years and Asia once since TI1.

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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.