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Dota 2’s International 10 hits $25m prize pool after smashing record

Published: 3/Jul/2020 14:46

by Jacob Hale


The prize pool for Dota 2’s premier annual event, the International, has reached $25 million after a record-breaking period which saw the biggest one-day gain in TI history.

The International 10 does not currently have a scheduled date, after the ongoing global health pandemic forced Valve to postpone it from its original August 18-23 running dates.

That hasn’t stopped fans from doing what they can to make the next TI the biggest ever, as the staple event of the esport which breaks new prize pool records every year.

the international 2020 in stockholm sweden
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The International 2020 was due to be held in Stockholm, Sweden prior to its postponement.

TI9, which took place in August 2019, featured the biggest prize pool in esports history, narrowly beating the Fortnite World Cup just a few months earlier with $32m up for grabs (for comparison, the Fortnite World Cup was $30m.)

It has been a source of pride for Dota players to consistently have such a huge event, and they proved that on July 2 when they reached $25m after a record-breaking day.

Thanks largely in part to the extension of the Battle Pass level bundle, which was extended to end on July 2, the TI10 prize pool increased by a whopping $4m – the largest single-day gain in The International history.

The $4m increase actually came on day 30, in which the prize pool rocketed from little over $16m to a huge $20m according to the official TI10 prize pool tracker.

the international 10 prize pool growth
Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool looks set to break all kinds of records.

As you can tell from the graph, the current prize money available is far exceeding the point it has reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s spectacle, which stayed miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Should the trend continue as normal from here on out, we will likely see The International reach – and surpass – $35m or more by the time the event rolls around, smashing every record imaginable.


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

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


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
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.