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Dota 2’s The International 10 sets new prize pool record for esports

Published: 26/Aug/2020 23:08 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 23:21

by Alan Bernal

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The International 10 has set a new bar for the biggest prize pool in esports history, again, even as the Dota 2 Major’s still has a way to go before completing it’s final tally.

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. Traditionally, Valve contributes a baseline of $1,600,000 to the pot while Battle Pass (BP) purchases contribute 25% of the total pool with other in-game item sales also counted.

In years past, this has routinely created scenarios in which even teams that bow out of the tournament early get a hefty amount of winnings for their trip to the Major.

That trend will stay alive for the International 10, with the pot eclipsing the last benchmark of $33,330,068 as even more of the Dota 2 faithful are contributing an enormous amount for the future event.

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The TI10 has the single most largest prize pool in esports history.

As of August 26, the International 10’s prize pool is at a staggering $34,392,282 – with $32,782,169 coming via contributions from the Dota 2 Battle Pass, according to data from the Dota 2 prize tracker.

What’s most impressive is the time in which players in 2020 got the prize pool to its current mark. In 2019, the International reached its $34.3 mil prize pool in about 110 days before the event’s festivities got underway.

This time, the fundraising outpaced every metric from past samples that ultimately led to where it is now: The International 10 got to the record-breaking number in only 93 days.

Even from the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, the Dota 2 fanbase jumped on the prospect of the new season of content. In the first day of sales, the contribution form BP sales outdid any of the previous iterations with $6.5 million compared to the prior year, that came the closest, of $5.8 million.

The prize pool tracker for Dota 2 International 10
Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool outpaced every Battle Pass before it to reach its highest point ever.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 10 – $34,392,282 (and counting)
  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

There are questions of how crowdfunding for The International will progress from here since the major has been postponed due to the current global health crisis.

While TI10 has already established itself in the record books, there is uncertainty from Valve with how the tournament will be structured in terms of its Battle Pass and crowdfunding effort.

What is known is that whenever it’s safely able to resume, the winning organization will be handsomely rewarded the lion’s share of the $34,392,282 (and counting) prize pool.

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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.