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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


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.

the valve international 10 prize pool
Wykrhm Reddy Twitter
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.


Dota 2’s Newbee banned from all Valve events after match-fixing scandal

Published: 3/Jan/2021 11:04

by Joe Craven


Chinese esports organization Newbee, and its entire Dota 2 roster, have been permanently banned from all Valve competitions, following a match-fixing controversy from May 2020. 

Newbee is one of China’s better-known esports organizations, particularly when it comes to Dota 2. Established in 2014, the team has accumulated over $13,000,000 in total earnings – mostly in part thanks to Dota2’s TI.

Back in May, Newbee was plunged into one of the biggest controversies in Chinese esports history, after their entire roster was implicated in a match-fixing scandal.

The team, consisting of Xu ‘Moogy’ Han, Yin ‘AQ’ Rui, Wen ‘Wizard’ Lipeng, Yan ‘Waixi’ Chao, and Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, was found to have been match-fixing in a number of competitions, including the China Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 and DPL-CDA Professional League Season 1. 

Moogy from Dota 2
Moogy is one of the Newbee roster implicated in the match-fixing scandal.

After the scandal came to light back in May 2020, the team was promptly banned from all events organized by ImbaTV, Mars Media, and CDA. They were also immediately disqualified from the aforementioned leagues in which the fixed matches took place.

Following the revelations and tournament bans, many fans were waiting for further bans, particularly from Valve sanctioned event, as well as Perfect World. Both came in early 2021, with the news being confirmed that the organization and all 5 players implicated have been permanently banned from Valve events. That includes The International, which Newbee won back in 2014.

Dota2 confirmed the bans on their official Weibo account. The following screenshot is a translation.

Dota2 on Weibo
Confirmation of the bans on Dota2’s Weibo account.

Dota 2 insider ‘Wykrhm Reddy’ also confirmed the news on January 3, stating that the reason is match-fixing.

The news did not come as a major surprise, but many fans were disappointed with the confirmation given the stardom of some players, particularly Faith and Moogy.

Following on from the controversy, Newbee parted company with AQ, Wizard and Waixi in August of 2020. None of them have officially found a new roster.

For the time being, Faith and Moogy remain on Newbee’s roster but, with indefinite bans pretty much across the board now, it looks like their time competing in Dota 2 is nigh on over.