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DOTA 2’s The International 2019 prize pool begins to build as Battle Pass now available

Published: 9/May/2019 12:08 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 11:55

by Joe O'Brien

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The Battle Pass for DOTA 2’s The International 2019 is now on sale, and with it the TI prize pool has begun to build.

Formerly known as the Compendium, the DOTA 2 International Battle Pass offers a range of features from a new game mode and challenges to complete to a host of new cosmetic rewards.

Players can level up their Battle Pass by taking part in the upcoming Wrath of the Mo’rokai custom game, completing challenges and achievements, and even using Wagering Tokens to earn extra Battle Points from regular games.

As always, 25% of the proceeds from the sale of Battle Passes, including any additional purchases related to the Battle Pass as players increase their levels, will go to the prize pool of The International, adding to the $1.6 million base that Valve themselves contribute.ValveThe International is renowned in esports for its enormous prize pools.

The International prize pool has become a point of pride in the DOTA community, who have so far succeeded in raising the bar every year to set a new record for the biggest prize pool given out by a single event in esports.

Currently, that bar stands at $25,532,177, which was given out at The International 2018, of which winners OG received $11,234,158.

The 2019 prize pool is already well on its way to topping that number, however, with the total pool standing at $8,033,907 at the time of writing, less than 48 hours after the release of the battle pass. For comparison, after the same period of time the 2018 pool stood at $6,184,703.

ValveOG won 2018’s International, taking home what is so far the largest single prize won in esports.

Those who want to keep an eye on the progress of the prize pool and how it compares to previous years can do so with the prize tracker. The prize will continue to build as players purchase Battle Passes through to the event itself, which takes place August 15-25.

With the enormous success of Fortnite, 2019 might be the first year that The International has a competitor as the biggest prize pool in esports, with the Fortnite World Cup offering a massive $30 million for its finals.

While an exact breakdown of the distribution has not been revealed yet, however, it is believed that prize pool will be split between two distinct tournaments, the Solos and Duos competitions. It is highly likely, therefore, that The International will remain the biggest prize for a single tournament.

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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.