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DotA Caster Sheever’s Segment Spurs Tears During the International

Published: 23/Aug/2018 22:20 Updated: 24/Aug/2018 0:21

by Virginia Glaze


Jorien “Sheever” van der Heijden, best known for her casting work in DotA, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Her journey through the illness was broadcast in a twelve-minute segment that aired during The International, DotA’s largest competitive tournament, on August 22nd.


The segment documented Sheever’s story, from her initial diagnosis to her life following the news.

In a touching series of interviews, Sheever’s family and boyfriend detailed the impact of the cancer on their lives, and expressed their love and support for one of DotA’s most celebrated casters.


Sheever explained her diagnosis, as well, working through tears to describe the toll the illness takes on her everyday life.

“I don’t notice the whole situation anymore, obviously. My hair sucks, I’m more chubby than what I used to be. But that’s all fine. But the hot flashes, they just remind me every hour that I’m not healthy.”

In a panel following the segment, DotA caster David “Godz” Parker couldn’t help but show some emotion. He continued to host despite a flow of tears, working through the panel like a champ.

Godz posted a series of Tweets following the panel, explaining that his youngest sister’s experience with cancer had an effect on his reaction.

Godz - Twitter

Sheever documents her recovery on her Twitter account, giving updates and progress reports through her website. She continues to host and commentate for the game, despite her condition.

The DotA community’s support behind Sheever has been nothing short of inspiring. From care packages to supportive Tweets, Sheever has never been alone in her journey.


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.