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Dota 2 tournament organizer explains why esport’s future is in doubt

Published: 13/Sep/2019 3:00 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:38

by Isaac McIntyre


Dota 2 tournament organizer has shared their concerns about the tier 2 scene, blaming developers Valve for a lack of support for development pathways surrounding the game.

Drunk_Soldier, who is mainly responsible for the upcoming amateur event Underdogs League, said they were afraid for the state of competitive Dota in a post on Reddit on September 12.

According to the independent TO, Valve’s silence on lower levels of pro Dota left much to be desired, and without the developer’s support in founding a talent pathway to the top of the esports scene, the entire ecosystem is “unsustainable.”

“There is such a large roadblock for aspiring players to improve enough to get to pro these days due to there being so few opportunities to make a sustainable income … and no sense of community below the tier 1 scene, dwindling our esports numbers,” Drunk_Soldier said.

“The current state of amateur Dota tourneys and leagues is more grim than ever, with the suspension of NADCL, AD2L, and may other leagues. I can only think of a very, very small handful of other NA tournaments who still are trying to fight through the times.”

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The Underdogs League organizer revealed they will be $2,000 “out of pocket” to fund their own prize pool, mainly due to the unattractive nature of the competitions for sponsors.

All of this, the disgruntled TO said, was due to Valve ignoring the lower levels of the scene. “With no communication to or from Valve, it is so hard for tournaments to get started and continue with so much unknown.”

Felix Frank, DreamhackMidas Mode organizer SirActionSlacks had to deal with Valve recently regarding tournament dates.

Recently, Valve proved they don’t pay attention to community-hosted events. The developers slapped their first Pro Tour Circuit qualifiers right over one of the most popular tourneys, Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner’s twelve-team Midas Mode 2.0.

It was only after a raft of community outrage that Valve realized their scheduling mistake, and moved the qualifying games to October 5-10 to avoid crossing over with Midas Mode’s already announced September 24 to October 2 timeframe.

While the tier 2 and below scenes are struggling to survive under Valve’s reign, the top-level tournaments are thriving. The International 9, which saw OG become the first back-to-back champions recorded a new viewership record on Twitch due to soaring popularity.

Follow all the post-TI9 player movement madness in our Dota 2 Roster Shuffle tracker.


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.