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ESL and Redeye Pay Tribute to TotalBiscuit at ESL One Birmingham

Published: 25/May/2018 18:06 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:59

by Mike Kent


The first major DOTA 2 event in the UK started off day three with a somber tone as the entire venue paid tribute to John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain.

The popular esports journalist, commentator and game critic was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, but despite the odds against him, he battled for almost four years until his death on Thursday, May 24th, aged 33.

TotalBiscuit had his fair share of critics across the esports and gaming world, but after learning of his passing, there was an air of sadness across social media as the news hit home to his friends, co-workers and fans.

As a former commentator for titles such as Starcraft II, TotalBiscuit had worked with ESL on a number of occasions, and in return they paid tribute to his service during ESL One Birmingham.

The $1,000,000 tournament is the first UK major Dota 2 event in history, with twelve of the best teams in the world competing in front of a large crowd at entertainment venue, Arena Birmingham.

On the morning of Friday, May 25th, host Paul ‘Redeye’ Chaloner spoke a few kind words about his friend, before conducting a minute of silence across the entire venue.

Redeye looked visibly upset when discussing the subject and he later confirmed on Twitter that he never wanted to announce such a thing ever again.

In order to try and stop that from happening, Redeye said on Twitter that he would be donating his fee from the event to cancer research.


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.