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The International 2018 Breaks Record for Biggest Prize Pool in Esports History

Published: 20/Aug/2018 13:47 Updated: 20/Aug/2018 14:08

by Ross Deason


The Dota 2 community has pulled together yet again to give The International 2018 the biggest prize pool in the history of esports.

Currently sitting at over $24,800,000, TI8’s prize pool looks set to break the $25 million mark within the next few days.


The record for the biggest prize pool in any esports game was previously held by The International 2017, which boasted a staggering $24,687,919, and continues Dota 2’s run of breaking the record every year.



In fact, Dota 2 now holds the record for the top five biggest esports events with the 2016, 2015 and 2014 installments of the competition rounding out that list.

To put things into perspective, The International 2014 (the fifth biggest esports prize pool) featured a prize pool of just under $11 million and the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, which is in sixth place, had just over $5 million.

The International is Dota 2’s world championship and every year Valve sets up a compendium or battle pass that allows players and fans to contribute to the prize pool, with 25% of all sales going directly towards the total.


As of Monday, August 20, those purchases and in-game sales mean that this year’s winning team will secure themselves over $10,900,000.

Even more staggering is the fact that there are still a few more days of crowdfunding left to go, so breaking the $25 million mark seems to be almost guaranteed. You can keep up with the prize pool by looking at this tracker online.


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.