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The International 2019 prize pool is already over $10 million and growing fast

Published: 11/May/2019 23:55 Updated: 12/May/2019 0:07

by Alan Bernal


This year’s premier Dota 2 tournament, The International 2019, has already surpassed $10 million since Valve released the Battle Pass for the title on May 7, and is quickly growing.

The International is the biggest event of the year for Valve’s MOBA which consistently has one of the largest prize pools in all of esports by the time the tournament comes around.

In another record-breaking year, the International has raised a ludicrous amount of money with contributions from fans purchasing the 2019 Battle Pass.

Valve CorporationThis year’s tournament will be held in Shanghai, and could feature the biggest prize pool ever for the event.

Only four days after Valve released the content pass, the International has raked in $10,270,001 at the time of writing, about $2 million more than 2018 at the same point according to the Dota 2 Prize Tracker.

At this pace, it seems like The International 2019 might even pass last year’s staggering total of $25.5 million with a rise of contributions from the Dota 2 community.

With some of the biggest teams in the world like Team Secret, Vici Gaming, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid and more, there’s sure to be a ton of hype around the Major event to easily surpass last year’s mark.

How to contribute to The International 2019 prize pool?

Keeping the trend alive, Valve is taking 25% off each Battle Pass sale and directly adding it to the overall prize pool for this year’s Major tournament.

Fans can hop online to buy any of the tiered passes which include the Standard Battle Pass for $10 USD, a Level 50 Battle Pass for $30 USD, and finally the Level 100 Battle Pass that’ll set players back $45 USD.

Valve CorporationThe International 2019 will look to be another great entry in the event’s legendary history.

Meanwhile, Valve is also offering 24 Battle Pass Levels as a separate $10 USD purchase to help players along their road to completing everything the pass has to offer.

The prize pool for the International 2019 is quickly growing in size and, with plenty of time until the tournament’s August 18 start, it could even get as big as $30 million by the time the tournament rolls around.


Football club PSG extends successful Dota 2 partnership with LGD

Published: 1/Dec/2020 9:29 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 11:42

by Adam Fitch


French football club Paris Saint-Germain have renewed their partnership with Chinese esports organization LGD Gaming.

The renewal will see LGD’s team in popular MOBA title Dota 2 continue to compete under the banner of PSG.LGD.

Despite announcing the extended alliance, the length of the new deal has not been disclosed at the time of writing. The partnership was originally established in April 2018.

The two parties will continue working together to “promote the internationalization and commercial operation” of the team.

It didn’t take long for PSG.LGD to prove successful, winning the EPICENTER XL Major in May 2018.

PSG.LGD have also unveiled a new look that they will move forward with, changing their logo to reflect LGD’s new logo that was revealed in December 2019 and PSG changing “eSports” to “esports” in their own branding.

PSG.LGD proved to be a force in Dota 2 almost instantly, winning a Major tournament just one month after forming in 2018. They witnessed continued success as the year progressed, emerging victorious at the MDL Changsha Major in the same month and eventually placing second at that year’s The International — netting themselves over $4m in the latter.

In 2019 they continued to play well but couldn’t keep their winning streak alive, placing fourth at The Chongqing Major and MDL Disneyland Paris Major, third at ESL One Birmingham, and third at The International 9.

In 2020 they underwent drastic changes following a difficult year, especially considering the global health situation moving competition online. On September 16th, they unveiled an all-new roster which included loaning two players from domestic rivals EHOME.

PSG have a similar partnership in League of Legends, competing in the Pacific Championship Series — the home for competition in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia — as PSG.Talon. The football club partnered with Hong Kong-based organization Talon Esports in June 2020.