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The Prize Pool for Dota 2’s The International 8 Has Hit a Staggering Total After Just 24 Hours

Published: 9/May/2018 16:15 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 15:25

by Ross Deason


The Dota 2 community appears to be on track to break the prize pool total of The International 8 yet again after hitting an incredible total in less than 24 hours.

Every year one esport tournament stands head and shoulders above all others in terms of the prize money that it pays out as Dota 2’s “The International” reaches staggering figures thanks to crowdfunding.

The initial prize pool starts at $1,600,000 but that quickly rises as a percentage of all Battle Pass and Compendium sales are added to the total to make The International the most heavily crowdfunded event in all of esports.

In 2017 Dota 2 fans helped the total to reach almost $24,787,916. To put that into perspective, that’s significantly more than the prize pools for a number of major sporting events, including The Open in Golf.

2018 looks set to be another record breaking year, despite some community members expressing concerns about the game’s popularity falling, as The International 8’s prize pool has already broken $5,000,000 after less than 24 hours of crodfunding.

This is the fastest that the total has ever hit the $5 million mark and veteran esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau has stated that, at this rate, Dota 2 will have awarded more prize money than CS:GO, Call of Duty, League of Legends, Overwatch, StarCraft, Smash, and Street Fighter combined by the end of 2018.

Of course there’s a lot of time left until the final figure will be confirmed, and at least another $20 million before the record is broken again, but the outlook is certainly a promising one for anyone involved.

With the success of The International’s crowdfunding year in, year out, it almost beggars belief that Valve still haven’t considered doing a similar thing with their other major esports title, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


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.