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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.


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.