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The Prize Pool for Dota 2’s The International 8 Has Hit Another Massive Milestone After Just 12 Days

Published: 21/May/2018 13:40 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:56

by Ross Deason

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The Dota 2 community’s effort to break the prize pool record yet again for The International 8 (TI8) continues to see success after hitting an incredible total after just 12 days.

Every year Dota 2’s “The International” reaches staggering figures thanks to crowdfunding, making it the most lucrative tournament in all of esport.

The initial prize pool starts at $1,600,000 but a total of 25 percent of all Battle Pass, or compendium, sales are added to the total every year to help The International hit ridiculous figures.

In 2017 the total raised was $24,787,916 which is significantly more than the prize pools for a number of major sporting events, including The Open in Golf.

2018 looked like it was going to be another record breaking year when the total hit an incredible $5 million just 24 hours after the Battle Pass sales went live, and it hasn’t slowed down much ever since.

On May 20th the total ticked over the $10 million mark for the first time after just 12 days, meaning that it is still on track for beating the 2017 total with 97 days still remaining for Battle Pass purchases.

The Battle Pass gives players access to a number of TI8 features created by Valve specifically for the event and includes cosmetics, exclusive game modes, and much more.

This year’s biggest draw seems to the Mutation Mode which is a unique matchmaking queue which is different every time thanks to a variety of modifiers ranging from a random spell being cast on everyone, every minute, to friendly fire where all spells and abilities also hit teammates.

With so many days left for more features to be added to the Battle Pass, and with the way things are already going, 2018 looks set to be yet another record breaking year for the Dota 2 comunity and Valve.

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DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney

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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
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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.