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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


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.


ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch


ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
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ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.