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TI9 sets incredible new record for Dota 2 Twitch viewership

Published: 26/Aug/2019 10:47 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:08

by Kamil Malinowski


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The International 2019 has become Dota 2’s biggest event ever, crushing both viewer numbers and prize pool of any other event.

The International is an annual Dota 2 tournament where 18 of the best teams in the world battle for one of the biggest prize pools in esports, and the honor of lifting the Aegis of Champions.

It is widely considered to be one of the biggest events in all of esports, and this year’s prize pool managed to eclipse even the famous Fortnite World Cup $30 million prize pool.

ValveThe International is widely considered to be one of the biggest events in esports.

Several records were broken at TI9, the biggest of which was becoming the highest paying esports tournament in history, with a grand prize of $34.3 million. Other Dota 2-specific records were also broken, such as a first-ever repeat and back to back champions in TI history, and the Dota 2 viewership record.

Champions OG shocked fans around the world with a dominant TI9 victory, dropping only three games at the main event, and displaying some of the most creative Dota ever seen with things like their carry Io leaving teams scrambling for answers.

ValveOG were able to convincingly take the Ageis of Champions at TI9.

The champions’ creative gameplay drew in the biggest crowd in Dota history, with Esports charts confirming that 1.96 million people tuned in for the grand final, crushing the previous record of 1.21 million which was set at TI8. Of those viewers, over 1 million watched on Twitch, smashing Dota 2’s previous record of 735,000.

This number only includes viewers from outside of China, as accurate stats from the Asian country are difficult to obtain. However, with Dota 2 being one of the biggest games in the country, and the event having been hosted in Shanghai, there’s no doubt it was incredibly popular there as well.

Although TI9 was the most popular Dota 2 event yet, it falls short of the viewership record for esports events, with the Fortnite World Cup finals setting a record of 2.33 million viewers, meanwhile the League of Legends World Championships also have TI9 beat, with a peak of 2.05 million viewers at the event in 2018.


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.