The International rakes the highest prize pool among all esports tournaments. Sadly, this year DOTA2’s TI10 has been postponed. The prize pool, however, is climbing beyond $30 million.
Based on current trends, TI10 will probably carry the highest prize pool in the history of Esports. Currently, it is in 2nd place, only behind TI9, which had a whopping $34.3 million prize reward. The prize pool is growing everyday day since it released merely 2 months ago on May 25th.
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DOTA2’s crowdfunded International
Valve’s prestigious DOTA2 International is the most lucrative tournament in the Esports ecosystem. One of the biggest reasons for its success is the crowd-funded nature of the tournament.
Since 20% of the in-game battle pass will go directly to the prize pool of TI10, the reward keeps increasing every day. When this piece was written, the prize pool is exactly $30,062,381. This year’s prize pool started at a sparse $1.2 million less than 65 days ago. Compared to TI8, there is a massive $10 million increase.
So, it only a matter of time before TI10 creates history yet again by eclipsing TI9.
Excessive Battle Pass sales
The incredible number of cosmetics and new skins in this year’s battle pass is the reason this year’s prize pool is sky-rocketing.
Some of the most exciting features in DOTA2 history is available with this year’s battle pass. The pick of them being the female Anti-mage and arcana for Pudge, Queen of Pain and Wraith King.
Fans are still eagerly awaiting the Windranger arcana hasn’t been released by Valve yet.
Because of its incredible success in boosting the prize pool, Valve extended the in-game battle pass level bundles that give players 120 levels for the TI10 battle pass. This was done after it raked up just over $8 million.