Prize pool for Dota 2’s The International 10 sets a record in esports
First, a little background. As any Dota 2 player could tell you, the prize pool at the game’s most prestigious annual tournament is crowdfunded. This is achieved through sales of the Battle Pass. (Twenty-five percent of each Battle Pass sale goes into that pot, adding to a base pool of US$1.6 million.) At last year’s edition, that pool grew to US$34,330,068.
Well, according to the Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker, the total as of this writing sits at US$34,380,092.
This makes it the richest prize pool in Dota 2 history. Not only that, but according to Forbes, it’s also the biggest one in esports history. Mike Stubbs writes: “There is still a few weeks left on the crowdfunding drive, so you can expect that number to grow further, with it likely to surpass the $35 million mark before the end of the Battle Pass. The prize pool has been steadily growing over the past few weeks and there is no reason why that would stop now.”
Valve originally scheduled The International 10 to take place live in Stockholm, Sweden from August 18 to 23 of this year. At the end of April, however, the game publisher announced that it was postponing the tournament. (Because COVID-19 ruins everything.) It has yet to announce new dates. Based on this tweet from the Dota 2 Twitter account, it won’t be doing so anytime in the near future.
As Forbes points out, this indefinite postponement raises questions about The International 11 and its Battle Pass.
“Dota 2 fans expect a Battle Pass every summer for The International, but if TI10 does not happen before then there is a chance there may not be a battle pass next year or at least one that adds to the prize pool,” Stubbs notes.