Dota 2 Tournament TI10 Sets New Prize Pool Records By Surpassing $34M
The International 10 (TI10) has blitzed past the $34 million prize pool record originally held by its predecessor with the aid of Valve player crowdfunding. This makes the TI10 the highest-paying individual tournament in Dota 2 and the most rewarding pool in the annals of individual e-sports tournaments.
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The details below show that Dota 2 International tournaments continue to dominate the prize pool yearly, the only challenge to their dominance being Fortnite. This is great for individuals as well as the totality of the e-sports industry because this provides a glimpse into the potential of e-sports games to break into mainstream entertainment in comparison with traditional sports.
List of top ten e-sports tournaments with the highest overall prize pools:
Dota 2 Tournament Prize Pool
The International 10 $34.3 million (and rising)
The International 9 $34.3 million
Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 $30.4 million
The International 8 $25.2 million
The International 7 $24.6 million
The International 6 $20.4 million
The International 5 $18.4 million
The International 4 $10.9 million
League of Legends World Championship $6.4 million
League of Legends World Championship $5 million
Impact of Battle Pass Player Crowdfunding
With Valve providing the starting sum of $1.6 million, the bulk of the prize totalling the sum of $32.7 million was amassed through micro-transactions from the player base. Ginx.tv states that 25% of all purchases associated with The International Battle Pass contributed tremendously to the steady growth of the huge prize pool.
In their elation at TI10 prize pool becoming the biggest in the annals of e-sports and in a bid to appreciate contributors, Valve is offering 10,000 Battle Points to owners of Battle Pass, a value which equates to 10 levels. You should be pleased if you have a Battle Pass and have contributed to the prize pool this year because Valve is surely giving you something in return.
No Precise Dates Set For TI10
It was initially announced that TI10 would be put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic and there have been no definitive words as to when the TI10 is likely to commence. A recent tweet from Valve stated that they “can’t yet commit to new dates for TI10 and the DPC” due to uncertainties caused by the pandemic.
Due to the fact that the International Battle Pass is still available for purchase until the 19th of September, most people expect the TI10 prize pool to keep increasing even as we all wait for word on an updated calendar.