Dota 2’s The International prize pool hits $33 million

Dota 2 The International trophy at TI9

The prize pool for The International 10 has surpassed $33 million and remains on the rise. After having a set prize pool for the first two years of its existence, the tournament shifted to crowd funding in its third year and has seen the prize pool rise year on year.

As of today, the prize money stands at $33,488,271, which is still slightly below last year’s record breaking total of $34,330,068. However, at this stage last year, the prize pool was on $31 million, suggesting that this year’s will be yet another record breaking pool for the winners as the cash continues to pour in.

The Dota 2 tournament was due to take place this month, as has happened every other year, but has since been pushed back to 2021 because of the pandemic. Valve are yet to confirm concrete dates for the rearranged tournament, but with the money still coming it, TI 10 looks set to have the biggest prize pool ever.

Each year, the prize money starts at $1.6 million; this was the total prize money for the first two years and remains the contribution from the tournament itself. This received a modest doubling to almost $3 million in the first year, before leaping up to $10 million in the fourth and $18 million in the fifth. Since then, it has climbed steadily to reach the $34 million of last year.

In a normal year, TI looked set to add another small slice to the reward, likely ending between $35 million and $40 million. However, with the prize pool continuing to increase despite the delay, TI 10 could essentially be a rollover year, with the prize pool capable of doubling what it is now to break $60 million, a total which surely would not be beaten for a long time.

This year’s fundraising already got off to a record start, clearing $8 million in 24 hours and $20 million in a month.

In the previous two years, OG has taken home the crown – and the prize money – and they will be surely looking forward to trying for a hattrick whenever TI 10 actually launches.