The International 2019, the biggest event in Dota 2 esports, has now officially become the tournament with the largest prize pool in esports history, with a month left before crowdfunding ends.
The prize pool of the event is sitting at $30,192,119. This figure is 29.29% more than the total raised for The International 2018 at $21.8171 million. The Dota 2 Battle Pass, Steam Summer Sale and Volume II of the special Collector’s Cache have been notable events that helped fund the prize pool.
Starting in 2011, the Valve Corporation produced the first International tournament, inviting a variety of different teams around the world to play for an unprecedented prize pool of $1 million dollars. Every annual iteration of the International would go on to surpass last year’s prize pool significantly.
During the 2013 iteration of the International tournament would see a significant rise in the winnings when Valve offered a special Interactive Compendium that players could purchase. A 25% cut of that was spent towards buying the compendium was crowdfunded into the main prize pool, adding up from 2012’s pool of $1.6 million to over $2.8 million.
This crowdfunding technique allowed the International to skyrocket in notoriety for all esports for such a high reward for winning. Along with quality production, high-class gameplay, and invested storylines among the teams, the tournament never fails to reach a fever pitch in the gaming community.
The International 2019, will be held in China for the first time in the event’s history, being held in Shanghai at the Mercedez Benz Arena from August 15th to the 25th, with 18 teams appearing to fight for the biggest prize in esports history.
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