The 2017 Dota 2 International is right around the corner, and the prize pool is the biggest it’s ever been. It’s also the biggest cash-pot in esports history.
At time of reporting, the prize pool currently sits at $20,802,679 USD – which is $30,000 USD more than last year’s total. Fans contribute to that through the purchase of a Battle Pass, which grants access to unique cosmetic items and other bonuses. Players can level up their Battle Pass and gain more items through playing the game, or through real-money purchases.
25-percent of proceeds from Battle Pass purchases go towards the prize pool, meaning Valve has actually generated around $80 million USD.
There’s still one month left for that total to increase. The International runs from August 7 to 12 at Seattle’s KeyArena. Some of the best teams from around the world will compete for the cash prize.
To put this value in context, GameSpot collected some data. The 2017 Masters golf tournament had an $11 million USD prize pool, while the FIFA World Cup in 2018 is set to have $700 million USD. For videogames, the Rocket League Championship Series gave out $300,000 USD, while the Halo 5 World Championship gave out $1 million USD.
You can track the size of the prize pool here.