The International is Dota’s biggest annual tournament, and for the sixth year in a row, Dota 2 has proven it wants to lead the world in eSports. Its record-breaking prize pool is not only the largest the world has seen, but makes prize pools like the one seen at the League Of Legends World Championship seem inadequate in comparison.
Coming in at a massive $20,777,742 (at the time of this writing), the Dota 2 International 2017 breaks it own record for the largest prize pool in eSports history, surpassing last years’ prize pool of $20,770,460. Not only has Dota 2 broken this record six years in a row, they have also had 9 out of 10 of the largest prize pools in eSports history, with only the League Of Legends World Championship coming close, ranking in at 5th place with $5 million.
Valve put up a base prize pool of $1.6 million this year, meaning the remaining $19.1 million has been raised by Dota 2 players. To encourage the development of the prize pool, Valve offered a sale on a cosmetic item that contributed to the prize pool. Taking home 75% of the proceeds, Valve will gain $57.3 million in profit against their $1.6 million investment. Furthermore, the prize pool will only continue to grow as we approach the start of the tournament on August 7th.