The International 9 Breaks Record With $30M Prize Pool
Posted 22nd July 2019 By: Derpina    276 Views
Esports News – There’s still a month to go before The International 9 takes off, but it already secured its claim on the single largest prize pool for any tournament in esports history. The tournament surpassed Fortnite World Cup’s $30 million prize pool and will continue to grow for the following months.
To be exact, the current prize goes beyond the $30.1 million mark. According to the Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker, the base prize pool of $1,600,000 received a 1782.59% percentage increase, thanks to the support and contributions of fans and players around the world.
This new record is another achievement for Valve since the prize pool is well beyond the $25,532,177 seen in The International 2018. The 2019 installment of The International is $5 million ahead of last year’s record-breaking digits, and beats Fortnite’s record of $30 million this year.
In the case of Fortnite, however, its prize pool was put up entirely by Epic Games and will be divided across solo and duo competitions. Valve, meanwhile, contributed the base prize pool only. Regardless, The International 9 currently holds the record for the single largest prize pool in the history of esports.
The prize pool centers around crowdfunding. Fans and players contribute to the pot through the Battle Pass, a type of in-game monetization that offers new rewards to players when they unlock levels, acquire points, and participate in in-game activities. They are, of course, require to purchase some items and other virtual services.
Aside from the Battle Pass, Valve also opened the Summer Sale, a promotional event where players can buy up to two in-game levels and multiple hero cosmetics at a discounted price. This is where Valve released the special cosmetic item for Invoker, which features a kid version of the hero.
With these promos, it took Dota 2 fans over 105 days to raise enough money for the tournament. They were able to hit $30 million in just over 74 days. At press time, TI9 has 35 days left before the Battle Pass closes. Valve is expected to release the highly-anticipated Immortals Treasure III to once again boost the crowdfunding efforts, so be ready for more legendary cosmetics and in-game activities.