Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

The DOTA 2 global 2017 Prize Pool Surpasses Last Year's Record

The DOTA 2 global 2017 Prize Pool Surpasses Last Year's Record

Valve's DotA 2 worldwide competition has once again broken the record for the largest Esport prize pool in history, breaking last year's numbers by a significant margin several weeks ahead of the big world championship matchups.

At the time of publication, the prize pool was at $20.8m, but with a month of crowdfunding still to go, the total will no doubt rise even further. This year's is now at $20,784,066, and it's still going.

Eighteen teams take part in The International, which takes place at Seattle's KeyArena from 7th to 12th August. It's also the biggest cash-pot in esports history.

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When the 2016 International's prize pool was broken down, it meant prizes of $2.1 million and $3.4 million for third place team Evil Geniuses and runners-up Digital Chaos respectively.

25-percent of proceeds from Battle Pass purchases go towards the prize pool, meaning Valve has actually generated around $80 million Dollars. With a percentage of the proceeds from Battle Pass sales going towards the number, this year is already on track to surpass last year's record.

Battle Passes, a purchasable item which grants the owner with new quests, achievements, and earnable rewards, give 25% of revenue from each sale to the prize pool for The International. Which includes the first to Acts of the DOTA 2 multiplayer campaign Slitbreaker.

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