The International 2019 – the biggest prize pool in Dota 2 historyPosted on: Jul 03, 2019 By smartlaunch in News and trends,
TI9 has already gained the biggest prize pool in Dota 2 history with eight weeks remaining before the event kicks off. The crowd-funded prize pool for the tournament, which begins its main event on August 20th, is sitting at USD 25,6 million with over 50 days still to go.
Last year, The International 2018 had a total prize pool of USD 25,5M, and the year before that, in 2017, the total prize pool was USD 24,6M.
TI9 is on course to break the USD 30M offered by Epic Games’ Fortnite World Cup and become the biggest prize pool in esports history for a single event.
The reason why the T19 boost of funding is pulling so far ahead may be that a weekend bundle was offered during the Steam Summer Sale which made around USD 120 worth of items available for USD 29,99. Not only that, but Valve allowed people to purchase the bundle twice rather than the intended once. As a result of this misstep, Valve allowed people to buy the bundle a second time for 24 hours after the fix was enabled and resulted in a huge jump in the prize pool.
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