‘Dota 2’: ‘The International 10’ prize pool breaches $30M mark


Dota 2 is all set to break its previous prize pool record. The International 10 has surpassed the US$30 million [AU$42 million] mark.

The annual Dota 2 tournament is the record holder for the largest eSports prize pool. It seems like The International 10 (TI10) is going to surpass the previous record.

Fans of the game contribute to the prize pool via the game’s battle pass. Proceeds of the battle pass go to the prize pool. This means that the tournament prize is growing larger each day.

Dota 2 Immortal Treasure II set sparked the growth

In comparison to The International 9, TI10 is already $3.6million larger. This is within the same time frame that the TI9 battle pass has been released.

The recent surge of the increase was attributed to the Immortal Treasure II launch.

Dota 2 battle pass works by allowing players to obtain sets as they level up. However, that is not the only way to level up. Players may buy levels for a chance to unlock sets.

But, this is where Valve makes its profit. The treasure chests are a loot box system. There is no guarantee that a rare item is included in a treasure chest.

What do players do to increase the chance? Buy more levels. This is the main reason why the prize pool grows each year.

The Immortal Treasure II set contains legendary items for popular heroes. It is one of the reasons why players are willing to spend a lot of money to unlock the sets.

Immortal Treasure II contents

These treasure sets contain a lot of in-game skins for several heroes. Here is the complete list.

Common Skins

  • Sven
  • Magnus
  • Slardar
  • Troll Warlord
  • Witch Doctor
  • Silencer

Rare Skins

  • Jakiro – the new skin alters their wings with particles surrounding them. These particles reflect the elements of fire and ice.
  • Witch Doctor – recolored version of common skins
  • Slardar – recolored version of common skins

Ultra Rare Skins

  • Ursa – this skin adds a particle effect to the hero. It also adds a cute little cub riding on its shoulders

One thing that makes these skins desirable is they are untradeable. These skins remain exclusive to battle pass owners until the next The International.

The International 10 will surpass previous prize pool soon

The Dota 2 community is not showing signs that it will stop soon. The current trend is showing a great sign for Valve and the community.

If the current trend continues, The International 10 will break the record once again. It is currently in the 2nd place as it overtook the Fortnite World Cup.

There is more time for Valve to release more Immortal Treasure. The company has decided to postpone the tournament at a later date. It will be held in 2021 instead.

However, it is still uncertain if the battle pass will continue until 2021, or it will stop once the prize pool breaks the record.

There are two sides to this scenario. If the battle pass continues, it may reach the $50 million mark considering how huge the game is.

But, there is a downside to it. It may break the prize pool record soon. It also means that it might be the long-standing record holder after.

The International 11 prize pool may have a difficult time catching up if the TI10 prize pool continues to grow.

However, if Valve decides that the battle pass will be at a certain point only, then the prize pool record by TI11 will be easier to beat.

Either situation is a good one for Valve and the Dota 2 competitors, though. The higher the prize pool, then the more money is divided to the winners. Valve will also earn a lot more from this.

Images (1) (2) & (3) courtesy of Dota 2 Battle Pass

Aim Orallo

Aim is a sports leader for Decathlon Philippines. He has great knowledge of marketing, sales, and management and previously worked as a sports multimedia journalist for a huge sports team in the Philippines. He currently writes about the latest news in gaming and technology for Micky.

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