The International 2020 has surpassed
$34 million in prize money, making it the largest
prize pool for a single event in esports history.
Fans of Dota 2 won’t be
surprised by this news.
Thanks to Valve’s crowdfunding model,
the five most lucrative esports tournaments
of all time are all Internationals.
Since 2013, the developer has released
a battle pass where players gain access to
special features and content with a buy-in.
A portion of the sales made from the battle
pass then get added to the prize pool.
The base prize pool for The International 10
(another name for The International 2020
since it’s the tenth tournament in the
series) began at $1.6 million.
As of August 2020, crowdfunding has
propelled the total to $34 million.
The International has typically been held
in the late summer, either in July or August.
However, TI10 has been
suspended indefinitely due
to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the meanwhile, TI10’s prize pool continues
to grow alongside the hopes of fans who
are eager to see their favorite teams
compete on the world stage