Dota is by far one of the biggest stories to have dominated the esports scene in the last 2 decades and in 2019, it aims to continue that legacy.
Dota 2 TI9 has accumulated a total prize pool of $33 Million USD and the 1st prize winners, the grand prize of The international, is already at $15 Million USD. That means in the winning team, each player will get over $3 Million in prize money alone. That beats Fortnite’s recent $3 Million USD that was won by Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf.
This information was pointed out by Wykrhm Reddy, a well known insider for Dota related information.
The Grand Prize of The International 2019 now stands at over $15 Million USD. Five players will earn more than $3 Million USD EACH making it the largest payout ever for a single player in the history of esports. #TI9 pic.twitter.com/0j9yylD4qj— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) August 14, 2019
Valve’s unique process of selling compendium’s and using part of the profit to grow the prize pool allows for such huge amounts of cash in a single esports tournament. Which means by the time the tournament is won by any single team, the prize money will increase, albeit not by a whole lot, but it will continue to grow. It is surprising that other esport games do not employ the same process even after 9 years of success under Dota 2’s banner.
Will you be watching The International this year? Whom will you be cheering for to win the biggest prize money in esports history and become the TI9 Winners?