Valve and Dota 2 have shattered their own world record for the highest prize pool at an esports event after The International 2018’s purse rose to a shade under $25 million this weekend.
It is worth noting that this figure is set to rise even further throughout the main event which begins on Monday 20 August.
The International’s inaugural event in 2011 boasted a prize pool of ‘just’ $1.8 million, which it maintained for the 2012 edition.
However, in 2013 everything changed when Valve introduced an in-game system known as the Compendium, which the public could buy for $10 and offered rewards for completing tasks in-game. Twenty-five percent of that money is added to the prize pool. That’s where things started to get crazy.
The purse that year rose to $2.8 million, in 2014 it was $10.9 million, $18.4 million in 2015, $20.7 million in 2016 and a world record 24.7 million last year.
As mentioned, they have once again broken that record this time around with the figure already sitting at $24.8 million and counting.
The breakdown, as it currently stands, would see the winning team sharing just shy of $10.9 million between their five players.
It is also worth noting that while this is the highest paid single event in the world of esports, Dota 2 isn’t even close to offering the most prize money over a calendar season.
For example, while Dota 2 and Valve paid out a total of just under $40 million for all of it’s events in 2017 (including The International’s purse), Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, will be paying out $100 million in all of their events in the 2018/19 season.
And that’s just two of many major esports around at the moment. There is a lot of money in gaming these days.