Despite the rocky year we’ve been experiencing in 2020, it looks like it has done nothing to quench the thirst for cosmetics from Dota 2 fans worldwide. Earlier this afternoon, a tweet from a Valve employee announced, the prize pool for The International 10 (the annual Dota 2 tournament that all fans and players look forward to) has yet again surpassed the prize pool of the previous iteration (TI 2019).
A tradition that has taken place ever since the introduction of the Battle Pass in 2013 (back then it was called the Compendium), the prize pool for the International has not stopped increasing with each passing year. The Battle Pass gives players access to cosmetics, items, voice lines, sprays, challenges, and more to enhance their Dota 2 experience. From all purchases of the Battle Pass, related treasures and Battle Points, 25% of the proceeds will be contributed to the prize pool.
At the time of writing, TI 10’s prize pool sits at a whopping $34,343,651 – with 19 days to go until the end of the Battle Pass, and a few more rewards to be released, it’s still got room to grow.
TI 10 was postponed this year due to the pandemic – if it had taken place according to plan, the Grand Finals would have been on Monday – and nobody knows when it will be rescheduled to. Fortunately, a number of organizations in the scene have taken the initiative to host regional online-only tournaments that don’t require players to travel. Not as exciting when we don’t get to see teams from different regions duking it out, but it’s better than nothing.
No word on when we’ll be able to see our favourite Dota 2 players go head to head at international LAN events again, but we’re all looking forward to that day. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates on esports!