DOTA 2’s The International 10 sets new record

DOTA 2’s The International 10 sets new record

Big news for the DOTA 2 admirers! The International 10, one of the biggest eSports tournaments in the world has hit a record-breaking number and broke its record, and become the most profitable sports event all over the world. The vent set the new record in the prize pool at an unbelievable $40 million.

That prize pool came despite the big contradiction around the battle pass among Dota 2 fans. But this year is a highlight of Dota 2 and this record is not something unexpected. Although the $40 million prize pool mark is for the first time in the history of eSports, according to the game’s official website, the previous record was also set by Dota 2. Back in August this year, the International 9 world tournament hit a $34 million prize pool and broke the record. After that Valve Corporation, which is an American video game development company, released the Windranger Arcana and Immortal Treasure III and gave the Battle Pass a second extension. Taking these steps was important because as a result of the sales during the last month greatly increased.

Why is Dota 2 so popular?

Dota 2 is one of the most popular games in the world of eSports. It’s an online multiplayer game in the MOBA genre, developed by Valve Corporation. It’s the largest eSports game and since its launch in 2011, it has been an uncompetitive leader in the global eSports industry, along with League of Legends. The game can be downloaded from Steam and it’s the most played one on the platform. Dota players aim to destroy the main enemy called the Ancient whose base is protected by several towers on three separate lanes. What makes it special is that it’s a multiplayer game, meaning that the players are divided into two different teams consisting of five players. During the game, they earn experience points and buy different items to increase the strength of their Heroes.

Dota 2 streams are quite popular as well, particularly in Russia. Thanks to its presence on Russian streaming websites, Dota 2 betting is one of the most attractive activities for eSports fans in the country as well. There are so many esports betting opportunities offering top bets on Dota 2 on the internet because of this widespread acceptance. Because of the popularity of the game, both classic sports and specialized bookmakers usually accept bets on Dota 2 and the process is pretty convenient for eSports players as you can place bets using either real money, play money, or in-game items.

One of the reasons for Dota 2’s popularity is its use of Valve-Steam among PC players and their great reputation on the global eSports market. But also, it’s about the game itself, it’s content and convenience, as everyone has access to each hero for gree and all you need to play this game is internet access and a powerful computer.

Tournaments and prize pool

The International, annual tournament of Dota 2 is held by Valve, the game’s developer company. It’s an amazing sports event where the leading players compete for a great crowdfunded prize pool. Each year there are 3 major tournaments in different regions and there are several other tournaments apart from the ones sponsored by Valve. Among them are ASUS ROG DreamLEague, The Summit, ESL One events, and others. You can bet on hundreds of competitive matches each month but The International is considered as the best one among them, and it’s not a surprise regarding its new prize pool. Dota 2 tournament, in general, has the largest prize pools in the world and the company rewards its players for watching certain games with in-game content, regardless of their level.

As Forbes reported, due to the coronavirus pandemic, The international 10 has been postponed into 2021 with no exact date of return. PLayers hoped that Dota Pro Circuit would return this autumn but as the pandemic continues, it’s not yet possible. Postponement led to a total of 136 days and the record was set on Friday, October 9th, on the final day of the tournament contributions. To be exact, 15 minutes before the end of the Battle Pss, the prize pool exceeded 40 million USD and set a new record in the entire history.

The International 10 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden but still, there hasn’t been announced the confirmed date for this big eSports event. This year the community contributed more than $38 million, in addition to Valve’s annual $1.6 million bases which has been put up since 2011. But since 2013 it’s not only the company itself, but the fans have also been contributing through purchases of Dota 2, where 25% of the cost is sent to the International prize pool directly.

Now the 2020 prize pool has taken the first spot, but so far the top five prize pools in eSports history have been 2015-2019 TI events in descending order. Overall, it took an additional 36 days to reach $40 million and if it would have ended on day 110, it probably wouldn’t hit the new record. But now Dota 2 holds the top six spots on the list for the greatest eSports prize pools of all time which hasn’t been changed for the last seven years.

The fate of this $40 million

People involved in eSports all over the world wait with great interest to see how Valve will use this prize pool since this year’s annual tournament and Dota Pro Circuit were postponed with no available details about the date of release. It means that nobody’s sure how the company spends this $40 million. Maybe they will use this money to fund other competitions since it’s highly unlikely that the INternational 10 will be held this year based on COVID-19 predictions. But many people think that the company will simply pocket the money. For this moment, nobody can control their actions and the fate of the money is still unknown.

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