One of the biggest esports tournaments of the year is finally starting as we move closer to DOTA 2’s The International 8. The monumental event will draw hundreds of thousands of viewers and could surpass the one million viewer mark.
TI8 continued the tradition of record breaking tournaments of the biggest prize pool at an esport event. Thanks to crowdfunding from dedicated DOTA players, the TI8 prize pool once again broke the record; currently at $ 24.8million (£ 19.5million).
The colossal sum could rise further, moving away from last year’s record of $ 24.7million (£ 19.3million) set by TI7.
DOTA 2 International 8 has the biggest ever prize pool for an esports event at $ 24.8 million
Of this gigantic pool of money, only $ 1.6million (£ 1.2million) is contributed by the game’s publishers, Valve. The rest is collected by players who purchase specific in-game items, participating in the Battle Pass.
Purchasing the pass and its various levels unlocks exclusive in-game content and rewards for players. Then, 25% of the proceeds from the pass go directly to the international prize pool of the year. This year he raised over $ 23million (£ 18million) for the prize pool, telling you everything you need to know about the pass’s popularity.
Last year Team Liquid reaped the rewards, which won the Aegis of Champions, taking a staggering $ 10.8million (£ 8.4million) between the six, making the team the biggest income from esports.
Their German player Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Takhasomi is the highest paid player in the world with an incredible career total of $ 3.7million (£ 2.9million) in earnings from his illustrious career now spanning more than 10 years.
And yet the team’s record will at least be broken as this year’s winners take home at least $ 10.9million (£ 8.5million) between the two of them. TL could still keep their record as they will be competing again this year, hoping to reclaim their crown.
Team Liquid won the DOTA tournament last year, making $ 10.8 million between them
However, no team has ever won the tournament in consecutive years. In fact, no team has ever won it twice. This could be the year of change as the International 2018 will be different from previous years.
This year’s tournament is being played at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. This is the first time the event has taken place outside of Seattle, Valve’s home state, since TI2 in 2012, and the first time the event has been held outside the United States.