Another year, another prize pool record broken by Dota 2's The International. However, this year had a few hitches that may have helped beat the record set in 2019.
Dota 2 may not be the biggest esport in the world but it has the biggest prize pools for its pinnacle tournament of the year compared to all of the competition. It's not a small margin either as it beats competitors with millions if not tens of millions of US dollars each year.
Besides the tradition to leave the competitors' prize pools in the dust, The International tends to beat its own record year in, year out. The International 10 is no exception to this rule as the prize pool from 2019, which was $34,330,068, has been surpassed with more than three weeks to spare before the battle pass for TI10 wraps up.
The prize pool was sitting at $34,377,636 at the time of writing and the main contributor to its size, the players who buy the battle pass and ranks in it, still have until September 19 to put some more juice in.
However, had the situation been similar to that in 2019, TI10 would possibly end up with a smaller prize fund. Namely, The International 10 itself was postponed by Valve due to Coronavirus pandemic and the tournament still has no set date. This resulted in the battle pass lasting longer than usual, giving players more time to spend money on microtransactions.
Furthermore, the isolation forced by the pandemic caused the gaming industry to profit overall as it became one of the main pastimes all over the world, further increasing the players' spending.
It is hard to pinpoint just how much impact this one had on people spending money on the battle pass but it was certainly a profitable turn of events for TI10.