Dota 2's TI9 prize pool smashes $30m to make esports history

The prize pool for Dota 2's The International 2019 has smashed through the $30m barrier and will be "the largest for any single tournament in esports history".

The prizepool at Dota 2's flagship event is largely dependent on sales of the annual Battle Pass, with publishers Valve donating 25% of sales to the tournament prize pool.


The previous record was set for TI8 in 2018, which was $23,932,177. Before that, the previous biggest prize pool was TI7's $23,187,916.

TI9 will be held in Shanghai from August 15, meaning there is still more than three weeks to go for the TI9 prize pool to swell further still.

So, how much will the TI9 prize pool be? It's anyone's guess but the next milestone is $35m and it would be no great surprise to see it reached.

It's clearly great news for the teams and players who will be at TI9 as they not only have the chance to cement their place in Dota 2 history but also make themselves very wealthy in the process.

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