The TI9 prize pool continues to rise, fuelled by Battle Pass sales ahead of The International 2019 in Shanghai.
Update on July 21st 2019: TI9 prize pool passes $30m mark
As usual, Dota 2 creators Valve said it would commit 25% of Battle Pass sales to the TI9 prize pool. The 2019 Battle Pass was released on May 7th 2019 and set a record 24-hour sales figure, helping raise the prize pool to $7,419,288.
Valve added yet another incentive to buy the Battle Pass on Thursday, with the advance release of Dota Underlords - the company's official version of Auto Chess. Owning the TI9 Battle Pass allows users to play Dota Underlords now, ahead of release on Steam, iOS and Android.
What is the TI9 prize pool?
As of 5pm CEST on June 13th 2019, the TI9 prize pool had swelled to $18m. With The International 2019 due to start on August 15th, there's just over two months remaining for the prize pool to break the previous record, set for TI8 which was $23,932,177. The previous biggest prize pool was TI7's $23,187,916.
Cyborgmatt, the Director of Operations at Team Secret and the man behind Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker, reported that sales were up 24% on the previous year and suggested the possibility of $30m prize pool was "very real".
TI9 Battle Pass price structure:
- Standard (24 levels) - $9.99
- Level 50 - $29.35
- Level 100 - $44.99