Late in May, Valve unleashed the biggest ever Battle Pass for Dota 2 owners to enjoy. With 25% of every Battle Pass or related purchase going into the prize pool for The International 10, it has now blown past the $30 million milestone.
Dota 2 The International 10 prize pool
Valve provides a base prize pool of $1.6 million, and everything else comes from the wallets of Dota 2 players.
$30 Million — The International 10 now has the second largest prize pool for any single tournament in the history of esports headed for the top spot currently held by TI9. #TI10#Dota2pic.twitter.com/Cc9hQCXXuE— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) July 27, 2020
Only 25% of the Battle Pass and related purchases go into the prize pool, and 75% goes to Valve.
Prices for the Battle Pass start at $9.99 for the standard one, with a level 50 pack for $29.35, and level 100 for $44.99. You can also purchase additional level packs.
In the early hours of 27th July, the prize pool for The International 10 reached $30 million and continues to grow as you read this. While the prize pool growth has slowed down a bit, it is definitely still on track to make esports history.
The International 10 prize pool growth comparison (Screenshot: Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker)
The International 10's prize pool is set to make esports history, as it is on track to eclipse TI9's record-breaking prize pool of $34.3 million. There's still roughly six weeks left, as the Battle Pass end date was extended from 12th to 19th September 2020.
If this year's prize pool breaks the TI9 number, Battle Pass owners get 10,000 Battle Points (10 levels). If the prize pool reaches the $40 million milestone, Battle Pass owners get another 10,000 Battle Points.
Every time Valve releases an Immortal Treasure, or a bundle, or simply an item in the Battle Pass, a big spike in the prize pool happens. We still have Immortal Treasure III to go, and there will likely be another Level Bundle to purchase, amongst other things.
It is very clear The International 10's prize pool will surpass TI9's, making it the biggest in esports history. It is unclear if it will reach the $40 million milestone, but it could definitely get close.