Everyone who've purchased the latest Dota 2 Battle Pass, or a Collector's Cache, has helped The International 10's prize pool become the biggest in esports history. In the early hours of the morning on 26th August, the prize pool grew past the $34,330,068 mark, officially making it the biggest prize pool for a single esports tournament.
The International 10 prize pool growth
At the time of writing, the prize pool for The International 10 sits at just over $34,332,000. This is all thanks to the Dota 2 fans who threw their wallets at Valve. In case you didn't know, 25% of Battle Pass and related purchases go into the prize pool, while 75% goes to Valve.
Valve, however, did provide a base prize pool of $1.6 million, with the rest all coming from Dota 2 fans and their purchases. Dota 2 fans have, therefore, contributed over $32,7 million.
In the graph from Dota 2 Prize Tracker below, you can see the tremendous growth of TI10's prize pool compared to previous years.
(Picture: Dota 2 Prize Tracker)
Those who have a Battle Pass, and therefore have contributed to the prize pool, don't walk away empty-handed either.
In celebration of TI10's prize pool becoming the biggest in esports history, Valve is giving all Battle Pass owners 10,000 Battle Points, which translates to 10 Battle Pass levels.
At the time of writing, the reward is not available yet. You can expect to get these levels before the end of 26th August.
There's still room for a lot of growth as well since the Battle Pass only ends on 19th September 2020. With Immortal Treasure III and possibly a few more things to release before the end date, the prize pool will continue to grow.
While it seems unlikely at this point, if the prize pool does make it to the $40 million milestone, Battle Pass owners will get another 10 levels.
Valve continues to share some great TI moments on Twitter in celebration of The International since the tournament had to be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.