It sounded impossible. Many thought it would only come close, but the The International 2016 Dota 2 prize pool has surpassed last year’s $18,429,613. Currently the Dota 2 prize pool, largely funded by the Compendium, is sitting at $18,763,769 and with just over two weeks until the start of the 2016 installment. Some believe this number may even reach $20 million. This already stands as the largest prize pool in the history of eSports, and the growing trend of increasing every year is making Dota 2 the highest earning competition according to the website eSports Earnings.
If we take a closer look at the prize pool tracker, it’s clear that 2015 saw an upward trend going up roughly $3 million in the final days of the competitions. We are now at Day 70 of the Compendium, and in 2015 the prize pool sat at $15,816,027.
The prize pool will continue to grow throughout the tournament, and that’s where we see the sudden rise which brought it to $18.4 million mark in 2015. If this trend continues, it’s safe to assume that this year’s prize pool may reach the $21 million mark by the end of the tournament.
There might be a few of you out there who are confused as to how a prize pool could grow to this staggeringly high number. Allow me to shed some light. Valve initially put in $1.6 million, from there on out they released the Compendium which is a little booklet with information, activities and rewards for those who upgrade their Compendium and complete challenges. These rewards are cosmetic, ranging from hero skins to the newly released player cards.