The largest event on the Dota 2 esports calendar will reach fever pitch this afternoon when The International (TI) main event kicks off at the Key Arena in Seattle.
This year the prize pool for TI has grown from $1.6 million to $23.9 million making it the largest prize pool in esports history.
Winning the competition will earn a team $10.4 million, while second and third place will earn teams $3.8 million and $2.4 million respectively. While winning is obviously the goal, even Fnatic and HellRaisers, teams eliminated over the weekend, get $59 506 each.
Assuming the prize money (for winning TI) is equally distributed among the team, the esports players that raise the Aegis this weekend are close to earning as much as Wimbledon players.
This year the top prize for winning Wimbledon was £2.2 million according to the Telegraph. Converted to dollars, that brings the earnings of the winner to $2.8 million.
Winning a best of five series at the TI finals will earn players just over $2 million each. While $800 000 is nothing to scoff at, it’s important to note that Wimbledon was founded in 1877 while the first TI was hosted in 2010.
TI winners also earn more than Superbowl winners do (a $107 000 bonus) though this doesn’t account for player salaries.
Of course the ace up Valve’s sleeve is that the the community helps grow the prize pool and with tempting offers such as the first Arcana item for Io and Siltbreaker (the first single player campaign for Dota) it’s no wonder that the prize pool grew as much as it did this year.
The Dota 2 International 2017 will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube but as per the norm players will also able to watch the games live in the Dota 2 client.
[Source – Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker]