The International has once again far exceeded its own record as the most lucrative esports tournament in history. The community surpassed last year’s prize pool of $34,396,000 USD a little more than a month ago at the end of August and, on the final day of the Battlepass, have found a way to surpass $40,000,000. This year’s prize pool is now by far the largest prize pool in esports by a margin of nearly six million dollars.
The most surprising part of the growth in the prize pool is that the International is not even being hosted this year. Valve was forced to delay the tournament to an indefinite date last April as it tried to navigate the global Covid-19 pandemic that has been the main focus of the global consciousness for the past few months. In August 2020, Valve tweeted
about how they were still not able to commit to new dates for The International 10. What we do know is that the event will still be held in Stockholm, Sweden, sometime in 2021.
While the tremendous growth of the prize pool is something to celebrate, it also brings with it a lot of criticism towards Valve. The company has not been able to provide much information on the future of The International 10, and more importantly the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, which has been a source of income and stability for several organizations and players. In the eyes of the Dota 2 community, Valve has taken a profit of $120 million and has not yet converted it into actual results. How this situation develops will affect the future of the Dota 2 pro scene.