36.6 million dollar prize money have been paid out in professional Dota 2 tournaments last year. That’s the fifth consecutive record.
Dota 2 has once again set a new prize money record: 36,653,421 dollar have been paid out in tournaments and leagues throughout 2016. That’s 19 percent more than in the year before and the fifth consecutice record. Since its release in 2011 the amount of prize money in Dota 2 has always increased year over year.
It’s the slowest progression however. From 2014 to 2015 the prize pool grew by 93 percent, one year before that it was even 269 percent. But that shouldn’t be anything to worry about. As the numbers get bigger, growth usually slows a bit. And 19 percent more than 2015 means about 6 million dollar more.
The highest paying tournament of the year was The International 2016 with 20,770,460 dollar followed by three Majors in Shanghai, Manila and Boston with 3 million dollar each. Overall Valves own tournament accounted for 80 percent of the total prize money in Dota 2 last year.
The Dota 2 Professional League in China was the tournament with the most prize money that Valve didn’t host themselves. The chinese hosts paid out 700,000 dollar. This is followed by the Epicenter Moscow of May ($500,000) and the two collaborations of Star Ladder and i-league who paid out about 300,000 dollar each.
The best paying non-Valve-tournament remains the Dota 2 Asia Championships from February 2015 which will see a sequel in 2017. Unfortunately the amount of prize money hasn’t been disclosed yet. But we can be hopeful to see another increase in prize money in 2017: The World Electronic Sports Games 2016, played just about a week ago, already gave 1.5 million dollar to its main event participants.
As of now tournaments and league with prize money amounting to 5.5 million dollars have already been announced for 2017. Assuming that The International will pay out 21 million dollar again and one more Major with 3 million dollar will be announced, we already have 29.5 million dollar secured for this year – a sixth consecutive record is very likely.