Dota 2 isn’t slowing down: The prize money paid out this year will exceed last years record – once again.
Dota 2 will pay out at least 30,928,699 dollar in prize money this year. This amount is for certain after a once again record-braking International with almost 21 million dollars. It’s the second year in a row that Dotas prize pool exceed 30 million dollars and the sixth consecutive year in which the game sets a new record.
Dota 2 prize money increased every year so far
The yearly prize pool started quite big in 2011 with 1.7 million dollars, most of which was paid out during the first International. After that the competitive Dota scene evolved quickly. 2012 saw 2.1 million dollar in prize money. This number doubled to 4.3 million dollars a year later and almost quadrupled to 15.9 million dollars in 2014. Last year the incrase was a bit lower with „just“ 93 percent to 30.7 million dollar.
It’s only August now so the question is, how far can Dotas prize pool go in 2016? We will have another Major in fall 2016 for sure with another 3 million dollar in prize money. The World Cyber Arena, held in December, hasn’t announced its prize pool yet. But since WCA pays out amazing 200,000 dollar for their Starcraft tournament, it’s hard to imagine a lower sum for Dota 2.
Up to now, the International and the two Majors in Shanghai and Manila stand out in this years tournament scene. Epicenter, the largest tournament not held by Valve, paid out amazing 500,000 dollar but that’s just a sixth of what a Major offers. Star Ladder Star Series Season 13 comes in fifth with 300,000 dollar ahead of the tournaments of ESL One and MarsTV.
Still, seeing how the tournament scene developed outside of Valve in the past year a total prize pool of more than 40 million dollar might be possible this year. But even if it’s not going to get close to this number, we will see another increase. Great work!