Record Breaking 17 Million USD Prize Pot For The DOTA 2 International 2015

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 12:50 PM
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The amount of money being thrown around in eSports tournaments is nothing short of jaw-dropping these days, and nowhere are the stakes higher than at the DOTA 2 Internationals. The International 2015 has a prize pool to the tune of $17,092,660 and growing, meaning there’s more up for grabs than every previous International combined.

The full prize pot has been revealed, with the winning team heading home with a cool $6,151,326. This equates to $1.23 million per player, putting this team up there with some of the highest paid sports stars around. Proof indeed that gaming can pay. Elsewhere, Valve has pushed out a massive update for DOTA 2 Reborn, the new version of DOTA 2 currently in beta and running on the Source 2 engine. Among other things it adds Ranked Matchmaking and bonus Compendium coins.

The headline act is the Ranked Matchmaking, which demonstrates Valve is confident enough in this new build of DOTA 2 to begin hosting the matches that really matter. For hardcore DOTA 2 fans this probably marks the turning point from which they’ll hop on board.

Bringing DOTA 2 Reborn further in line with the original client, bonus Compendium coin challenges have been introduced. These are specific meta objectives which can be completed to pay for additional cosmetic items. There’s a 50% bonus on coin drops right now in DOTA 2 Reborn.

Elsewhere, there’s the usual bug fixes and performance improvements which ensure things tick along nicely.

Back to that prize fund then, and this is how it currently stands:

  • 1st - $6,153,358
  • 2nd - $2,649,362
  • 3rd - $2,051,119
  • 4th - $1,452,876
  • 5th - $1,111,023
  • 6th - $1,111,023
  • 7th - $769,170
  • 8th - $769,170
  • 9th - $205,112
  • 10th - $205,112
  • 11th - $205,112
  • 12th - $205,112
  • 13th - $51,278
  • 14th - $51,278
  • 15th - $51,278
  • 16th - $51,278

The prize pool is continuously growing, but as it stands each member of the 16 five-person teams heading to the DOTA 2 International Championships is set to make an average of $212,500.

The event is set to take place live on DOTA2.com from August 3rd through until the 8th.

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08:21 Jul-23-2015

It's times like these where I wish I was better at Dota....

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17:48 Jul-21-2015

And CS only gets 250k, ridiculous.

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09:28 Jul-22-2015

Because you will use you're brain a lot more in Dota.
I haven't played LOL yet, I'm downloading it now.

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10:05 Jul-22-2015

By that logic, Starcraft needs to have 32 million $ prize pool...

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10:45 Jul-22-2015

But... It's not as popular and exciting as Dota.

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12:17 Jul-22-2015

I would disagree here, because you need to understand what is going on, to be excited about what is happening in a SC2 game, unlike mobas, there are 10x times more stuff to think in SC2.

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16:14 Jul-22-2015

and here i disagree with you, I think for someone with no knowledge of either game starcraft 2 would be the more exciting of the 2 to watch and the easier of the 2 to understand.

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16:26 Jul-22-2015

Dota was influenced by Aeon of Strife from Starcraft anyway...
But yeah, Dota is exciting as F* when you are playing with your friends.
All the trashtalks and insults.

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20:56 Jul-22-2015

Pro Dota is exciting to watch, especially with teamfights, but not for playing though... I figured out in Dota that team games are not for me, so I decided to play SC, and its best decision I made in life! :)

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17:41 Jul-21-2015

and 2gb update right now..

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14:18 Jul-21-2015

Yeah, I'll stick to my physics major.

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12:55 Jul-21-2015

Step 1. Install Dota.2
Step 2. Play Dota2..A lot
Step 3. Wait few years , become really good
Step 4. Go pro
Step 5. Join a good team
Step 6. Attend the tournaments and play good so you end up first
Step 7. Win $6,153,358
Step 8. Profit

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13:23 Jul-21-2015

Step 9. Waste most of your life time. I'm not hating, dota is a great game but they spend thousands of hours in front of a screen playing the same thing over and over and over again.

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13:29 Jul-21-2015

Well , look at the money.

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13:38 Jul-21-2015

Well clearly it is not time wasted to whoever wins that prize...

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13:59 Jul-21-2015

That's 1.2 million+ per person of the team and that is only if you win, if you get a decent job, with a lot less hours over the course of 4-5 years(assuming it takes you this long to become pro), you will earn 1/4th to 1/3rd of that. So this way you will be able to make as much as the team that manages to be 2nd per team member, but guaranteed with a lot less hours... I prefer working to be honest.

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14:02 Jul-21-2015

That's your opinion. I love watching e-sports (CS:GO) and I also wouldn't like to have that job. However you cant say that this is a job. It also needs dedication , training and a lot of time spent. Just because it is around a game it doesn't make it less of a job (in my opinion)

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14:04 Jul-21-2015

I'm NOT saying it's NOT a job, I'm saying that it is NOT guaranteed money that takes a lot more hours/time and dedication.

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14:34 Jul-21-2015

Psychoman well said i prefer gaming for leisure to competitions. With all the hours spent(or wasted) in a single game, we could do lots of worthwhile things in life. On top of that, there is no guarantee of winning,meaning wasting your time

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09:46 Jul-22-2015

Even if you end up 16th and not even trying , you will still get 50K/6 (coach and players lets say ) , you still get some good money

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12:18 Jul-22-2015

with 50k/6 you can NOT feed yourself alone, let alone a family...

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10:08 Jul-22-2015

At some point, esports will become like a sport, and money will be guaranteed. But to get there, there has to be someone who will initiate that, who will sacrifice himself to reach that point. Its same like in many sports from the past... I don't see it as wasting time in front of screen, especially if you are pro...

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16:17 Jul-22-2015

If I had the talent to play video games for a living I would do it in a heartbeat, same with any sport really... there's no need to think about going pro if you havent't got the talent to begin with.

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20:58 Jul-22-2015

I particulary agree. Talent is necessary but hard work and dedication is more important, and from my perspective, it can beat talent! That works in gaming as well as in other competitions...

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