With a good two weeks to go, Dota 2 International 2016 prize pool has nearly wrapped it. It is somewhere close to $20 million, the biggest ever pool in esports history.
Rivaling games like League of Legends or Starcraft II is hardly close to the record set by Dota 2. When every other game is put together, they come close but still couldn’t beat the single prize pool for the Internationals 2016. While the game has many tournaments including the Manila Major, ESL and more, the Internationals is organized and conducted by Valve. The actual team behind Steam and Dota 2 directly preside over the tournament.
It will also have Gabe Newell at the launch event that adds up to the hype. For this particular event, a new battle pass was created that offered so much of content including skins, items and kits for players. They were prized at different points allowing every gamer to buy one irrespective of the budget. A percentage of the profit earned through the pass has been given to the Internationals 2016 tournament.
The tournament originated in the year 2011. Within a short span of time, it has surpassed every other game in the MOBA, FPS genres. When the event began, Valve provided $1.6 million to give it a head start which was later converted into a crowd funded system. The Battle Pass has helped Valve collect $18,580,479 which broke the previous record of $18,429,613. While the previous year’s record is an equally impressive feat, the gamers and ardent fans of Dota 2 have managed to beat it once again.
The Internationals 2016 is slated to host its final event on August 13th. The place is where all the major teams including OG, Team Liquid, Navi and a host of other new competitors will showcase their skills. A range of changes are made to the game from time to time. When the competition begins, it is going to be one amazing treat for Dota 2 fans.
You can find the official channel on Twitch to watch the matches as it commences. The finals will definitely be the most interesting of them all. We can’t anticipate who will win the trophy this year but whoever does, it’s the frenzy around the tournament that matters. Dota 2 has set a new benchmark for all tournament games to break and gave a new lease of life to take up competitive gaming as a career.