Yes, you read that right. One billion pesos, and counting, might we add.
The tournament in question is The International, a Defense of the Ancients 2 tournament hosted by Valve Corporation, the company that developed that ubiquitous MMORPG. For non-gamer folk, you probably know it as the computer shop fodder called Dota 2.
As of writing, the tournament’s prize pool—dubbed the Aegis of Champions by The International—is at 20,467,445 US dollars. In pesos, that’s 1,051,821,998 pesos and 55 cents. A little over 24 hours prior, the amount was at $19.5M, which means the pool increased by almost $1M in a day. Am I the only one that started sweating?
At the rate the 2019 prize pool is increasing right now, it has already overtaken last year’s progress by $4M. Oh, and did we mention that the 2018 tournament grossed $25M—one of the highest prize pools in esports history? Yep. We’re looking at a possible top-ranks world record.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the largest prize pool in history. The International’s tournament comes second to Epic Games’ 2017-2018 Fortnite competition season that amassed a dizzying $100M, which is around P5B. Needless to say, Epic really lives up to its name.
You know what, maybe those computer shop regulars are really up to something. Care to build a Dota 2 pro team, anyone?
Photo by Jilson Tiu