The International 8 Primer A $24.8 Million Dollar Esports Tournament

>>Only $10M prize pools in esports history

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Prize Pool

The International has a long history of setting the bar for tournament prize pools in esports. The International 2018 will be the fifth esports tournament with a prize pool of at least $10 million, each of the other four tournaments were previous tournaments at The International (2014-2017). When comparing it to other esports events, The International 2018 has a bigger prize pool than the LoL 2017 World Championship ($4.9M), Overwatch League Season 1 ($3.0M), CWL Championship 2017 ($1.5M) and the WESG 2017 CS:GO tournament ($1.5M) combined.

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The International continues to have the biggest prize pool in all of esports. ESPN Stats and Info

The top esports tournament also compares to more conventional sporting events. The 2018 U.S. Open announced a record $53 million prize pool for the tennis tournament later this month. When broken down by event, both the Men's and Women's singles tournaments have a total prize pool of approximately $20 million. The singles champion and runner up will receive $3.8 million and $1.85 million respectively.

The recently finished 2018 PGA Championship offered a total prize pool of $11 million with nearly $2 million going to winner Brooks Koepka ($1.98M). Earlier this year, the 2018 Daytona 500 announced a record $19 million dollar prize pool with $1.5 million going to the first-place driver Austin Dillon.

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The International beats out a few traditional sports prize pools. ESPN Stats and Info

Perhaps what is most impressive about The International 2018 prize pool is that nearly all of it is crowdfunded by the Dota 2 community. This is done through the purchase of a yearly in-game Battle Pass by every-day players that offers event-exclusive features and rewards. A quarter of each Battle Pass purchased goes directly into The International's prize pool. Of this year's $24.8 million prize pool, approximately $23.2 million were raised through Battle Pass sales.

Event History

Team Liquid, who received $10.8 million after winning The International 2017, have a chance to become the first team to win back-to-back championships. In fact, no team has ever won multiple championships since the event's conception in 2011. Evil Geniuses (2015 winner), Newbee (2014 winner) and Invictus Gaming (2012 winner) are all previous winners of the tournament and all have a chance to win The International 2018, though Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid are heavily favored at the moment.

Source : http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/24429755/the-international-8-primer-248-million-dollar-esports-tournament

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