Dota 2 attracts the largest prize pools in esports and often beating major tournaments for traditional sports.
|Tournament||Prize Pool||Winning Team|
|The International 2017||$24,412,835.00||TBA|
|The International 2016||$20,770,640.00||Wings Gaming|
|The International 2015||$18,429,613.05||Evil Geniuses|
|The International 2014||$10,931,103.00||Newbee|
|DAC 2015||$3,057,521.00||Evil Geniuses|
|Boston Major 2016||$3,000,000.00||OG|
|Frankfurt Major 2015||$3,000,000.00||Team OG|
|Kiev Major 2017||$3,000,000.00||OG|
|Manila Major 2016||$3,000,000.00||OG|
|Shanghai Major 2016||$3,000,000.00||Team Secret|
Where Does The Prize Money Come From
Most tournament prize pools are built up using a few different methods. There is very often a guaranteed prize pool, also known as a base pool that is given by the tournament organisers or one of their partners. This is frequently the game developers or a major sponsor involved in the tournament.
As an example, The International 2016 was a Dota 2 tournament that attracted a total prize pool of $20,770,460. Out of this amount, $1,600,000 was a base amount and a further $19,170,460 was contributed funds.
What Are Contributed Funds In A Prize Pool
Contributed prize pools are a cut of the total prize pool that comes from outside sources, usually fans. For example in 2013, Valve announced that they would be selling compendium items to fans in which the profits would contribute towards the overall prize pool. The compendium purchases reached $1,200,000 and were added to to the overall prize pool which totalled $2,800,000.