Dota 2 Prize Pools

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.

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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.