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EsportsDota 2’s New Battle Pass is Growing Faster Than Ever | Kotaku UK
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Dota 2’s New Battle Pass is Growing Faster Than Ever | Kotaku UK

By Alistair Jones on at

Until last summer, Dota 2 held the record for the biggest-ever esports prize pool for The International 2018, at $25.5 million.Then came Epic, using Fortnite ‘s money-printing feature to offer a $30 million pot for the Fortnite World Cup.The Dota community was not to be outdone, however, and quickly ratcheted up $34 million for the 2019 competition.

Now, it looks like the community is prepared to break its records all over again.According to the Dota 2 Prize Pool tracker , the Battle Pass, which is responsible for generating the vast majority of each year’s prize pool via community crowdfunding, is already worth just a little shy of $10 million just two and a half days since it launched, meaning it’s growing faster than in any previous year.

If you’re not familiar with the Battle Pass, it’s a means for Dota fans to contribute to the tournament’s prize pool while also unlocking new content for their game.Each year, Valve contributes a reasonable sum to the competition’s winnings, which is topped up with 25 per cent of what the community follows up with (lining Valve’s pockets with that other 75 per cent, which in recent years has been around the $90 million mark).

This year’s prize pool is off to a quick start, but the Battle Pass tends to be live for several weeks, so it has a long road still to travel if it’s to beat last year’s effort.Valve has already decided to delay this year’s tournament as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with the competition “likely” to take place in 2021.Tags: .