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$18m for  Dota 2 's The International makes for the richest prize in eSports

$18m for Dota 2's The International makes for the richest prize in eSports

August 3, 2015 | By Christian Nutt

The prize pool for yearly Dota 2 championship The International has topped $18 million, making it the richest event in eSports by far. This also handily eclipses its 2014 total, which was slightly over $10 million.

The event kicks off today at Seattle's Key Arena, and the winning team will ultimately bag a payday of almost $6.5 million. The prize is funded by sales of The Compendium, which includes in-game and out-of-game enticements for the Dota 2 community.

By comparison, last year's Smite championship pool hit $2.6 million, while the League of Legends pool hit $2 million. Though it's hardly directly comparable, it's interesting to note that the U.S. biggest sporting event, The Super Bowl, pays out a bounty of $15.5 million to the victors. A more comparable event, the Masters Tournament in golf, has a total prize pool of $10 million, with the winner taking home $1.8 million.

SBNation has an excellent guide to The International if you want to know more about how it works or are interested in watching it. There's also the official schedule.

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