The Worldwide stays probably the most profitable e-sports match for not less than one other yr, with a prize pool that grew to greater than $30 million over the weekend.
Valve’s large Dota 2 match, which is heading into its ninth annual iteration, incorporates a prize pool that’s largely crowdfunded, a convention courting again to 2013. Again in Could, Valve launched a “battle go” for the sport, which is out there at completely different tiers and earns gamers particular options like uncommon in-game cosmetics and particular restricted occasions. 1 / 4 of that cash is used to fill out the prize pool for Dota 2’s greatest match of the yr. Final yr’s occasion, which befell in Vancouver, featured a then-record $25.5 million purse.
The $30 million milestone is especially notable as a result of it helps The Worldwide stay the largest e-sports occasion on the planet — not less than by way of prize cash, regardless of a really aggressive new competitor. Final yr, Epic earmarked $100 million to assist flip Fortnite right into a viable aggressive sport, and that included a $30 million prize pool for the upcoming Fortnite World Cup, which takes place in New York from July 26th–28th.
The Worldwide 2019, in the meantime, kicks off on August 20th in Shanghai.