Want to win $30-million? Have you tried e-sports?
Fans and players of action game Dota 2 are on course for a $30-million prize pool at the game’s 2019 world championship.
Every year since the championships begun in 2011, Dota 2 has set a new e-sports record in terms of prize money. And this 2019 looks to be no different.
The game’s developer and publisher, Valve Entertainment (those guys who also run Steam) put up most of the prize money from its playing community, who receive a package of in-game extras and tournament perks in return for a Battle Pass purchase (which costs around $10).
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Last year the pool reached its highest ever, at $25.5-million. This year’s prize pool is just about to beat that number, and it’s only half-way through its three-month fundraising period.
Projections are now saying the prize money is on track to surpass the $30-million mark.
The Dota 2 world championships take place from August 15-25, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. Twelve teams have been invited to participate, thanks to their performance in the Dota pro league. They will be joined by another six teams based on regional qualifiers.
This comes off the back of Epic Games’ Fortnite announcing its very own World Cup. It will take place from July 26-28 in Flushing Meadows, New York. Epic has said it will stake it's own $30-million spread among all the participants.