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Valve’s seventh iteration of The International, the biggest annual Dota 2 tournament, continued its trend of setting historical records as the largest esports tournament in terms of prize pool, at past 9:00 PM (SGT) on Wednesday.
As of the writing, The International 2017 sits on an astounding $20,772,353 prize pool--stomping, once again, winning prizes for various sporting events. The International 2017 has surpassed the $20,770,460 prize pool set by its predecessor, The International 2016.
According to Dota 2 Prize Pool Tracker, it took 68 days after the release of The International 2017 Battle Pass for this year’s tournament to break the record. The Battle Pass is a crowdsourcing, seasonal event downloadable content wherein 25% of its sales goes directly into the tournament’s prize pool.
Having a base prize pool of $1,600,000, the Dota 2 community was able to boost the tournament’s stake by adding $19,182,435, boosting its base funds by 1198%. These numbers, however, are only expected to increase as the community is given 34 more days to contribute to the already enormous reward.
The International 2017 will be held in Seattle, USA on August 7-12.