Dota 2 Reborn has surpassed 1,000,000 – yes, that’s one million, concurrent users recently. The surge in popularity comes after a steady rise in users since September’s drop, when Reborn was first launched.
According to Steam Charts, Dota 2 active players peaked at 1,016,123 over the weekend.
Dota 2 saw a drop in users during the month of September, coinciding with the launch of Reborn, the new engine.
Dota 2 Reborn
Reborn had been designed and introduced with significant changes to the client interface and composition.
With the introduction of the new engine, Dota 2 had taken on the feel of a new game to many. Due to certain bugs and some options that still needed to be flushed out, many users started to shy away from the game. In September, the game took a hit, losing 16% user activity.
Since then, Dota 2 had been making steady gains monthly, until hitting its peak this last weekend.
The International 5 record breaking prize-pool
One month prior to Reborn being launched, Dota 2 boasted the biggest prize-pool in esports history.
The International prize-pool had gone beyond $18 million – more than the combined total of The International 1, 2, 3, and 4 prize funds. If we take away the $1,600,000 Valve chipped in, we’re left with $16,829,613 raised by the community. However, only 25% of the proceeds of each sale contributes to The International prize-pool. Therefore, the Dota 2 community actually spent more than $67,000,000 on TI5 compendiums and compendium points.
This year, the TI5 prize-pool has continued to soar high above any other esports event and has even surpassed the prize funds of some well-known traditional sporting events, such as the Cricket World Cup, The Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and others.
With an astounding total of $18,429,613, the TI5 prize-pool has outpaced the combined prize funds of all previous four Internationals – $17,005,079.
The TI5 prize-pool has also exceeded the top three biggest Dota 2 purses combined: TI3 ($2,874,381), TI4 ($10,930,698) and Dota 2 Asian Championships ($3,057,519), with a combined total of $16,862,598.
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