The TI5 prize pool has already gone beyond $17 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 $15,420,548 raised by the community. However, only 25% of the proceeds of each sale contributes to the TI5 prize pool. Therefore, the Dota 2 community actually spent $61,682,192 on TI5 compendiums and compendium points.
UPDATE (August 9):
Evil Geniuses are your TI5 champions! Grand Finals VODS, summaries, pictures and highlights: here.
Valve’s The International continues to break records and make history. In 2013, crowdfunding was introduced as a means to increase the tournament’s prize pool.
Last year, for The International 4, the prize pool weighed in at a whopping $10,930,698, thanks to the additional $9,330,698 contributed by Dota 2 enthusiasts.
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 $17,020,548, 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.
What’s even more, the TI5 prize pool still has time to continue to increase until the end of the tournament.
TI1 prize pool: $1,600,000
At the first International tournament, in 2011, teams competed for a prize pool of $1,600,000. The International 1 was held at GamesCom, in Cologne, Germany. The first eight teams received a slice of the prize pool.
TI1 prize pool distribution
- 1st place – $1,000,000 – Na’vi
- 2nd place – $250,000 – EHOME
- 3rd place – $150,000 – Scythe Gaming
- 4th place – $80,000 – Meet Your Makers
- 5th-6th place – $35,000 – Moscow Five/Invictus Gaming
- 7th-8th place – $25,000 – Nirvana.int/MiTH.Trust
TI2 prize pool: $1,600,000
Just like at the first International, a total of $1,600,000 were spread among the top 8 teams. The International 2 was held at the Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, Washington.
TI2 prize pool distribution
- 1st place – $1,000,000 – Invictus Gaming
- 2nd place – $250,000 – Natus Vincere
- 3rd place – $150,000 – LGD Gaming
- 4th place – $80,000 – Team DK
- 5th-6th place – $35,000 – EHOME/Team Zenith
- 7th-8th place -$25,000 TongFu/Orange Esports
TI3 prize pool: $2,874,381
The International 3 reached a total prize pool of $2,874,381. The base prize pool started at $1,600,000, the same as the previous two years. However, the 2013 tournament would see the introduction of crowdfunding, with 25% of the revenue generated by the sale of the Interactive Compendium being added to the prize pool. A total of $1,274,381 was added to the amount. The event was also held at the Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, Washington.
TI3 prize pool distribution
- 1st place – $1,437,190 – Alliance
- 2nd place – $632,364 – Natus Vincere
- 3rd place – $287,438 – Orange Esports
- 4th place – $201,207 – TongFu
- 5th-6th place – $114,975 – Invictus Gaming/Team DK
- 7th-8th place – $43,116 – Team Liquid/Fnatic
TI4 prize pool: $10,930,698
The total prize pool for TI4 was $10,930,698, with a staggering $9,330,698 being added to the base prize pool of $1,600,000. This was the largest prize pool in esports history, at that time. Teams finishing through 14th place received a piece of the prize pool. The tournament was held at the Key Arena, a multi-purpose arena in the Seattle Center, with a total seating capacity of over 17,000.
TI4 prize pool distribution
- 1st place – $5,028,121 – Newbee
- 2nd place – $1,475,644 – Vici Gaming
- 3rd place – $1,038,446 – Evil Geniuses
- 4th place – $819,800 – Team DK
- 5th-6th place – $655,842 – LGD Gaming/Cloud9
- 7th-8th place – $519,208 – Invictus Gaming/Natus Vincere
- 9th-10th place – $49,188 -Titan/Team Liquid
- 11th-12th place – $38,257 – Mousesports/Alliance
- 13th-14th place – $21,861 – Team Empire/Fnatic
TI5 prize pool: $17,020,548
According to the real-time prize pool tracker created by Matthew “CyborgMatt” Bailey, the current TI5 prize pool stands at $17,020,548, with $15,420,548 raised by TI5 Compendium purchases. The International 5 will also be held at the Key Arena, in Seattle, Washington. Noticeable changes were made to the format and the TI5 prize pool breakdown. Unlike last year, at TI4, all 16 participating teams will advance to the TI5 Main Event. All 16 of those teams will also receive a share of the prize pool: the winning team will be awarded at least $6,000,000; the following four teams will take home at least $1,000,000 each, while the bottom four teams will win at least $50,000 each. Thorough details about schedule and format have recently been released.
TI5 prize pool distribution:
- 1st place – $6,061,543
- 2nd place – $2,609,831
- 3rd place – $2,020,514
- 4th place – $1,431,198
- 5th place – $1,094,445
- 6th place – $1,094,445
- 7th place – $757,693
- 8th place – $757,693
- 9th place – $202,051
- 10th place – $202,051
- 11th place – $202,051
- 12th place – $202,051
- 13th place – $50,513
- 14th place – $50,513
- 15th place – $50,513
- 16th place – $50,513
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