The International 2022 prize pool has formally surpassed the $7 million mark in simply over 24 hours for the reason that launch of the 2022 Dota 2 battle cross, however that determine and timeframe don’t inform the complete story.
While reaching that milestone in barely a day is spectacular, the very fact is Valve has seen this similar success twice earlier than, in each 2019 and 2021.
The TI11 battle cross is already sitting because the eleventh highest esports prize pool of all time and will possible simply break into the highest 10 by the beginning of subsequent week, in keeping with Esports Earnings. But projections at present have it falling wanting the earlier two TI totals.
As of 7pm CT on Sept. 2, TI11 sits at a prize pool of $7,152,714 and rising. That components in Valve’s default base whole of $1.6 million and the contributed $5,552,714 from 25 % of whole present battle cross spending. At that very same someday, 3.5 hours previous battle cross launch, TI9 had $7.58 million and TI10 had over $8.3 million in the financial institution—ending at $34,292,599 and $40,018,195 respectively.
That doesn’t look that unhealthy on first viewing since there’s all the time an opportunity TI11’s battle cross gross sales might proceed to rise and will possible see a spike someplace down the road when Valve pushes extra Level Bundles dwell on Steam. However, the actual concern comes with how a lot time is left on the clock.
While TI9 and TI10 each noticed their battle passes launching at varied instances in May and running properly via the Summer, TI11’s solely launched on Sept. 1 and received’t have as lengthy to construct momentum. This is because of Valve splitting the 2022 battle cross into two elements and solely making use of that customary 25 % buy pay in for the prize pool to Part I.
Part I is ready to finish on Nov. 2, only a few days after TI11 ends on Oct. 30. Once that part of the battle cross ends, no extra funds might be added to the occasion’s prize pool. This signifies that, as an alternative of properly over three months, TI11 solely has two full months to strive and sustain with its predecessors.
There is a Part II for the battle cross that can launch on Nov. 3 and run via Jan. 12, however that has no incentives for the aggressive neighborhood tied to it.
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Just primarily based on numbers, there’s nonetheless a possible likelihood that TI11 usurps TI9 for the second-largest esports prize pool of all time. But until one thing massive adjustments to drive gross sales at a a lot larger price for a number of weeks, it appears to be like like Dota’s 10-year streak of one-upping itself at every TI will finish with TI10.