The International 2022 prize pool continues to develop, formally cracking the $11 million threshold. However, information reveals battle move gross sales have slowed down considerably and the upcoming event is now over $2 million behind the record-setting tempo of TI10’s prize pool progress.

After 13 days and simply over eight hours, TI11’s prize pool sits at $11,091,022, making it $9,491,022 contributed from battle move gross sales to Valve’s base contribution of $1.6 million flat. That is sufficient to dethrone TI4 for the ninth greatest esports event prize pool of all time, in response to Esports Earnings, however it’s trying like this can formally be the 12 months Valve’s 10-tournament record is snapped. 

For every event for the reason that authentic iteration of The International in 2011 on the inception of Dota 2 esports, Valve has seen every of its subsequent TI occasions surpass the earlier in prize pool whole. 

Screengrab by way of Dota 2 Prize Tracker

This yearly prevalence would finally additionally culminate in shattering the esports record for the most important event prize pool at every flip too, together with TI10 being the primary esports occasion ever to crack a $40 million prize pool final 12 months. But with TI11’s battle move beginning later than normal, receiving heavy criticism, and being cut up into two elements—the place one doesn’t even assist the occasion in any respect—it’s trying more and more doubtless that is the top for that run. 

As at present projected, if Valve doesn’t infuse some life into the present battle move within the coming weeks TI11’s prize pool curve is threatening to flatline and finally be surpassed by the expansion of TI7 and TI8 by early October. This is unlikely as a result of Valve is more likely to launch the primary set of latest Level Bundles earlier than that occurs, and even without that increase the gross sales would want to gradual additional and never see any bumps to permit for the earlier occasions to catch up.

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Despite that reassurance, the identical precept applies to TI11 attempting to catch TI10, and even TI9, earlier than Part I of its battle move ends on Nov. 2. TI9 may find yourself surpassing TI11 earlier than the top of the week at this charge too.

All-in-all, not a lot has modified from after we checked in on the $10 million mark on Sept. 9. Even with the small enhancements Valve has made to the product, it’s exhausting to see that occuring without additional work being achieved or some shock content material drops hitting someday within the subsequent month.