The DOTA 2 global 2017 Prize Pool Surpasses Last Year's Record

Dota 2's The International 7 breaks esports prize pool record

Dota 2's The International 7 breaks esports prize pool record

It's once again that time of year: The 2017 Dota 2 global prize pool has just surpassed the 2016 prize pool, making it the biggest worldwide prize ever-and thus the biggest in esports history. At the time of writing the total sits at just over 20.8 million, meaning the top few teams at this year's global are going to walk away with a lot of money.

With more than 32 days remaining until the prize pool funding period ends, it's anyone's guess as how much money the tournament contestants will ultimately be vying for.

Chinese organization Wings Gaming took home the $9.13 million first-place prize in 2016.

We have a new record for the biggest esports prize pool ever - and it's gone to the previous record holder Dota 2.

The 2017 prize pool is now well clear of last year's prize pool which amounted to $20.7 million and miles ahead of the $18.4 million prize pool that was offered up in 2015. A bit of napkin maths reveals that if Valve is pocketing the other 75%, the firm has made $60.7 million in just over two months.

The International 2017 will take place in Seattle, Washington between August 7th and August 12th at the KeyArena, which formerly housed the Seattle Supersonics professional basketball team. The reason for the prize pool being this lofty, is because it's actually funded by players.

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