The International Prize Pool for 2023 & History

Published: Oct 25, 2023 - Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023

The Dota 2 TI12 prize pool is one of many factors which make the yearly event one of the most prestigious and iconic events in all of esports. On this page, find out what the prize pool for Dota 2 The International 2023 is and read a history of how the TI prize pool has developed since its first iteration in 2011.

What is the Dota TI12 prize pool for 2023?

As of Oct. 31, 2023 the Dota 2 prize pool for TI12 stood at $3,171,152.

As it has done since TI 4, Valve has contributed an initial base prize pool of $1,600,000. The rest of the prize pool will be generated by sales of Valve’s The International Compendium. Two versions of the Compendium are available: Standard and Upgraded, which can be acquired for $7.49 and $29.99 respectively. For more information on the Compendium visit the Dota 2 official website. 

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The Compendium for the International, marketed by Valve as the ‘interactive digital companion’ to TI — 25% of all sales went towards the 2023  prize pool. Image: Valve

TI Prize Pool History

How have prize pools developed since the first The International event? 

Dota 2 TI’s prize pools were not always multi-million dollar. The first TI that Natus Vincere won, a CIS juggernaut, was $1.6 million.

The prize pool remained at a similar point for all the following TIs until TI4, where the Dota 2 TI prize pool shot up substantially to $10.9 million, in a drastic moment for the TI prize pool history. It eventually reached just over $40 million in the Dota 2 TI in 2021.

Here’s a quick look at the TI prize pool history:

EventYearPrize Pool
The International 12011$1.6 million
The International 22012$1.6 million
The International 32013$2.8 million
The International 42014$10.9 million
The International 52015$18.4 million
The International 62016$20.7 million
The International 72017$24.7 million
The International 82018$25.5 million
The International 92019$34.3 million
The International 102021$40 million
The International 112022$18.93 million
The International 122023$3.17 million

What is the source of Dota 2’s The International prize pool?

A good prize pool is critical to organizing an esports tournament, and the Dota 2 TI winners won’t miss out! Without an attractive prize pool, the competition may not be as fierce or, potentially, as interesting! Less interesting matches can then lead to a declining fanbase.

Dota 2 TI’s prize pool keeps the competition hot, giving high stakes for teams to fight over. The source of Dota 2 The International’s prize pool has changed over the years. 

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The 2022 Battle Pass contributed a total of $18,930,775 to The International’s prize pool. Image: Valve

As mentioned, the base prize pool was once $1.6 million, with all the funds being provided directly by Valve.

In 2014, Valve then introduced a new system that allowed fans to contribute to the Dota 2 The International prize pool. Specifically, when players of Dota 2 purchased the dedicated battle pass, a percentage of the total battle pass funds went to the prize pool. 

This form of crowdfunding, together with other tactics, was exceptionally successful in the first few years, allowing fans the opportunity to break records and give back to the competitive scene with unwavering determination. The scale of the prize pool has made Dota The International betting one of the hottest markets for esports betting entertainment.

As a result, the Dota 2 The International prize pool exploded with the most recent TI Battle Pass released in 2022.

Prize Pool Changes in 2023

For the TI12 prize pool, things were different. In a June 2023 press release, Valve revealed that the TI 2023 prize pool will not involve contributions from a dedicated battle pass.

“The update will still contribute directly to the prize pool, with a focus on the event, the players, and the games, but new cosmetic items won’t play a notable part. This is a significant change from the last few years, so to make it clear that we’re shifting focus towards the event and away from the giant reward line of cosmetics, we’re intentionally not calling this update a Battle Pass.”

Image Credits: Valve

Gabriel Sciberras

Since: February 7, 2023

Gabriel is a content writer and editor at EsportsBets, covering every related esports scene and topic under the sun, apart from plenty of experience in the realm of technology and gaming. When he's not covering international news, he's focused on the local Maltese scene.

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