The Dota 2 community is one of the most passionate and more loyal in the world. Last years’ TI9 Battle Pass broke many records, and this year, the Dota 2 community has broken even those records.
In the first 24 hours of release, the TI10 Battle Pass has generated $32.6 million in sales. Those sales have bumped up the TI10 prize pool to $8.1 million. That is $733,227 more than last year.
If you’re unaware, 25% of all Battle Pass sales go into the prize pool of the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the world, The International.
Of course, due to the COVID-19 situation, the TI10 has been a bit postponed this year, and all details aren’t clear yet. The event is expected to happen at the end of the year. That leaves a lot of room for the prize pool to get larger and larger.
People love to engage with The International by buying Battle Passes, Battle Pass levels, betting on their favorite teams at dotabetz.com, or simply watching the live coverage of the matches on Twitch or directly in-game.
The International 2019 was a great success, and many applauded Valve for the organization of the Battle Pass and the event. Although the TI8, which happened in 2018, can’t be called a failure, it was a bit underwhelming.
TI10 Battle Pass purchases were spiked thanks to many new additions to the game, such as Guilds, the Sideshop, the Battle Gauntlet, and the Pause-Screen Playground.
In the new TI10 Battle Pass, we can also find five amazing skins that include two hero personas and three Arcanas.
The upcoming items are:
- Pudge’s Persona
- Anti-Mage’s Persona
- Queen of Pain Arcana
- Wraith King Arcana
- Windranger Arcana
Additionally, we can expect a limited-time game mode this year as well. The one we had last year disappointed a bit, and it seems Valve is stepping up their game this year. Not many details are released yet, but it seems we are getting a game mode where players will navigate a labyrinth.
All of these things seem to indicate that the prize pool record of last year that was $34,330,068, is going to get broken.
Because the TI10 doesn’t have a 100% confirmed date due to the COVID-19 situation, it could get postponed until the next year, which would mean a prolonged time to buy the Battle Pass. That could also mean the world record for an esports competition prize pool could be broken.
Top Battle Pass Spender Is A Prince of Saudi Arabia
It’s known that the top Dota 2 spender is the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The 35-year-old prince boasts about having played 10 000 hours of Dota 2 and that he has been the top contributor for TI8 and TI9.
In 2018, for the TI8, he had bought 101,127 levels of the Battle Pass for an approximate cost of $42,100. He alone contributed $10,525 to the prize pool.
In 2019, he wasn’t as generous and “only “bought 51,354 levels for an approximate cost of $21,382. His contribution to the prize pool was around $5,345.
In 2020, currently, he is at the level 14,430, which has cost him around $6,012. We can be confident that he won’t stop here, and he’ll continue spending money on the game he loves.
On his Steam profile, he also boasts about spending lots of money on extremely rare cosmetics, such as the Gingerbread Baby Roshan that he bought for $20,000 and then another one for $5,000.
He additionally purchased the Golden Wings of the Manticore, a Skywraith item for $25,000.
With generous players like him, we can see Dota 2 breaking even more records in the future.