Wings Gaming, the 2016 champions of Dota 2 event, The International 6, just found out they have earned yet another prize for their victories. The Chinese team now hold the Guinness World Record for largest esport prize after taking home $9,139,002 of the colossal pot of $20.77 million.
Wings Gaming are now the Guinness Record Holders for the Largest 1st Prize in an esports tournament. Congrats. pic.twitter.com/ImCFNKcyC1— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) October 27, 2016
The International is the largest Dota 2 event and posts the largest prize pool of any esport due to its crowdfunding approach to raising the prize. Valve, the games developer, release passes at various levels that when purchased for anywhere from $9.99 to $26.99 with 25% of the money earned going directly to growing the prize pot. The passes grant players in-game items or benefits such as music packs and couriers.
With the higher level passes and some additional quests done within the game itself, players could earn rare cosmetic items, which furthers the desire of players to add to the pot. Valve does a solid job of making sure players find it worth it to contribute, and not to mention who doesn’t like to see their games prize pool growing every year?
When The International had its debut back in 2011 the prize pot was set at $1.6 million. the following year did not see much of a change, but in 2013 Valve introduced the implementation of crowdfunding and it’s been making history ever since. In the three years since it’s inception, crowdfunding has boosted the total prize pot from $1.6 million to $20.77 million, and that’s jaw-dropping growth for three years.
At this rate, we can expect the pool to continue to grow and may even see a new record holder just next year.