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Dota 2 “WTF” $10 mil stretch goal – Analysis

“TEN MILLION DOLLARS” !! “TEN FU*kN MILLION DOLLARS”. There is no way we cannot be so emphatic when we say that the prize pool for TI4 is 10 million dollars. This is the largest prize money pool in the Esports history. Last year, the prize pool for TI3 was $2,874,407 USD. This year, if the 10 mil goal is achieved, then the prize money would have increased by 3.5 times.

To put the sum into perspective, i will compare the prize pool with some of the grand sporting events. Assuming we hit $10 mil and like last year, 50% of the prize pool goes to the winning team; then the winning team will be taking home a whooping $5 million($1 million to each player). To compare the enormity of the sum the winner receives ; take a look at the below events and their prize amounts.

Name of the Event

Prize Pool

Prize Money to Individual Winner

Tour de France

$3 Million


The Boston Marathon



The Kentucky Derby

$2.2 Million

$1.4 million

World Series of Poker

$8.5 Million

Call of Duty Championship

$1 Million

League of Legends Season Four Championship



DOTA 2 – The International 2014

$10 Million

$5 Million

Valve initially fixed a prize pool goal of only $6 Million dollars. When the $6 Million goal was easily achieved, they expanded it to $10 Million. There is no surprise even if the prize pool goes beyond $10 Million. Thanks to all the Immortal items, couriers and other very unique perks given to compendium owners by Valve.

A comparison between the stretch goals reached in TI3 and TI4 is given below.

The results for TI4 are off the charts. The chart below shows the comparison for 75 days. The TI3 Prize pool grew at snail’s pace compared to the growth of TI4’s prize pool. The chart below is the proof that there is a God and he wants us to enjoy Dota to the fullest 😀 🙂 .


Comparison of Prize Pool between TI3 and TI4

Comparison of Prize Pool between TI3 and TI4


Now, if we think about WHY Dota 2 is so popular and has a HUGE player base, there are various reasons :

1) The game is free-to-play.

2) The flaws in the previous version (Dota 1) have been taken care of (like Graphics).

3) This version of the game is more user-friendly and has awesome in-game assistance when compared to its previous counterpart.

4) The game maintains perfect balance (like the previous version) – overpowered heroes are regularly debuffed.

5) The harassment levels have reduced very significantly after measures were incorporated by Valve to take action on Abusers (Communication Abuse, Intentional Feeding etc).

6) The game has an in-game option to watch games played by other players. This way, we can easily keep track of our favorite teams/players and learn from them.

7) The stats can be captured and displayed by third-party websites (like Dotabuff).

8) The awesome in-game items for heroes that comes from the workshop (not available in Dota 1).

The above are some of the predominant features that has pulled in players from all parts of the world. Some of the other features that are attractive and help attract players are the hero sound tracks, the taunts, the MMR and things like that.

I really hope that we reach $10 million goal and go beyond that and make history (We have already made history but it doesn’t hurt to make it even more magnanimous).

The graph below depicts the steady increase in the number of players from July 2012 to May 2014. It is self-explanatory.

Number of players - JUL 2012 to May 2014

Number of players – JUL 2012 to May 2014

On the side note, if you haven’t already heard, Google is planning to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. The talks went on in May but for some reason, a deal was not worked out. However, in the near future, Twitch is going to be part of the Google family!




One comment on “Dota 2 “WTF” $10 mil stretch goal – Analysis

  1. dota
    August 31, 2015

    Touche. Solid arguments. Keep up the amazing effort.

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