Dota 2 has been an esport since August 2011 when Valve invited 16 teams to compete in a tournament at Gamescom. This event would later become known as The International in 2013. The International prize pool is crowd funded through the “Compendium” battle pass. This optional in game pass draws money from players who buy loot boxes.
25% of all Compendium revenue goes into the prize pool. Last year’s crowd fund generated over $100 million, which led to The International’s $25 million prize pool. The Dota 2 Asia Championships is another big event. Sometimes called the “Chinese International”, it features a multimillion-dollar prize pool every year.
Tens of millions of people watch major Dota 2 matches through streaming platforms. Twitch serves as the largest platform for people to view Dota 2 action. Live matches have also appeared on TV networks in the UK (BBC Three), US (ESPN), Germany (Sport1), China (Xinwen Lianbo), Denmark (TV 2 Zulu), and Philippines (TV5).