The reward swimming pool for Dota 2’s The International tournament has surpassed $15M USD, with 20 days having passed since the Battle Pass went live. The distinct crowdfunding tool permits players to add to Valve’s initial $1.6 M reward swimming pool through in-game purchases, built around a leveling reward system.

In 2015 the Fight Pass helped TI9 reach a total reward pot of $34.6 M– the highest of any esports competition to date. By even conservative price quotes, the present Fight Pass must surpass this at its present development rate.

Despite maintaining a lead over last year’s prize swimming pool, per hour sales for the TI10 Battle Pass have varied by just over $500K over the last five days. This remains in plain contrast to last year, where TI9 Battle Pass sales never fell listed below a $2M gap compared to 2018.

In previous years, there has normally been a sales lull in June, which turns around once again content is launched in the Summer season. As envisioned by the site Dota 2 Reward Pool Tracker, day 51 of 2019 saw the steepest single-day climb on record (beyond the initial sales period), from $19.6 M to $22.5 M.

As formerly reported, the impacts of the COVID-19 economic downturn– including fast increases in joblessness and lower non reusable income– along with limited gain access to in some areas to internet coffee shops most likely impacted the variety of individuals acquiring the Fight Pass, though some players have invested as much as $25K to level up. What’s yet to be seen is for how long the Battle Pass will eventually be offered, offered the competition it is supposed to support has actually been delayed to at least 2021.

It’s worth highlighting that, in June, Valve has carried out numerous modifications to the Battle Pass system in action to community feedback. Rewards from certain features such as Guild and Betting have actually been increased, while the Sideshop mini-game (which was initially gotten rid of after gamer criticisms) has been reintroduced, but as an optional alternative to collecting benefits.