By winning The International Dota 2 Championship tournament in 2021, Team Spirit took home $18.2 million of this years record prize pool of more than $40 million. For comparison, The International 2019 prize pool was somewhere just over $34 million.
The International Dota 2 Championship was held this weekend in Bucharest, Romania, and the Russian team was able to collect the largest esports prize pool in history. Team Spirit is the first team from Eastern Europe to win the Dota 2 International since 2011.
Purchases of special interactive events like Gompedium and Battlepass alongside Valve were responsible for this year’s prize pool of over $40 million. In the final tournament, 0.25% of the prize pool went to the two bottom teams, roughly $100.000, while the first-place team got around 45% of the prize pool.
The International 2021 was again broadcasted around the globe, free of charge, with play-by-play commentary in multiple languages. However, the 2021 Free Fire World Series still remains the most-watched eSports event of all time.