If you have kids and are wondering what the perfect job for them is, you might want to add competitive esports to the list. The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International 2019, will start this month, and the prize pool is over $30 million.
Tons of people from all over the globe will be watching, there will be betting sites taking wagers on The International, and the tournament winners will be celebrated as true heroes.
Thanks to social media and platforms like Twitch, competitive gaming is catching up with traditional sports fast. In fact, the insane money on the line is more than many of them have to offer, even at the biggest stage.
The International 2019 Finals will start on August 20th, and it will feature a total of sixteen teams that will face each other in a double-elimination format. The whole event will last six days, and the top four teams will share the cash.
The initial prize pool of The International 2019 was “only” $1,600,000, but the tournament also sells the so-called “Battle Pass” to each Dota 2 player, and 25% of the money goes directly into the prize pool. As a result, the winning team will receive over $14 million, and the amount is rising. Not bad for six days’ work.
That’s not the first time an esports tournament has hit such numbers. The Fortnite World Cup 2019 gave away $30 million across three different events.
This signals another milestone in the rapid development in esports, and it won’t be too long before we start seeing tournaments with $50 million or more on the line. The future of the industry is certainly booming.
Which brings us to the start of this article. If you are trying to prevent your kids from playing video games for too long, you might want to reconsider.