The International 4: Dotaball
For those of you who know me personally, you will understand how much of a Dota 2 fan I am. I’ve been playing the game for ages, never seem to get any better, but still pump small wads of money into this free-to-play game. Obviously, I recently bought a compendium for The International 4.
Thankfully since there are people who are a lot smarter than me, a Reddit user was able to put together a mathematical equation, having a look at the compendium “by the numbers”. Based on the calculations should things continue the way they are currently going, the prize pool should get to goal 19 which is around $9 million. By comparison, the prize pool for The International 2013 was $2,874,381. Alliance, the winning team, took home half of that for the gold with the second place Na’Vi taking home just over $600,000 and the teams below them, considerably less. Should this trend continue and the winning team takes half of the prize money, the winner for this year will receive around $4.5 million (if we get the aforementioned goal). For now though, let’s stick with the current prize pool of $6.2 million, so our winning team should get just over $3.1 million.
According to Forbes, at the current prize pool, The International 4 would slot in at ninth for “The Ten Richest Sporting Events in the World”. It wouldn’t be too far behind The World Series of Poker but begins to get dwarfed by things like the FedEx Cup (golf) and the Super Bowl (NFL). At number one, the UEFA Champions League rocks a cool $65 million with the FIFA World Cup pulling up in second with $31 million, so football (or soccer) players are horrendously overpaid…
In terms of eSports earnings, the highest overall eSports earning in the world is Lee ‘Jaedong’ Jae Dong (according to eSports Earnings), a Korean StarCraft and StarCraft 2 player. This man has been playing StarCraft since a very young age, started earning huge money when he was 17 (he’s now 24), has placed first in 13 tournaments around the world, second in nine of them and third in eight of them. Last year he took part in 15 tournaments and earned a little over $120,000. What this means is that any team in The International 4 can take the win, and each player will be instantly rocketed to the top of the eSports list. Not only that, but they will be able to earn more individually, than the best NFL or MLB players in the world.