What's at stake?
The year's first Dota 2 major is underway and the preliminary rounds have ended. Sixteen teams began competing for a prize pool of $1,000,000 dollars on 4th March at the Polyvalent Hall in Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
The winners will bag half of the prize pool and go home with $500,000. The runners-up will get $200,000 and 3rd place and 4th place would get $90,000 each. Places 5th to 8th will round up the prize pool getting $30,000 each.
One million dollars is not all that they are competing for as the tournament is also worth 1,500 all important Dota Pro Circuit Points. These points are really important as these points are the sole deciders to which teams get an invite to The International 2018.
The 8 teams with maximum points will get an invite to The International 2018, which is widely considered to be the biggest e-sports tournament of the year.
Qualification to The International is always very important as last year's International boasted a prize pool of $24,787,916. Out of the 24.7 million dollars, only $1.6 million dollars were sponsored by Dota 2 developers, Valve.
$23.1 million dollars were fan sponsored as 25% of all in-game purchases made by the players went to the prize pool. Given the current demographic, The International 2018 should have a prize pool just below $30 million dollars.
The only way to get an invite is to accumulate the previously mentioned DPC Points. Thus, majors are so important to players and organizations alike.