Valve has reached a new high for The International in 2022, with the prize pool reaching $10 million thanks to ongoing battle pass sales; but it hasn't stopped it from falling behind several of Dota 2's previous records.
The TI11 battle pass has been chugging along at a steady pace since it was launched on September 1 and has placed it far ahead of most other esport prize pools in history.
This battle pass has dwindled in size compared to the previous two iterations of The International, and is slowly losing ground on their plans.
In less than 24 hours, TI11 broke the $7 million mark and was keeping pace with both the 2019 and 2021 events, which are currently the two highest prize pool totals in esports history, with $34,292,599 and $40,018,195.
The number of sales for 2022 has begun to fall to the point where the graph is nearly flattening, with the gap between the three recent events slowly narrowing.
The TI11 prize pool had risen to $10,067,686, owing to both the Valves' default base of $1.6 million and the contribution of $8,467,686 from 25 percent of total current battle pass expenditure. That's almost $1.5 million behind TI9 and over $2 million behind the current record holder in TI10.
The 2022 Battle Pass will still have a shortened time to raise money for TI11 because to Part I of the battle pass ending on November 2, and Part II ending the day after the event.
According to the numbers, two months is not enough time for this battle pass to raise over $40 million. The community is certainly not inclined to spend as much as the experts suggest.
Whether or not the battle pass dividing its content into two sections, thus limiting the offerings for Part I, is still unknown, but the reactions to this years battle pass have been largely negative.
For the first time since 2011, TI has not broken its own record for largest Dota 2 and overall esports prize pool, leaving TI10 as the reigning champion.
The prospect of a shocking comeback is still on the table, but with each day that passes and trends continuing to negatively impact sales, it becomes less and less likely.