The International 2019 is heating up for Dota 2 as The Group Stage has now officially begun and the community-driven prize pool has hit a new record-breaking high.
The Group Stage going on now, with the second day starting around 1AM UTC Friday, is where you have two groups of nine teams and they face off against every other team in a best of two matchup. The top 4 teams advance onto the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, with the teams in 5th-8th place in each group advancing onto the Lower Bracket of the Main Event. The bottom team from each group is then eliminated!
The prize pool is now sitting at $33,031,622 (see here) which is absolutely insane. Previously Epic Games held the record for putting up $30 million for Fortnite's World Cup which came and went in July. Once The International 2019 is over, Valve will then hold the crown for the biggest single prize pool in e-sports history.
What you can get even if you come in 18th place is huge, currently at $82,582 with the top prize now being $15,029,834.
As mentioned before, it's a tidy earner for Valve too since only 25% of Battle Pass purchases go to the Prize Pool with Valve taking the rest.
Find the full schedule for The International 2019 here. You can watch it live on Twitch or SteamTV. You can also watch it directly in Dota 2, to get a little more control over what you see. If you're watching, what team will you be cheering on?
As always, find Dota 2 free to play on Steam.