TI6 Prize Pool: Strategic Salesmanship

Updates on the prize pool and leaky Valve concerns. (youtube screencap)
Updates on the prize pool and leaky Valve concerns. (youtube screencap) /

The TI6 prize pool gets an impressive boost of about 1.21 jigawatts from the weekend sale. In monetary terms, that’s about $2.5 million – enough to buy you a DeLorean.

Oh Gaben, you sly fox you! We should be onto your tricks by now. Many of us are, but that doesn’t stop us from lining your pockets anyway. Could you please stop impoverishing me with your excellent games, brilliant platform, and intelligent marketing strategies?

Great Scott! He's struck again!
Great Scott! He’s struck again! /

I’m sure you saw the weekend sale advertisement as you logged into our DOTA account, even if you didn’t chomp on that particular hook. Earlier today, The International 6 twitter had this to say about the results of that sale:

The International 2015 prize pool managed to climb as high as $18,429,613. It started off life as but a baby prize pool, with an initial base of $1.6 million. But, as time passed, we saw it grow into a mature, strapping prize pool. The contributed portion of the pool grew and grew, eventually adding a supermassive $16.8 million to the pot.

The contributed pool of TI6 is already at $15.1 million. With Gaben’s penchant for keeping his sleeves loaded with moneymaking aces, I’d say we’re well on track for the largest prize pool in DOTA history.

"I'm not touching you, I'm not touching you," says the TI6 chart line to the TI5 one. Graph sources from http://dota2.prizetrac.kr/international2016
“I’m not touching you, I’m not touching you,” says the TI6 chart line to the TI5 one. Graph sourced from http://dota2.prizetrac.kr/international2016 /

Excuse me, Egon, you said crossing the streams was bad

Day 13 and 37 of the official TI season saw near disaster when the TI5 and TI6 chart lines almost crossed. Don’t you remember what we learned from Ghostbusters, Gaben? Never cross the streams. At its closest, the prize pool growth charts were only separated by a mere $280,000. When dealing with orders of magnitude in the millions, that’s spitting distance.

Good advice is timeless.
Good advice is timeless. /

But all that seems to have been resolved by the timely release of more things we need in the form of the weekend sale. As Gaben continues to lighten our bank accounts to fund the most epic DOTA tournament purse ever, I’ll be keeping an eye on it for all you out there.

Ya know, so we can all commiserate together on how we should have devoted our lives to professional gaming.

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