The International, often abbreviated as TI, is an annual tournament organized by Valve. In 2015 Valve increased their number of hosted events, founding the Dota Major Championships which incorporates The International into its structure. The International remains the biggest and most prestigious event on the Major Championship circuit.
The first International was held in Cologne, Germany, during the trade show Gamescom, in order to unveil Dota 2 to worldwide audiences. It drew attention due to its staggering $1.6 million USD prize pool (with $1 million for the champion). 16 teams were invited to play for the title.
In 2012 The International moved to Seattle, Washington. The prize pool remained at $1.6 million USD. Only 14 teams were invited; two additional slots were awarded to the winners of regional qualifiers.
Since 2013, the Dota 2 community has been able to contribute to the prize pool. The total prize of The International 2013 grew to $2.8 million USD. The prize pool surpassed $10 million in 2014 and $20 million in 2016.
In 2018, after six years in Seattle, The International was held in Vancouver, Canada. In 2019, The International was held in Shanghai, China, the prize pool surpassed $34 million, making it the largest prize pool for any single esports tournament until it was surpassed by The International 2021.
The International 2021 was originally scheduled to take place in Stockholm, Sweden in 2020, but was delayed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, the event was relocated to take place in Bucharest, Romania due to potential problems with COVID-19 related restrictions in Sweden.
The International 2022 will be held in Singapore.
|Tournament||Date||Prize Pool||% Of Previous Year||Fundraising Days||Average Amount Per Day1|
|The International 2011||2011.08.17-2011.08.21||$1,600,000||-||-||-|
|The International 2012||2012.08.26-2012.09.02||$1,600,000||100%||-||-|
|The International 2013||2013.08.03-2013.08.11||$2,874,380||179.6%||98||$13,004|
|The International 2014||2014.07.08-2014.07.21||$10,923,977||380.4%||73||$127,726|
|The International 2015||2015.07.27-2015.08.08||$18,429,613||168.7%||101||$166,630|
|The International 2016||2016.08.03-2016.08.13||$20,770,460||112.7%||90||$213,005|
|The International 2017||2017.08.07-2017.08.12||$24,787,916||119.3%||101||$229,583|
|The International 2018||2018.08.15-2018.08.25||$25,532,177||103%||110||$217,565|
|The International 2019||2019.08.15-2019.08.25||$34,330,068||134.4%||110||$297,546|
|The International 2021||2021.10.07-2021.10.17||$40,018,195||116.5%||137||$349,256|
- 1 This average does not include Valve's $1,600,000 base prize pool