$30 million seemed like an absurd amount of money for the prize pool at Fortnite’s first World Cup event, but Dota 2 has just surpassed it. Earlier this morning, the prize pool for the Valve-sponsored International 2019 hit $30.1 million and it’s still rising, making it the biggest cash prize ever in esports.
Valve revealed Dota 2's 2019 battle pass today and as you would expect it’s packed full of trinkets for the most diehard and well-heeled players to collect. In addition to the usual new cosmetics and modes though, there are also some helpful new features, including a party finder for avoiding toxic players.
Mars arrives in Dota 2 today adding another ancient god to the game’s existing pool of over 100 heroes. The melee carry has a giant shield that decreases damage he receives from the front and sides and has a bunch of crowd-control abilities that should make him fun to play.